Sens' magic number is down to 7 over the Lightning (for last wildcard) and 9 over the Bruins (they hold a 1-ROW lead so we'd have to pass them). With 8 games to go, I'd say the Sens are virtually guaranteed a playoff spot, but the sooner the clinch the sooner they can look at giving the vets a game here and there. Stone, Ryan, Anderson probably don't need it as much as Karlsson, Phaneuf, Ceci, Dzingel and maybe a few others. With the playoffs clinched the Sens can contemplate giving White a quick tryout, after he's had 2-3 games with Bingo to prove he's ready.
In the meantime, tonight's game features the almost-but-not-quite-out-of-it Flyers. Six points out with 7 to go; lets put them out of their misery with a convincing regulation win.
Masterton nominee Anderson will start. Rest of the lineup expected to remain the same.
Go Sens Go!