After the New York Rangers eliminated the New Jersey Devils from playoff contention with a 4-1 win, there are only five teams left that are possible first round opponents for the Habs.
If the season ended today, we would get to see a Canadiens vs Maple Leafs first round matchup because the two are seeded 4th and 5th respectively.
Another likely opponent for the Canadiens is the Ottawa Senators. They currently hold a 2 point lead over the Rangers for the 7th seed.
The New York Islanders currently sit 6th in the east but only 1 point ahead of the Senators. If they do slide down a bit in the standings, they may see the Habs in the opening round.
That also means the Rangers are very likely opponents for the Habs as well. The Rangers have are 1 point ahead of the Jets for the final playoff spot but the Jets do have a game in hand.
With that said, the Winnipeg Jets could also find themselves in a first round series with the Canadiens if they can slide into a playoff spot.
We’ll just have to wait and see how the final week of the season goes down to find out who the Montreal Canadiens will play in the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
How the Habs opponent will be determined:
At this point, the Habs are 4th in the east but tied for the Northeast division lead with the Bruins, so if they do win the division they would rank 2nd in the conference and play the #7 seed in the first round. If things stay the way they are now, they would end up playing the #5 seed in the first round.