With four games left, it's clear that New York Rangers coach John Tortorella and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien can't wait for the postseason to start.
The Rangers have won the first three 2011-12 matchups between these playoff-bound teams heading into Sunday night's contest at Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins could clinch the Northeast Division title if they haven't already by the time they take the ice.
New York (50-21-7) leads Pittsburgh by five points in the race for the Atlantic Division title and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers, winners of four straight, are also in contention with St. Louis and Vancouver for the Presidents' Trophy, but that doesn't much matter to their coach.
"It doesn't mean squat. I will tell you right now it means absolutely nothing,'' Tortorella said. "It's about how we're playing as we go through these next four games against tough opponents. It's about our game going into the playoffs. You get measured by the playoffs."