As we approach the NHL All Star game we find loads of us know that there are numerous teams vying for a playoff spot.
Out East we discover a log jam between the 2nd spot and the 6th spot.
Might be an interesting second half to the season. It has almost become a must win for any and each team in the League. The question is. Who will make the Playoffs? San Jose and Boston have a huge lead over quite a bit of the field, mostly there’re only six points separating 5th spot and 13th spot in the Western Conference, while Detroit.
It appears look, there’re 25 teams that have a legitimate shot at filling just 16 spots.
Currently the most balanced team in the NHL.
Should have predicted that during training camp but the B’s just keep on piling up the wins going 820 over the past ten games. Mid way through the season and we have the Bruins ranked second overall. Having won 9 of the last 10 and the last four straight, the Flames can be dubbed the hottest team in hockey now. Iron Mike has got his crew clicking on all cylinders as we head wards the trade deadline. By the way, the Sharks are loaded with underrated talent and may lead the League in points come year end. Generally, san Jose has lost just six times so far this year in regulation.
Whenever winning 8 of their last ten, the Habs struggled slightly out of the gate this year but have since found their groove. We see them finishing second in their Conference behind Boston this year. Ovechkin seems to have something to prove this year and at this rate we will have to consider Washington, as the League’s dark horse of the season. Second only to San Jose, the Caps have posted 18 wins and only 3 losses indoors this year. Known for their defensive style of play, the Devils have appeared to have found the back of the net more often this year. I am sure that the addition of Shanahan certainly won’t hurt. Notice that welcome home Shanny! Blackhawks currently own the third best defense in the League. Besides, add in the young snipers, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and this team is poised to make noise come Playoff time. Philly must come out on p of the Atlantic Division this year. Anyway, 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.
Rangers have also won just 4 of their last ten games.
The difference between New York City and Philadelphia is depth.
You shouldn’t be surprised to see the Rangers slip any week on the Power Rankings. Then, while having won 6 of their last ten, the Sabres is being hitting their stride of late. Nonetheless, there’s certainly enough talent on this team to do damage and the addition of Tim Connolly will add some scoring punch. Young Mason is throwing up a brick wall. This is where it starts getting very intriguing. We have the Blue Jackets ranked 12th overall. Hey, they have won the last 7 of 10, including the last three games straight. What the??? With that said, we’ll see how long he can carry his team.
Oh, how the Mighty have fallen. Half way through the season and the Ducks find themselves 20 points back of the Division leading San Jose Sharks. Improved power play will go Actually the Wild have lit the lamp just 111 times this year. Fact, it’s a very important thing for the Wild that they are exceptional defensively, as they sure can’t score. Talk about boring hockey. Now look. Carolina 21 19 5 their last Losers four games, therefore this Carolina team is going downhill fast. However, not sure how motivated Paul Maurice is with only having an one year contract and Ron Francis sitting in the wings.
Boston didn’t look for him.
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. Now if some of the team could start performing, they may actually have a strong Playoff run. Anyways, whenever fighting for their Playoff lives, a team with the two best forwards in the game. How on earth could this happen? Notice, is the landscape in Pittsburgh about to change? Besides, the Penguins have won just two games over the past ten outings. Furthermore, the Canucks have lost their last four in a row and have won only three of their last ten. On p of this, it’s now, if ever they needed Luongo and Sundin. So Panthers been quietly gaining ground in the Eastern Conference. Winners of their last three games and having three games in hand over Carolina, it’s far should experience some team cohesion with Avery out of the mix.
Not very much! Predators are ‘8 14 2’ on the road this year and have won just three of their past ten games. For instance, if they look for to make the Playoffs, they need to add more than Steve Sullivan to their lineup. Be patient Toronto Fans, it might be a few years before your team even makes the Playoffs. You see, what really is it with General Managers and the City Of Toronto? Burke’s first move as GM is to bring in Brad May. It looks like Vinny Lecavalier should be leaving soon. That said, new Owners, new Coaches, new Players. Montreal will likely be his next destination. Although, what a train wreck this team is.a solitary real bright spot for this team is the young Dustin Brown. For example, losers of their last three in a row.