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03-14-2004, 10:04 PM
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Not to quote the obvious...

...but this current road trip is HUGE.

If you look at the four teams fighting for the 6-8 playoff seeds and project the rest of the season with wins where they should win (against teams below them in the standings) and losses where they should lose (above them) then this is what it comes out to:

6. Calgary 94 pts
7. Nashville 91 pts
8. St. Louis 90 pts
9. LA 85 pts

Obviously that's not exactly how it's guarenteed to break down, but it might be close. Nashville's toughest stretch is going to be the next three games (Van, Edm, Cgy -- all on the road) and the last two at home against St. Louis and at Colorado. But those last two won't matter if they stumble in these next three.

Of the other teams LA has by far the worst schedule with EVERY game with teams in the playoff hunt (if you still count EDM as such). The other three have relatively similar schedules. The breakdown above gave each 12 pts after tonight.

But the other teams are streaking whereas the Preds might be cooling off. A win in Detroit would have been great and an OTL isn't going to kill anyone, but two games in a row where they lose the lead is a momentum killer for anyone. Not to mention the Preds tend to be 0 for March over the last few years.

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