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In the Driver's Seat

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Hello, here's your table update for the day. Unlike in Furious 6, the runway is running out for all of the teams. Here is a table of just the teams that could pass us and the ones we can pass. The Bruins row bolded, and other teams' magic numbers to beat the Bruins are in italics:

Place Team GP W L OTL PTS ROW Pot Max Det Was Bos Ott Flo
EC3 Detroit Red Wings 76 40 23 13 93 37 12 105 -- 11 8 7 2
WC1 Washington Capitals 77 42 25 10 94 38 10 104 11 -- 7 6 1
WC2 Boston Bruins 77 39 25 13 91 36 10 101 14 13 -- 9 4
Out Ottawa Senators 76 38 26 12 88 32 12 100 17 16 13 -- 7
Out Florida Panthers 77 35 27 15 85 27 10 95 20 19 16 15 --

Pretty good, huh? I thought so. All the Bruins have to do to be in the playoffs is get 9 of 10 points. They can get fewer and still get in, if Ottawa/Florida are okay with it. The Bruins, however, are like Dominic Toretto: in the driver's seat. Here are the games remaining for all teams involved:

Date Time Team
Opponent
4/2/2015 7:30:00 PM Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings
4/2/2015 7:30:00 PM Florida Senators Carolina Hurricanes
4/2/2015 7:30:00 PM Ottawa Senators Tampa Bay Lightning
4/2/2015 7:30:00 PM Washington Capitals @ Montreal Canadiens
4/4/2015 7:00:00 PM Detroit Red Wings @ Minnesota Wild
4/4/2015 7:00:00 PM Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators
4/4/2015 7:00:00 PM Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs
4/4/2015 7:00:00 PM Florida Senators Tampa Bay Lightning
4/5/2015 5:00:00 PM Washington Capitals @ Detroit Red Wings
4/5/2015 5:00:00 PM Florida Senators Montreal Canadiens
4/5/2015 7:30:00 PM Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs
4/7/2015 7:30:00 PM Detroit Red Wings Carolina Hurricanes
4/7/2015 7:30:00 PM Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins
4/8/2015 8:00:00 PM Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals
4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM Ottawa Senators @ New York Rangers
4/9/2015 7:30:00 PM Detroit Red Wings @ Montreal Canadiens
4/9/2015 7:30:00 PM Boston Bruins @ Florida Panthers
4/11/2015 12:30:00 PM Ottawa Senators @ Philadelphia Flyers
4/11/2015 12:30:00 PM Washington Capitals New York Rangers
4/11/2015 7:00:00 PM Florida Senators New Jersey Devils
4/11/2015 7:30:00 PM Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning

I've bolded the Bruins games, and italicized the ones between opponents on the table up top. That's right - 3 of the Bruins 5 remaining Bruins games are against opponents near them in the standings. Should be a fun week and a half!