The Penguins have made it clear they want what the New York Rangers have -- first place in the Atlantic Division, which this season also means first place and the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

They went into the game Thursday night against Nashville at Consol Energy Center three points behind the Rangers. They also needed one point to clinch a playoff spot, which coach Dan Bylsma insisted was not a formality.

"At the beginning of the year, it's not a stated goal to make the playoffs because one of our goals is to win the Stanley Cup, so we know we have to make the playoffs, [but] getting into the playoffs is a big deal, and it's not to be overlooked," he said.