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NHL Standings 2012: Rangers To Face Ottawa In Opening Round Of Playoffs

The New York Rangers cruised through the regular season, racking up an Eastern Conference-best 109 points and the top seed in standings heading into the playoffs. Until Saturday night, however, it was unclear whom the team would playoff in the first round.

That question has been answered, as New York will take on Ottawa when each team begins its quest for Stanley Cup glory.

The good news for New York is that they appear amongst the favorites to survive the Eastern Conference, but it wont be easy to start out against a Senators squad that defeated them on three of four occasions this regular season.

Ottawa was recently in contention with the Bruins for the Northeast Division crown, but a late season fade left them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket.

The series start date will be announced in the coming days.

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