Well, the Habs are in, but their first round opponent is not yet known. It comes down to two games today. First, if the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist can walk into Philadelphia and beat the Flyers and Brian Boucher, the Canadiens finish seventh. If not, it's eighth place and a date with Alexander Ovechkin and the mighty Washington Capitals. The Rangers-Flyers sudden-death match-up is on at 3 p.m. on the NHL Network.
Should the Rangers win, then Montreal gets the winner of today's game between the Sabres and Devils in New Jersey, starting at 5 p.m.
Here's a look at how Montreal did against each of its three possible playoff opponents this year:
Oct 3 - 2-1 OT win in Buffalo: Carey Price commits larceny in upstate New York while Brian Gionta bats a puck out of the air to win it in overtime. Montreal was outshot 35-17.
Dec 3 - 6-2 loss in Buffalo: Jaroslav Halak gets shelled for six goals on 37 shots, but at least the Habs penalty killing was perfect on two opportunities.
Dec 14 - 4-3 loss in Montreal: Halak allows four goals on 27 shots as Andrei Kostitsyn, in the midst of his one torrid stretch of the last two years, scores twice and adds an assist on Mike Cammalleri's goal. The Sabres won it on a power play goal with 5:19 to play.
Jan 3 - 1-0 loss in Montreal: One of Carey Price's toughest losses of the season, a 29-save effort resulting in zero points in the standings, typifying his year. Cammalleri had a chance to tie in the dying seconds when he unleashed a laser-beam one-timer toward an open side, but Ryan Miller got across to deny him.
March 24 - 3-2 SO loss in Buffalo: If the last game was one of Price's toughest losses of the season, this was the toughest. A 2-0 lead squandered in the final 1:59 of regulation and Price looked like he gave up in the shootout. Afterwards he said, "We played hard for 55 minutes and after that we just sat on our asses and let them come to us." Ouch. Regardless, the Canadiens did control most of this game and showed they could skate with a Sabres squad that was not missing any key pieces.
April 3 - 3-0 win in Montreal: Buffalo was missing Tomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Pat Kaleta and Andrej Sekera, but it was an impressive win nonetheless. Halak pitched his second straight shutout.
Dec 16 - 2-1 loss in New Jersey: Price stopped 26 of 28 shots and lost as Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy for the all time games played record.
Jan 9 - 2-1 OT loss in Montreal: Halak made 26 saves but was outdueled by Brodeur with 29 stops as Zach Parise won it in OT.
Jan 22 - 3-1 win in New Jersey: One of the more surprising wins of the season, Benoit Pouliot, Mathieu Darche and Cammalleri scored as Halak stopped 31 shots for the win.
March 27 - 4-2 loss in Montreal: The Habs fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 but still kept it close until the Devils scored in an empty net to clinch their 13th straight playoff berth. Halak made 22 saves in the loss.
Nov 20 - 3-2 win in Washington: A depleted Habs lineup missing Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta and Hal Gill handed the Caps one of only five regulation losses they've suffered at the Verizon Centre all season.
Nov 28 - 4-3 SO loss in Montreal: Habs erase a 2-0 deficit to tie it by the end of the second, go up 3-2 in the third, allow Eric Fehr to tie with less than 12 seconds to play in regulation then lose in a shootout. Shots were only 24-23 for the Habs.
Jan 5 - 4-2 loss in Washington: Price made 39 saves as he was bombarded by the Caps in a 4-2 loss. It was a one-goal game until Alex Semin scored with 2:02 to play in regulation.
Feb 10 - 6-5 OT win in Montreal: The Caps score three in the third to tie it with 19 seconds left in regulation, but see their 14-game win streak come to an end as Tomas Plekanec gets his second of the game at 4:52 of overtime.