Interesting to note: we will most likely finish 6th or 7th. The (Eastern) team that is most likely to finish 3rd are the Capitals (with Tampa almost as likely) and the team to most likely finish 2nd are, none other than, the Boston Bruins.
Also, it seems that the Leafs still have a chance to make the playoffs.
So far it looks good but I still don't and never trusted Carolina. They scare the **** out of me, however this year we hold the tie breaker so far so that's good news. Hopefully we catch up the Bruins and win our division
This site in general is very good in terms of chances to make the playoffs. It's pretty close to what I would think too, even with Markov and Gorges out. Too many teams in the East nearly took themselves out of the playoffs early in the season with disastrous starts of the season. I mean, the Devils are on a big hot streak... and who the hell cares? I don't remember the last time where I felt that so many games are utterly insignificant for the rankings, I watch the scores at night and it's like "Oh, Florida won against Ottawa? So what". All teams below 9 are nearly sure to be out of the playoffs already.
I'm not worried too much about Carolina because I think the Thrashers are the ones going down. Carolina will likely make the playoffs I think, but Atlanta has been riding on a crazy streak for guys like Byfuglien. The guy was like 1 PPG after 40 games! Then hardly did anything (stat-wise at least, I don't watch many Thrashers game!) in the last 10 and suddenly they lose a lot. These streaks just can't last a whole season. It's a team that's getting there, but isn't there yet, and usually what you see from these teams is that they are very competitive for the first half of the season, but their lack of depth means that once they have injuries or their overused star players get tired, they slow down noticeably and just can't keep up at the end of the season.
For Montreal it's defense-wise that I'm a bit worried for that because we ARE using all our depth right now with Markov and Gorges out, and guys like Hamrlik, Spacek and Gill slow down a lot when they get used too much, but it seems like Subban and Wiz are able to take the top minutes for the team and with the break coming up hopefully the old guys can get enough rest to get us there.
15-15-3 gets us 92 points and in the playoffs. 33 points in 33 games. If we can't even handle putting up that pace (currently the pace of the 11th-place Florida Panthers) then we certainly don't deserve anything.