As we approach the NHL All Star game we find for the most part there’re numerous teams vying for a playoff spot.
Out East we discover a log jam between the 2nd spot and the 6th spot.
It appears most of us know that there are 25 teams that have a legitimate shot at filling just 16 spots. Who will make the Playoffs? San Jose and Boston have a huge lead over most of the field, there’re only six points separating 5th spot and 13th spot in the Western Conference, while Detroit. May be an interesting second half to the season. It has almost become a must win for every and each team in the League. Would 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. You can find more info about this stuff here. Iron Mike has got his crew clicking on all cylinders as we head wards the trade deadline.
Having won 9 of the last 10 and the last four straight, the Flames can be dubbed the hottest team in hockey now.
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. We see them finishing second in their Conference behind Boston this year. Of course, whenever winning 8 of their last ten, the Habs struggled slightly out of the gate this year but have since found their groove. Notice, second only to San Jose, the Caps have posted 18 wins and only 3 losses in the premises this year. Ovechkin seems to have something to prove this year and at this rate we should have to consider Washington, as the League’s dark horse of the season. As a result, welcome home Shanny!
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. Add in the young snipers, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and this team is poised to make noise come Playoff time. And therefore the Blackhawks currently own the third best defense in the League. 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. Philly must come out on p of the Atlantic Division this year. You shouldn’t be surprised to see the Rangers slip every week on the Power Rankings. I know that the difference between New York City and Philadelphia is depth. With that said, the Rangers have also won just 4 of their last ten games.
While having won 6 of their last ten, the Sabres is hitting their stride of late. Look, there’s certainly enough talent on this team to do damage and the addition of Tim Connolly will add some scoring punch. We have the Blue Jackets ranked 12th overall. Hey, they have won the last 7 of 10, including the last three games straight. Now let me ask you something. What the???
Young Mason had been throwing up a brick wall. We’ll see how long he can carry his team. Half way through the season and the Ducks find themselves 20 points back of the Division leading San Jose Sharks. Oh, how the Mighty have fallen. Of course an improved power play will go Then the Coyotes find themselves in a battle for a Playoff spot, with just seven wins on the road this year. Then again, the Wild have lit the lamp just 111 times this year. Basically, it’s very cool thing for the Wild that they are exceptional defensively, as long as they sure can’t score. Talk about boring hockey. Consequently, not sure how motivated Paul Maurice is with only having an one year contract and Ron Francis sitting in the wings. Carolina 21195″ Losers of their last four games, with that said, this Carolina team is going downhill fast. Raycroft has posted 9 wins in his first ten starts with the Avalanche. He was run out of wn by Toronto but is seems Razor, has found a home in Colorado.
Now if some of the team could start performing, they may actually have a strong Playoff run. Boston didn’t look for him. How in the hell could this happen? That said, while fighting for their Playoff lives, a team with the two best forwards in the game. Penguins have won just two games over the past ten outings. Certainly, is the landscape in Pittsburgh about to change? Anyway, the Canucks have lost their last four in a row and have won only three of their last ten. Fact, it’s now, if ever they needed Luongo and Sundin. Winners of their last three games and having three games in hand over Carolina, So it’s far was quietly gaining ground in the Eastern Conference. Considering the above said. We don’t like the Oilers’ chances, with only six points separating the 4th spot and the 13th spot in the Western Conference. Mediocre at best. Not very much!
We were hoping that the Stars will experience some team cohesion with Avery out of the mix.
The Predators are 8142 on the road this year and have won just three of their past ten games.
I’d say if they need to make the Playoffs, they need to add more than Steve Sullivan to their lineup. What’s it with General Managers and the City Of Toronto? Burke’s first move as GM is to bring in Brad May. It’s a well be patient Toronto Fans, it should be a couple of years before your team even makes the Playoffs. What a train wreck this team is. Then, montreal will likely be his next destination. It looks like Vinny Lecavalier could be leaving soon. For example, new Owners, new Coaches, new Players. I’m sure it sounds familiar. Losers of their last three in a row.