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Sidney Crosby and the Penguins remain potential first-round opponents of the Rangers going into the final day of the NHL's regular season on Saturday.Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

Sidney Crosby and the Penguins remain potential first-round opponents of the Rangers going into the final day of the NHL’s regular season on Saturday.

WASHINGTON – The Rangers have four potential first-round playoff opponents: the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins or Detroit Red Wings. Here are a dizzying amount of scenarios for today’s NHL action – courtesy of the team – that could result in the Blueshirts facing any of the four:

1. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (81 GP, 42-27-12, 96 points) – Today’s game: at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Rangers would play Pittsburgh in the first round IF:

-Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Boston, and Detroit all have the same result today

-Pittsburgh loses in regulation AND Boston loses in regulation against Tampa Bay

-Pittsburgh loses in OT/SO AND Ottawa gains at least one point against Philadelphia

-Pittsburgh wins in regulation/OT AND Ottawa wins AND Detroit gains at least one point against Carolina

-Pittsburgh wins in SO AND Ottawa wins

Pittsburgh’s tiebreakers:

vs. Ottawa – Pittsburgh has tiebreaker in ROW

vs. Detroit – Detroit has tiebreaker in head-to-head (Pittsburgh can pass them in ROW)

vs. Boston – Boston has tiebreaker in head-to-head (Pittsburgh enters today with one more point and one more ROW)

2. OTTAWA SENATORS (81 GP, 42-26-13, 97 points) – Today’s game: at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.

Rangers would play Ottawa in the first round IF:

-Ottawa loses in regulation AND Boston loses in any way AND Pittsburgh gains at least one point

-Ottawa loses in regulation AND Pittsburgh loses in regulation AND Boston wins in any way

-Ottawa loses in OT/SO AND Pittsburgh wins

Ottawa’s tiebreakers:

-vs. Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh has tiebreaker in ROW

-vs. Boston – Boston currently has tiebreaker as they enter today with one more ROW than Ottawa (two points behind). There is no scenario in which the two teams will be tied in points and ROW after today

-vs. Detroit – Detroit has tiebreaker in ROW

3. BOSTON BRUINS (81 GP, 41-27-13, 95 points) – Today’s game: at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Rangers would play Boston in the first round IF:

-Boston wins in regulation/OT AND Ottawa gains at least one point AND Pittsburgh loses in any way

-Boston wins in a shootout AND Ottawa gains at least one point AND Pittsburgh loses in regulation

-Boston wins in regulation/OT AND Pittsburgh wins in regulation/OT AND Ottawa loses in regulation

-Boston wins in a shootout AND Pittsburgh wins in any way AND Ottawa loses in regulation

Boston’s Tiebreakers:

-vs. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh enters today with one more ROW. However, if the two teams are tied in points and ROW, Boston has the tiebreaker

-vs. Ottawa: Boston has the tiebreaker in ROW (no scenario in which the teams are tied in points and ROW)

-vs. Detroit: Boston cannot tie Detroit in points

4. DETROIT RED WINGS (81 GP, 42-25-14, 98 points) – Today’s game: at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Rangers would play Detroit in the first round IF:

Detroit loses in regulation AND Ottawa wins in any way AND Pittsburgh wins in regulation/OT

MEANWHILE, ON TODAY’S GAME IN WASHINGTON (Rangers at Capitals, 12:30 p.m.)

Remember, the Capitals are still playing to lock up home-ice advantage in their first-round series matchup against the Islanders. Meanwhile, here are the Rangers’ simple goals for their season finale.

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