The Washington Times - April 26, 2013, 11:05AM

The Washington Capitals are locked into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They could face the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers or New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.

Here’s what would have to happen to cause each matchup:

SEE RELATED:


THE CAPS WOULD FACE THE MAPLE LEAFS IF …

The Senators win each of their final two games (Sat. vs. Flyers, Sun. at Bruins) AND the Maple Leafs lose their final game (Sat. vs. Canadiens).

Washington went 1-2 vs. Toronto during the regular season.

THE CAPS WOULD FACE THE SENATORS IF …

The Senators win each of their final two games AND the Maple Leafs pick up one or two points in their final game.

OR

The Senators pick up three points in their final two games.

OR

The Senators pick up two points in their final two games AND the Rangers (Sat. vs. Devils) and Islanders (Friday at Sabres) both lose their final game, either in regulation, overtime or a shootout.

OR

The Senators win one of their final two games in regulation or overtime AND the Rangers lose their final game, either in regulation, overtime or a shootout OR win their final game in a shootout. The Islanders’ result would be not affect the No. 6 seed.

Washington went 0-2-1 vs. Ottawa during the regular season.

THE CAPS WOULD FACE THE RANGERS IF …

The Rangers win their final game in regulation or overtime and the Senators pick up one point or fewer in their final two games OR go 1-1 with a shootout victory.

OR

The Rangers win their final game in a shootout and the Senators pick up one point or fewer in their final two games.

OR

The Rangers pick up a point in their final game and the Senators lose their final two games in regulation AND the Islanders lose their final game in regulation, overtime or a shootout.

OR

Washington went 1-2 with a shootout victory vs. New York during the regular season.

THE CAPS WOULD FACE THE ISLANDERS IF …

The Senators lose both their final games in regulation AND the Rangers lose their final game in regulation.

Washington went 1-2 with a shootout victory vs. New York during regular season.

Remaining schedule

Devils at Rangers, 3 p.m. Saturday

Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens, 7 p.m. Saturday

Flyers at Senators, 7 p.m. Saturday

Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. Sunday

Current ROW (regulation and overtime wins), first tiebreaker:

Rangers 21

Senators 20

Islanders 20

Combined points, second tiebreaker:

Senators vs. Islanders: Senators win

Senators vs. Rangers: Senators win

Rangers vs. Islanders: Rangers win

Three-way tie: Senators win

Likelihood of No. 6 seed (according Sports Club Stats)

Senators: 49 percent

Rangers: 39 percent

Maple Leafs: 8 percent

Islanders: 3 percent