After last night's games (Thursday, March 29), the Ottawa Senators sit six points behind the New Jersey Devils (who defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4). The Devils are in sixth place in the conference, the Senators seventh.
The Senators have the tiebreaker against the Devils, as well as a game in hand. But for the Sens to move up to seventh place, they're going to need help. The following is only one of a handful of possible scenarios by which the Sens could improve to sixth in the East.
First, the Senators will have to beat the Devils on Saturday, April 7. For both teams it will be their last game of the regular season. The Senators need the victory to ensure that they are tied for games won in their season series with the Devils.
Second, the Devils will also have to lose at least two of the three games preceding their season finale, in regulation.
Third, the Senators will have to win at least three of the four games preceding their season finale. They may win only one of them in the shoot-out.
Put it altogether: in order to move up to sixth place, the Sens have to win four of their last five, and the Devils have to lose three of their last four.
Go Sens! ... and whichever teams are playing the Devils.