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Playoff race in the west is over ?

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03-20-2017, 01:18 PM
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Playoff race in the west is over ?

Seeing how the LA Kings are already 6 points behind the last post season spot and every one else is even further , safe to say the race is over and now it's all about getting home ice advantage ?

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03-20-2017, 01:22 PM
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It's fair to say. LA needs to either go on a Flames-like streak, or the rest of the West needs to bomb hard her the next 10 games.

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Yep, at this point it's just positioning.

Chicago has got to be the team that no one wants to play.

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03-20-2017, 01:23 PM
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Technically no, but i would be shocked if the teams currently holding spots didn't hang onto them.

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Gaining 6 points in 10 games isn't unheard of, but it's unlikely at this point.

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03-20-2017, 01:25 PM
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I think the Flames proved that anything can happen at any time. Who saw a 10 game winning streak coming from them, until it happened? All the Kings need is a handful of wins, or one of the teams above them to take a handful of losses, and they're right back in it. Winning streaks and losing streaks happen all the time.

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03-20-2017, 01:28 PM
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I'll call it over tonight if LA can't win a road B2B game vs a higher ranked team and Nashville manages to pick up any points vs the worse team in the league (barring how you define that thing in Denver).

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03-20-2017, 01:29 PM
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I think the Flames proved that anything can happen at any time. Who saw a 10 game winning streak coming from them, until it happened? All the Kings need is a handful of wins, or one of the teams above them to take a handful of losses, and they're right back in it. Winning streaks and losing streaks happen all the time.
A 10 game winning streak at any point during the season is unlikely, but still reasonable to expect.

A 10 game winning streak on demand is ridiculously unlikely. Especially from a team that's currently not making the playoffs.

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03-20-2017, 01:32 PM
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LA still has three games against the Oilers, and I believe three more against the Flames. If they take all three from either opponent, AND put together a good run with their remaining games, AND that team they go 3-0 completely falls off a cliff, then they've got a shot.

It's about as over as it could be without actually being over, but it's not yet impossible for them to make something happen.

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03-20-2017, 01:36 PM
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It's over. Hopefully the Oilers and Flames don't face each other in the first round.

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03-20-2017, 01:39 PM
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It will be tough for LA. They still have 3 games against Edmonton and even if they sweep them, they'll still be 4 points back of the Oil.

I just can't see any of the teams ahead of them falling that much. They are 10 back of the Pacific 4th place, so even if they say went 9-2, Edmonton would just need to go 4-6-1 and they are still ahead of LA.

St. Louis has a really, really easy schedule left and Nashville's is a bit harder, but not super hard. If LA could go something like 9-2 they'd have a chance here, but if Nashville can go 6-4-1 to beat them there (or St. Louis would just need 6-5)

They need to win a lot. Tonight is their backs against the wall. But Edmonton might look at it as this is their game to clinch a playoff spot (unofficially) and play accordingly. LA is going to have trouble.

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03-20-2017, 01:40 PM
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Its over if they loses tonight vs EDM
Last 11 games

2 vs CGY
3 vs EDM
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I'm kind of shocked how badly Minnesota has fallen off. 6 or 7 weeks ago I figured the Hawks didn't have much of a chance to catch the Wild.

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03-20-2017, 01:42 PM
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It's likely over.

St. Louis is closest to L.A. and St. Louis has a cake easy schedule the rest of the way.

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03-20-2017, 01:47 PM
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It's likely over.

St. Louis is closest to L.A. and St. Louis has a cake easy schedule the rest of the way.
Actually Nashville is closer (less ROW so LA would likely win a tiebreaker)

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03-20-2017, 01:48 PM
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The Kings are a bottom 10 team in regulation, and would've been done a long time ago without 3v3 OT.

Here's a fun one. The Kings are 3-0-0 against Nashville, and the Preds are 0-1-2 against the Kings. That means the Kings are a +4 on Nashville this year, but sit 6 points back today. That's a 10 point swing. The Kings have lost to Philly, Carolina, Detroit, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Florida, and Vancouver, at home, in regulation. Throw in another SO loss to Arizona at home too. That's 18 possible points, at home, against what are currently non-playoff teams, and the Kings got 1 point with a record of 0-8-1. And that, boys and girls, is why the Kings won't even make it interesting.

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Agreed that the 8 teams in the west are set at this point while in the East there are still 10 teams with a legit chance to get in so it's not completely over yet. Likely will be that 2 of the Leafs, Isles, and Lightning won't get in, with the Leafs having the inside track to grab the #8 seed.

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If any of the teams LA is playing catch-up with start to play like it's over they could find themselves on the outside looking in. 10 games is more than enough for six points.

But yeah, it's probably over

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03-20-2017, 01:56 PM
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Don't tell Edmonton that. They could let go of the gas pedal any day now! Can't be complacent. Not one bit!

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I think the Flames proved that anything can happen at any time. Who saw a 10 game winning streak coming from them, until it happened? All the Kings need is a handful of wins, or one of the teams above them to take a handful of losses, and they're right back in it. Winning streaks and losing streaks happen all the time.
For sure, but with the Kings, Blues and Predators having just 11 games left, the odds are getting mighty slim.

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It's done. a bit of seeding to be sorted out but that's it.

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It's gotta be over.

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Mathematically it's not over, but none of the teams trying to earn their way into the dance have their fates in their own hands. They're relying on other teams losing, in addition to going on a run themselves.

Never a good situation.

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[QUOTE=ViD;129702691]Seeing how the LA Kings are already 6 points behind the last post season spot and every one else is even further , safe to say the race is over and now it's all about getting home ice advantage ?[/QUOT

If LA loses tonight and Nashville wins...I think its over. And Nashville plays Arizona tonight

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03-20-2017, 03:04 PM
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Yes. It's over.

None of the teams in the west can take the Hawks in a Seven game series.

Over like your last Mario getting hit with a fireball.

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