The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers seem destined to play a potential nine times in three weeks, a scenario that could produce one of the most bitter chapters in the long history of these clubs' ugly rivalry. After Philly's 6-4 win Sunday, they climbed within striking distance of taking home ice away from the Pens in the potential 4/5 seed match-up in the Eastern Conference:
|New York Rangers||79||50-22-7||107|
|New Jersey Devils||79||45-28-6||96|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||79||37-35-7||81|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||79||34-36-9||77|
|New York Islanders||79||33-35-11||77|
At 96 points, the New Jersey Devils are unlikely to catch either team relegating the final week of the regular season to a Pennsylvania battle for home ice. Despite a one point lead, the Pens have a slightly tougher two-game stretch (at No. 2 Boston, vs. the top-seeded Rangers) than Philadelphia (two home games vs. the Rangers and Sabres) before the clubs meet at CONSOL Energy Center Saturday, with home ice potentially still on the line.