Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Look to the East

We have a tighter playoff race in the Eastern Conference as there is more of a chance for teams to slip in an out of the cut coming down the stretch.

Before action got underway tonight, teams 6th-8th were all tied at 82 pts with 6 games remaining for all three teams. Atlanta, currently on the outside looking in, has 5 games remaining with 3 of the 5 on the road and will face Washington twice, Pittsburgh twice, and New Jersey once. So mathematically they're very much in the hunt, but those are very tough opponents to face especially with only 2 wins in their previous 5 games. I see them falling short.

The Rangers have more of a chance to find their way into the post season with 3 of their last 5 against teams that will miss the playoffs and 2 of their games against the Flyers for 4 VERY important points up for grabs. The Flyers are one of the teams mentioned tied at 82 pts. I believe the Rangers fate will be determined by these two final games and I think they'll sneak into the playoffs for a possible first round rematch of last year's quarterfinal against Washington.

We'll know more on Sunday when Philadelphia will have played 3 of their remaining 5 games by the time we are dreading going to work on Monday.

3/30 Results and notes...

Amongst the victors last night emerged St. Louis, LA, Detroit, and Vancouver. The Detriot win and LA loss moved the Wings into 6th and sent the Kings into 7th place in the Western Conference standings.

Phoenix and Chicago look to avenge the losses they incurred last night as they faceoff against Calgary and Minnesota respectivley. A must win game for the Flames tonight as they trail Colorado by 4 points for the 8th and final playoff spot. Colorado hosts Anaheim tonight.

More to come on the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tonight NHL Games

Some key match-ups in the West tonight:

LA looks to avoid a 4th straight loss tonight as they face-off against 5th seed Nashville.

DET looks to make it 6 in a row as they host the league-worse Edmonton Oilers in a game that will send keep them in 6th place.

CHI faces off tonight on Versus against St. Louis in hope to avoid losing their 3rd straight as they have struggled with shaky goaltending. The Blues are all but out of the playoff hunt 8 points behind idle Colorado with only 7 games to play.


Well after some time and consideration I've decided to start blogging about my thoughts on what is going on in the hockey world from my perspective. I'm not sure how often or detailed I'll be able to post but I have to try, right?

Feel free to comment with suggestions and feedback as this will be a constant work in progress.