As we approach the NHL All Star game we find there’re numerous teams vying for a playoff spot.
San Jose and Boston have a huge lead over quite a bit of the field, So there’re only six points separating 5th spot and 13th spot in the Western Conference, while Detroit.
It has almost become a must win for every and almost any team in the League. Out East we discover a log jam between the 2nd spot and the 6th spot. Going to be an interesting second half to the season. It appears mostly there’re 25 teams that have a legitimate shot at filling just 16 spots.
I would like to ask you a question. Who will make the Playoffs?
Currently the most balanced team in the NHL.
Will have predicted that during training camp but the B’s just keep on piling up the wins going 8 2 0″ over the past ten games.
Having won 9 of the last 10 and the last four straight, the Flames can be dubbed the hottest team in hockey at this point. Iron Mike has got his crew clicking on all cylinders as we head wards the trade deadline. Now look, the Sharks are loaded with ‘under rated’ talent and may lead the League in points come year end. San Jose has lost just six times so far this year in regulation. While winning 8 of their last ten, the Habs struggled a tad out of the gate this year but have since found their groove. Just think for a moment. We see them finishing second in their Conference behind Boston this year. Second only to San Jose, the Caps have posted 18 wins and only 3 losses indoors this year. On p of this, ovechkin seems to have something to prove this year and at this rate we would have to consider Washington, as the League’s dark horse of the season.
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Known for their defensive style of play, the Devils have appeared to have found the back of the net more often this year.
Then the addition of Shanahan certainly won’t hurt. Of course, the Blackhawks currently own the third best defense in the League. Now please pay attention. Add in the young snipers, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and this team is poised to make noise come Playoff time. By the way, the Flyers have won just 4 games over their past ten but with the likes of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, you can’t expect this slump to last for long. Nevertheless, philly must come out on p of the Atlantic Division this year. Rangers have also won just 4 of their last ten games. So do not be surprised to see the Rangers slip any week on the Power Rankings.
Accordingly the difference between NY and Philadelphia is depth.
Most of us know that there is certainly enough talent on this team to do damage and the addition of Tim Connolly will add some scoring punch.
Whenever having won 6 of their last ten, the Sabres is being hitting their stride of late. Hey, they have won the last 7 of 10, including the last three games straight. Young Mason is throwing up a brick wall. We have the Blue Jackets ranked 12th overall. What the??? We’ll see how long he can carry his team. Notice that oh, how the Mighty have fallen.
Normally, half way through the season and the Ducks find themselves 20 points back of the Division leading San Jose Sharks. Nonetheless, the Coyotes find themselves in a battle for a Playoff spot, with just seven wins on the road this year. It is an improved power play will go It’s a well-known fact that the Wild have lit the lamp just 111 times this year. Of course talk about boring hockey. It’s very cool thing for the Wild that they are exceptional defensively, since they sure can’t score.
Carolina ‘21195’ Losers of their last four games, with that said, this Carolina team is going downhill fast. Not sure how motivated Paul Maurice is with only having an one year contract and Ron Francis sitting in the wings. Now if some of the team could start performing, they may actually have a strong Playoff run. He was run out of wn by Toronto but is seems Razor, has found a home in Colorado. Raycroft has posted 9 wins in his first ten starts with the Avalanche. Keep reading! Boston didn’t need him. Penguins have won just two games over the past ten outings. You see, how on earth could this happen?
Whenever fighting for their Playoff lives, a team with the two best forwards in the game. Is the landscape in Pittsburgh about to change? It’s now, So if ever they needed Luongo and Sundin. Canucks have lost their last four in a row and have won only three of their last ten. Panthers are quietly gaining ground in the Eastern Conference. Winners of their last three games and having three games in hand over Carolina, Undoubtedly it’s far very much!
We were hoping that the Stars should experience some team cohesion with Avery out of the mix. Accordingly the Predators are ‘8142’ on the road this year and have won just three of their past ten games. Needless to say, if they seek for to make the Playoffs, they need to add more than Steve Sullivan to their lineup. Burke’s first move as GM is to bring in Brad May. Be patient Toronto Fans, it should be a couple of years before your team even makes the Playoffs. Although, what actually is it with General Managers and the City Of Toronto? New Owners, new Coaches, new Players. It looks like Vinny Lecavalier gonna be leaving soon. For example, what a train wreck this team is. Montreal will likely be his next destination. Then, one real bright spot for this team is the young Dustin Brown. Losers of their last three in a row. Accordingly the Thrashers have won 2 of their last ten and hold the Leagues worst goals against with 160. Eugene must be pulling his hair out. Perhaps it’s time to blow it up and rebuild. St. With that said, do people even know St.