A look ahead to Round 2
Eight days in, and we can already look a bit at the second-round matchups.
In the Eastern Conference, anyway. One series is over, two have teams up 3-1 and the other is 2-1. In the West, three series are tied 2-2, and the fourth, Anaheim-Dallas, could be tied up tonight.
Let's assume Montreal advances. They can't play Pittsburgh, given those teams finished 1-2, and will get either the Rangers (assuming they win) or Philadelphia. Washington, in third spot, also cannot face Montreal in the next round.
So, if you subscribe to the notion that a 3-1 lead is bulletproof, Montreal faces the Flyers if they win their series, or the Rangers if Washington advances. Pittsburgh will either face New York or Washington (as long as the Habs move on).