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Friday, 04.03.2009 / 11:31 AM / Features
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BLOG: WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
 NHL TIEBREAKERS

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:

1. The greater number of games won.

2. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.

3. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.

[Note: Uneven number of games rule omitted as all teams play an 82 game season.]
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Buffalo Sabres are fighting for the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Suffering a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Sabres remain in 10th place in the standings with 85 points.

So what will it take to make the playoffs? Check out the scenarios below:

Eastern Conference Standings:

1. Boston 112
2. Washington 104
3. New Jersey 102
4. Philadelphia 95
5. Carolina 95
6. Pittsburgh 93
7. Montreal 92
8. NY Rangers 89
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9. Florida 89
10. Buffalo 85
11. Toronto 77
12. Ottawa 76

If the Sabres win all four remaining games:


They would need the Rangers and Panthers to each lose one game to secure a playoff spot.

The Rangers and Panthers each have three games remaining. If both teams go 2-1-0 down the stretch, the Sabres would still secure a playoff spot due to tiebreakers.

If the Rangers win two of their three remaining games down the stretch, they would match the Sabres’ 95 points and 43 wins. However, Buffalo would win the tiebreaker, holding a 3-1 season series lead against New York.

The same theory applies to the Panthers, who currently sit two points ahead of Buffalo in ninth place. If the Panthers lose one of their remaining three games – tying the Sabres with 95 points – Buffalo would still claim the tiebreaker with 43 wins to Florida’s 42 wins.

If the Sabres win three out of four games:

The same pattern would follow suit. The Sabres would need the Rangers and Panthers to each lose two of their remaining games. If the Rangers and Panthers go 1-2-0, the Sabres would still secure a playoff spot due to tiebreakers.

NOTE: These scenarios do NOT account for overtime / shootout losses.

Eastern Conference

RK Team PTS W GR G75 G76 G77 G78 G79 G80 G81 G82
4 PHI 95 42 4 L L W OTL FLA @NYR @NYI NYR
5 CAR 95 44 3 W W W W W NYI BUF @NJD
6 PIT 93 42 3 W W W OTL L @TBL NYI @MTL
7 MTL 92 41 4 SOL W W W OTT @NYR @BOS PIT
8 NYR 89 40 3 L L W L L MTL PHI @PHI
9 FLA 89 39 3 W W W L W @PHI @ATL WSH
10 BUF 85 38 4 W OTL W L DET @TOR @CAR BOS


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