NHL Playoffs 2012: Ottawa Senators Loss Leaves Door Open For Washington Capitals To Grab No. 7 Seed

The Washington Capitals have their eyes on the No. 3 seed and another Southeast Division championship on Saturday night as they face the New York Rangers, but that's a position that's out of their control. The Florida Panthers will win the division with one single point against the Carolina Hurricanes in their final game.

If Florida wins, the Capitals won't be stuck with the No. 8 seed, though. Thanks to an Ottawa Senators loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon, the Capitals can grab the No. 7 seed with a victory over the Rangers. If the Capitals lose, they'll be stuck in eighth regardless of what happens between between Florida and Carolina.

The seventh seed will travel to face the Boston Bruins in the first round while the eighth seed will prepare for a date with the top-ranked Rangers.

Stick with our StoryStream for full coverage of Saturday's complete day of NHL action.

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