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Rangers, Bruins Top Seeds in East for NHL Playoff Betting

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The New York Rangers held on to earn the top seed in the East for this year's NHL playoffs, and now they'll try to pay off on the hockey betting lines in their first-round series against the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators this week.
 
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The Rangers piled up 109 points this year on a record of 51-24-7, which allowed them to edge the Penguins by a single point in the conference standings. However, New York now has to face a Sens team that has beaten them four times in their last five meetings.
 
Ottawa fell from seventh to eighth in the East on the last day of the regular season on Saturday, going 41-31-10 and collecting 92 points after picking up just 74 points last year.
 
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins are the fourth seed in the East, and they'll have to take on the rival Philadelphia Flyers in their first-round matchup this week. The Pens beat the Flyers 4-2 at home on Saturday, but they're just 3-7 over their past 10 meetings.
 
The defending champion Bruins are the second seed in the East after winning the Northeast Division title and looking to repeat on the NHL futures. They'll take on the Washington Capitals this week. The Caps moved up to seventh in the conference on Saturday by beating the Rangers 4-1 behind a 35-save performance from goaltender Braden Holtby.
 
Holtby has been filling in for injured netminders Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth, and if he starts the playoffs for the Capitals he'll have to square off against defending Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas. Washington is 3-1 in its past four games against the Bruins.
 
Finally, in the East series that isn't going to lead off any highlight packages, the third-seeded Florida Panthers will be taking on the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils. The Panthers won the Southeast Division, but they went just 2-2 against the Devils this season.
 
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