Well folks, where approaching the trade deadline so I thought I'd look at the rest of our season. The top 5 in the East look pretty solid, so it'll be a dog fight for spots 6-8. To be honest its wide open for these 3 spots. Currently 8pts separate the #6 seed from dead last in the East. Of course we all know that Boston is at a HUGE disadvantage because everyone has games in hand on them.
Worst case scenario lets say the teams w/ games in hand win those games. Suddenly were looking at standing like this (PTS)....
This is just current pts + 2 pts for every game in hand.
So if all things equal and worst case scenario, we're 6 points out of the last playoff spot. We still however would have to jump 5 other teams to get there.
Now OTT and PHI are already above in the standings so at the current pace, they can lose their GIH and still be ahead of Boston. For those who are behind Boston, here is how many points they need to make up over their GIH.
TOR - 0.2
FLA - 0.7
CAR - 0.8
NYI - 0.8
NJD - 2.0
DET - 1.7
BUF - 1.5
TBL - 3.0
So only Tampa needs to improve their gap w/o help from GIH and NJD would need to win all games in hand. The rest of the teams don't even need to win all their games in hand and some only need to win 1-2. BTW I expect FLA to make things even closer w/ two major players coming back.
Now what does the remaining schedule for Boston look like?
11 games games (bolded) will be against teams that were battling w/ for a playoff spot. That's nearly half of our remaining games that will dictate the outcome of the East. Now to top this all off we end our final to games w/ two of the toughest teams in the NHL and for some the predicted SCF.
It doesn't look good, I can say that much. These next 8 games will really decide if this team becomes buyers or sellers at the deadline. Those eight games...
Only 2 of these 8 games are against (currently) non playoff teams and half include a west coast swing (which we don't tend to play well on). So how do you feel about this team right now?