As the 2021-22 NHL regular season comes to a close, there’s still a bit that needs to be decided out of the Eastern Conference. Right now, the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes are locked into the top seeds out of the Metro and Atlantic divisions, respectively. There are some matchups that could be altered depending on how the final few games shake out. Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference playoff picture in the final week with a short breakdown.
Eastern Conference playoff picture (as of April 29 AM)
UPDATE, April 29 AM: There’s the potential for a bit of movement in the Eastern Conference as most of the conference prepares for its final game of the regular season. The Bruins and Lightning are one point apart in the Atlantic Division and the Penguins and Capitals are one point apart in the Metropolitan division. The final day of the regular season for the Eastern Conference will feature the following relevant matchups:
Boston @ Toronto
Washington @ New York
Columbus @ Pittsburgh
There’s the potential for a bit of movement in the Eastern Conference as the final week of the season comes to a close. The Penguins could be jumped by the Capitals for third place in the Metro Division, which would pit Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin against the Panthers as opposed to the Rangers. There’s also an outside shot that the Bruins jump the Lightning for the 3-seed and end up facing the Maple Leafs instead of the Hurricanes in the first round. Historically, you’ve got to think Boston would be thrilled with that matchup, as well as everyone working at the League.