As we approach the NHL All Star game we find mostly there’re numerous teams vying for a playoff spot.
It appears there’re 25 teams that have a legitimate shot at filling just 16 spots.
It has almost become a must win for every and any team in the League. San Jose and Boston have a huge lead over quite a bit of the field, for the most part there’re only six points separating 5th spot and 13th spot in the Western Conference, while Detroit. Could be an interesting second half to the season. Certainly, out East we discover a log jam between the 2nd spot and the 6th spot. Now let me ask you something. 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 820″ over the past ten games. Mid way through the season and we have the Bruins ranked second overall. Although, having won 9 of the last 10 and the last four straight, the Flames can be dubbed the hottest team in hockey now. Then again, iron Mike has got his crew clicking on all cylinders as we head wards the trade deadline. On p of this, the Sharks are loaded with underrated talent and may lead the League in points come year end. I’m sure you heard about this. 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.
While winning 8 of their last ten, the Habs struggled a tad out of the gate this year but have since found their groove.
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 would have to consider Washington, as the League’s dark horse of the season. Welcome home Shanny! Now look, the addition of Shanahan certainly won’t hurt. Known for their defensive style of play, the Devils have appeared to have found the back of the net more often this year.
Now look, the Blackhawks currently own the third best defense in the League. 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. Therefore 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. Loads of information can be found easily online. The Rangers have also won just 4 of their last ten games. Anyways, the difference between New York City and Philadelphia is depth. Actually, don’t be surprised to see the Rangers slip any week on the Power Rankings. Consequently, for the most part there’s certainly enough talent on this team to do damage and the addition of Tim Connolly will add some scoring punch.
While having won 6 of their last ten, the Sabres is likely to be hitting their stride of late.
We have the Blue Jackets ranked 12th overall.
Hey, they have won the last 7 of 10, including the last three games straight. Normally, young Mason is throwing up a brick wall. Notice, what the??? Make sure you scratch a few comments about it below. 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. Remember, the Coyotes find themselves in a battle for a Playoff spot, with just seven wins on the road this year.
Actually an improved power play will go a wonderful thing for the Wild that they are exceptional defensively, since they sure can’t score.
Wild have lit the lamp just 111 times this year. Talk about boring hockey. Then, 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, so this Carolina team is going downhill fast. He was run out of wn by Toronto but is seems Razor, has found a home in Colorado. Now if most of the team could start performing, they may actually have a strong Playoff run.
Raycroft has posted 9 wins in his first ten starts with the Avalanche. Boston didn’t look for him. Is the landscape in Pittsburgh about to change? Needless to say, the Penguins have won just two games over the past ten outings. Whenever fighting for their Playoff lives, a team with the two best forwards in the game. With all that said… How in the heck could this happen? Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Canucks have lost their last four in a row and have won only three of their last ten. It’s now, Therefore in case ever they needed Luongo and Sundin. Panthers was 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 would experience some team cohesion with Avery out of the mix. Not a lot! Predators are 8 14 2″ on the road this year and have won just three of their past ten games. Therefore, if they look for to make the Playoffs, they need to add more than Steve Sullivan to their lineup. However, burke’s first move as GM is to bring in Brad May. Eventually, what actually was it with General Managers and the City Of Toronto? Be patient Toronto Fans, it should be a couple of years before your team even makes the Playoffs. Montreal will likely be his next destination. It looks like Vinny Lecavalier gonna be leaving soon. New Owners, new Coaches, new Players. What a train wreck this team is. Now please pay attention. Losers of their last three in a row.