The future is pretty simple for the Philadelphia Flyers if they get one point when they host the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
They are in the playoffs.
Should they lose -- depending on what else happens on Saturday and possibly Sunday -- the Flyers could actually find themselves playing an extra game against the Florida Panthers Tuesday to see which team moves forward.
"It's a great feeling," Flyers forward Michael Raffl told NHL.com Friday. "The fact that it comes down to the last game is even better. Stays exciting."
Coming off Thursday's 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flyers (41-26-14) occupy the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. They are one point behind the New Jersey Devils, who hold the first wild card, and the Columbus Blue Jackets, who sit third in the Metropolitan Division.
The Panthers are four points behind the Flyers, but have two games remaining, against the Sabres and Bruins. It is conceivable that by Sunday night, the Flyers and Panthers could be knotted up even with the tiebreakers, thus forcing a playoff.
"Obviously you would have liked to have clinched by now, but if we win (Saturday) or get a point, we're in," defenseman Andrew MacDonald told PhilyNews.com. "We control everything. Obviously, we have to go out and get the job done. ... The boys are looking forward to the opportunity."
Goalie Brian Elliott, who got the win Thursday in his first game back from core-muscle surgery, will start against the Rangers. Elliott made 19 saves in his first game since Feb. 10.
"I thought he did a real good job," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "It was good for him to get that game under his belt. I thought he played hard for his teammates and vice versa, and we got the good result."
Sizzling Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) during a nine-game point streak