Tonight’s tilt at Madison Square Garden between the Rangers and Canadiens could go a long way in shaking out the Bruins’ first-round opponent.
Montreal (92 points), currently in seventh place, leads eighth-place New York (89 points) by three points. Each team has three games remaining. If the Canadiens win, they will have 94 points and clinch a playoff spot. However, Andrei Markov and Mathieu Schneider, Montreal’s top power-play point men, are not expected to play tonight.
Florida (89 points), currently in ninth place, plays at Philadelphia tonight. The Panthers also have three games remaining.