NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Eastern Conference Scenarios Complicated

OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 23: Zenon Konopka #28 of the Ottawa Senators wins a faceoff against Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Place on April 23, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Rangers defeated the Senators 3-2. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The list of possible Eastern Conference Semifinal matchups is still a complex one as we prepare for two Game 7's Thursday evening.

There are two Game 7's in the NHL playoffs on Thursday night and, because of that, we're still unsure of what the matchups will look like in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Plenty of possibilities remain thanks to the NHL's quirky (yet logical) re-seeding format, so let's try to break it all down.

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The No. 5-seeded Philadelphia Flyers and the No. 7 Washington Capitals have advanced. The top-seeded New York Rangers, the No. 8-seeded Ottawa Senators, the No. 3-Florida Panthers and the No. 6 New Jersey Devils will fight for the final two spots Thursday.

If New York and Florida win:

(1) NYR vs. (7) WSH
(3) FLA vs. (5) PHI

If New York and New Jersey win:

(1) NYR vs. (8) WSH
(5) PHI vs. (6) NJD

If Ottawa and New Jersey win:

(5) PHI vs. (8) OTT
(6) NJD vs. (7) WSH

If Ottawa and Florida win:

(3) FLA vs. (8) OTT
(5) PHI vs. (7) WSH

Philadelphia cannot face New York, and if the Rangers win, they'll play the Capitals. That's about all we're sure of as we enter the final day of the Conference Semifinal round.

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