Tracking the Playoffs Thread
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04-07-2013, 10:14 AM
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Switching conferences for a moment, the Rangers,Isles & Winnipeg have pretty similar stretch runs but Rangers (2) & Isles (1) have games in hand. Washington has a bit tougher schedule. To me it looks like Rangers are still 50-50 as the 8th team.
Winnipeg is in dire straits right now; they're closer to Carolina and Tampa Bay than anything right now.
There's likely to only be the one Southeast team in the playoffs, and seven from the other two divisions. In order, the teams that control their destiny are Pittsburgh, Montreal, Boston (all within 1 game of each other), Toronto, Ottawa, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Buffalo.
NY Rangers can finish with 62 points, NY Islanders 60, New Jersey 59, Philadelphia 57. Toronto and Ottawa are at 66, and thus two games clear.
What we need are the Rangers to lose some games, while basically everyone else on this list keeps winning. Problem is that they finish the season with two of their last three games being against Florida and Carolina.
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