Correct, if Ottawa wins in any format, we play the Isles as a win always gets you two points. If Ottawa loses in OT or shootout then there are a number of tiebreakers in play including wins (not applicable here as NYI and Ott would have same records), wins in regulation (defined as wins not occurring by shootouT;again the teams are tied), head-to-head, goal differential.
I would prefer the Islanders. Question is, would you prefer to play the Sens in lieu of a likely round two matchup against the Bruins (as a win today would give them the #2 seed)?
If we're going to make the finals, we're going to have to play Boston sooner or later, IMO.
True. However there is a benefit of deferral given Crosby's health and synergies with the new players that may take a little time to develop once he is in the lineup. On the flip side, Boston has been playing like absolute ass of late, so a closer in time matchup could bode well.
I also think Montreal could be a more difficult matchup. Hopefully we only see one of the two.