On Tuesday night, the New York Rangers 5-3 defeat of the Philadelphia Flyers clinches home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The win allows the Rangers to rest some players over the next week if head coach John Tortarella doesn't care about the Presidents Trophy all that much. With games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals left, it will be interesting to see how it's handled.
The standings are as follows in the East:
1) New York - 109 points
2) Boston - 98 points
3) Florida - 92 points
4) Pittsburgh - 104 points
5) Philadelphia - 101 points
6) New Jersey - 98 points
7) Ottawa - 92 points
8) Washington - 88 points
Below New York, a few spots remain up for grabs. Florida believe it or not could actually miss the playoffs if it lost both remaining games and both Buffalo and Washington won theirs.
All of the other squads have sewn up playoff berths, with the Rangers and Boston the only two completely locked into their current seed.