For what it’s worth, the numbers crunches at sportsclubstats.com say the Canadiens have a 97.9-per-cent chance of making the playoffs even after last night’s meltdown in Carolina.
There’s one scenario in which the Canadiens have control of their own destiny. If they win – or lose in OT or in a shootout – against Toronto tomorrow night, they’re in.
If the Canadiens lose in regulation, there are several back-door opportunities. They’re in if:
• The Rangers lose one of their two remaining games against Philadelphia or win one of of those games in OT or a shootout.
• The Rangers sweep the Flyers in regulation time.
• The Bruins lose their two remaining games in regulation – against Carolina tomorrow and in Washington Sunday.