The playoff race is heating up! Calgary more or less kept pace with a win last night against Nashville!
Here’s a look at the week to come and the teams still in it. Go banana!
A HANDY TABLE
The teams in cyan are the teams that we can ignore completely. The Flames either mathematically cannot catch them, or they cannot catch Calgary. The yellow teams are those that are mathematically still relevant, but only just. (Sorry Sharks and Avalanche; you’re six or more back with six to go. You’re probably toast.)
So that leaves us…with five teams to gander at.
VANCOUVER (91 POINTS)
The Canucks face St. Louis on Monday, Nashville on Tuesday, Chicago on Thursday and Winnipeg on Saturday. All four games are on the road. They have their work cut out for them, and their strength of schedule is why I think they may fall off a bit.
WINNIPEG (90 POINTS)
After their heartbreaker against the Blackhawks last night, the Jets have a slack week. Well, in terms of frequency of games, not toughness. They have the Rangers on Tuesday night and the Canucks on Saturday. Otherwise, they’re idle.
CALGARY (89 POINTS)
The Flames have three games this week. They visit Dallas on Monday night, visit St. Louis on Thursday, and then finish off their road trip in Edmonton on Saturday. So that’s a tough game, an easier game, and one that’s somewhere in the middle.
LOS ANGELES (88 POINTS)
The Kings kick off this week against Chicago on Monday night. Then they face Edmonton on Thursday and the Avalanche on Saturday. Edmonton’s out of it, Chicago’s on a roll and Colorado will be desperately trying to stay mathematically alive by the weekend.
DALLAS (84 POINTS)
The Stars play Calgary on Monday night. Then they’re off until the weekend, when they have a really tough pair of games against St. Louis (Friday) and Nashville (Saturday).
SUM IT UP
Like I’ve been saying repeatedly, this will probably go down to the final weekend of the season.