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You’re a Flyers fan now: Looking at the Bruins’ playoff seeding scenarios

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First is out of the question.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins Photo by Andre/Ringuette/Getty Images

Weirdly enough, the NHL website doesn’t have an easy place to see the round robin standings.

The “Standings” page is still showing the regular season standings for some reason, but don’t worry: we’ve got your back.

Round robin standings of Thursday, August 6 (AM)

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0-0 4 PTS
  2. Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0-0, 2 PTS
  3. Washington Capitals, 0-1-1, 1 PT
  4. Boston Bruins, 0-2-0, 0 PTS

The Bruins have played two of their round robin games, and have nothing to show for it. As a result, both the #1 and #2 seeds are out of reach.

  • #1 is out of reach because Tampa Bay, currently in 1st, already has 4 points, and the Bruins can earn a maximum of 2 points.
  • #2 is out of reach because the Flyers and Capitals play each other this afternoon, and one of them has to win. The Flyers would have 4 points with a win and the Capitals would have 3 points with a win.

As a result, the best the Bruins could finish would be #3, but they’d need some help. They currently do not control their own destiny.

Let’s start with the easy scenario.

If the Bruins lose to Washington...

  • They finish with the #4 seed. That one’s pretty simple. 0 points, bottom seed.

The rest of the seeding scenarios depend on what happens with the Flyers-Capitals game this afternoon, so we’ll know a lot more about the Bruins’ chances at the #3 seed as of Thursday night.

As the Bruins own the tie-breaker against both Philly and Washington due to their regular season record, there are several different scenarios in play.

If the Flyers win in regulation...

  • The Bruins can clinch the #3 seed with any kind of win over the Capitals on Sunday.

If the Flyers win in OT/shootout...

  • The Bruins can clinch the #3 seed with a regulation win over the Capitals on Sunday. The win must be in regulation, as an OT/shootout win would give the Caps the #3 seed.

If the Capitals win in regulation...

  • The Bruins can clinch the #3 seed with a win over the Capitals on Sunday AND a Tampa Bay regulation win over Philadelphia on Saturday.

If the Capitals win in OT/shootout...

  • The Bruins are the #4 seed, regardless of what they do on Sunday. This nightmare scenario would give both the Flyers and Capitals 3 points, meaning the Bruins couldn’t catch either.

So there you have it! You’re rooting for the Flyers against the Capitals on Thursday afternoon.

If the Flyers win in any fashion, the Bruins are the #3 seed with a regulation win on Sunday.

Your ideal scenario is a Flyers regulation win. Of course, the looming issue here is the Bruins would still need to beat Washington, something they’ve struggled with in recent years.

Still, they won the last one, and we’re in bizarro world. Anything can happen!