Because the NHL reseeds the remaining four teams before the second round of the playoffs, the Flyers could play virtually any of the survivors. Here is what each combination of results means for the Flyers:
If the Rangers, Capitals, and Panthers win, the Flyers play the Panthers. They have not met in the playoffs since 1996, and the Panthers are the third seed only by virtue of winning their division, the weakest in the conference.
If the Rangers, Capitals, and Devils win, the Flyers play the Devils. The Flyers have won their last two postseason meetings against New Jersey.
If the Senators, Capitals, and Panthers win, the Flyers face the Capitals.
If the Senators, Capitals, and Devils win, the Flyers face the Senators and are the top remaining seed in the conference. They would have home-ice advantage through the conference finals.
Thursday's game 7s: Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.;
New Jersey at Florida, 8:30 p.m.EndText