So the Western Conference Playoff teams are set:
In the West, the Canadian teams have struggled terribly in the second half of the season. No one would have thought the Oilers (well, maybe except Flames' fans) would finish in the absolute basement. It almost seemed, with the Flames at least, that the Olympic break completely derailed their season. The Canucks, however, with Luongo coming off the Gold Medal win against the US team in the Olympics, only seemed to get stronger.
Oddly enough, although the playoff teams are determined in the West, the Conference Champion has not. In the East with the top five positions determined, the Washington Capitals have clinched the Eastern Conference Championship. Montreal, Philadelphia, Boston, and yes, the New York Rangers, are still fighting it out for a chance to play hockey instead of golf when the regular season ends.
As Puck Daddy puts it, the Playoff Death Watch continues.