The Montreal Canadiens can book a ticket to the playoffs tonight. After a disappointing 2015-16 season, which saw Carey Price only play 12 games due to a knee injury, Habs fans will be very eager to see the Canadiens play in the playoffs once again. If the Habs were to make the playoffs, it would mark the 8th time in 10 years that the Canadiens would see playoff action.
With the Habs up against the Florida Panthers, plus 16 other teams in action tonight, the Canadiens can clinch a playoff spot if:
1. They win against the Panthers in regulation or overtime.
2. They win against the Panthers in shootout AND either of the following occurs:
-the Bruins beat the Blues in any fashion
-The Lightning lose to the Red Wings in any fashion or beat the Red Wings in shootout
3. They get one point AND the Islanders lose to the flyers in any fashion or beat the Flyers in a shootout AND either of the following occurs:
-The Lightning lose to the Red Wings in any fashion
-The Bruins lose to the Stars in regulation
4. The Lightning lose to the Red Wings in regulation AND the Islanders lose to the Flyers in any fashion AND the Hurricanes lose to the Blue Jackets in any fashion.
The Habs can become the 10th team to clinch a berth in the playoffs tonight. This would also make them the first Atlantic division team to clinch a spot and would put them in a great position to win the division and secure home ice advantage through at least the 1st and 2nd rounds of the playoffs. If the Habs were to make the if that far.
Despite all the possibilities, I think that all Habs fans can agree that they would love to see them clinch with a victory at the Bell Centre tonight.