The (Final) Week Ahead

There’s only a week left in the regular season and just three games remaining on the schedule, but there’s a whole lot yet to be determined in the standings. As things currently stand, the Penguins can still capture the Eastern Conference and/or the Atlantic Division title. They can also slide down to 5th.

The good news is that Pittsburgh controls its destiny when home-ice advantage is concerned. The Pens have 100 points to Tampa’s 99 – both have three games left. Catching Philadelphia (103 points) will take a lot of luck, but the Flyers are free-falling right now so anything’s possible. Some more good news: Pittsburgh finishes the campaign against three non-playoff opponents.

Here’s the Pens remaining schedule:

Tuesday vs. New Jersey

The Pens host the Devils in the final regular-season home game in Consol’s first year. New Jersey cooled off considerably after their midseason resurgence and is 2-3-1 in their last six games. Pittsburgh owns the season series (3-1-1) and looks to pick up its 25th home victory of the season.

Friday at New York Islanders

Uh-oh. This is the encore to Feb. 11’s “Debacle on Long Island.” We’ll have more about this game later in the week, but the Pens lead the season series 3-1-1. The Islanders have lost four out of their last five.

Sunday at Atlanta

Atlanta, still mired in mediocrity, is a good opponent to end the season with. Not only have the Pens won all three meetings this season, but the Thrashers close out with three games in four days.