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12/03/19 Playoff Picture

Monday, 19.03.2012 / 12:36 PM / News Articles
By Eric Postma
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12\/03\/19 Playoff Picture
Although no team in the Eastern Conference has yet clinched a playoff berth, nor has any team officially been eliminated from content, the playoff race has essentially boiled down to a three-horse race between the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets. Washington is currently in the lead with 78 points, clinging on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYR 71 44 20 7 195 158 95
2 BOS 71 41 27 3 228 178 85
3 FLA 71 35 23 13 180 197 83
4 PIT 71 44 21 6 231 180 94
5 PHI 72 42 22 8 231 204 92
6 NJD 72 41 26 5 198 187 87
7 OTT 73 37 26 10 221 213 84
8 WSH 72 36 30 6 193 205 78
9 WPG 72 34 30 8 192 203 76
10 BUF 72 33 29 10 180 204 76
11 CAR 73 29 29 15 194 217 73
12 TOR 72 32 32 8 208 219 72
13 TBL 71 32 32 7 199 240 71
14 NYI 72 29 32 11 169 216 69
15 MTL 73 28 32 13 191 203 69
Although no team in the Eastern Conference has yet clinched a playoff berth, nor has any team officially been eliminated from content, the playoff race has essentially boiled down to a three-horse race between the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets. Washington is currently in the lead with 78 points, clinging on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Jets and Sabres are right on the Capitals tail with 76 points.

Sunday night's 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was a disappointing blow to the Winnipeg Jets playoff hopes. With only 10 games remaining in the 2011-2012 NHL regular season, the Jets need to take advantage of every opportunity possible to gain ground. The Washington Capitals also lost last night, a 5-2 defeat by the Chicago Blackhawks. There was a huge opportunity for the Jets to close in on the Capitals last night, but if there is any comfort it is in the fact that neither team moved up on the board.

TONIGHT'S KEY MATCH-UPS:

Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning (6:30 PM)

The Sabres have made a late season push to be included in the playoff conversation. They are fighting for every single possible point lately, having pushed their last four games to overtime or a shootout. They have lost their last two match-ups, a 3-2 defeat to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, and a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last Wednesday, both shootout decisions.

Tampa Bay is currently sitting in 13th position in the Eastern Conference with 71 points, but a big push on their part, coupled with some key losses, could vault them back into the playoff discussion. They have dropped their last two games to St. Louis and Toronto, and will likely only play the role of spoiler down the stretch (exactly what the Jets are hoping for on Monday night).

Ideal Jets Outcome: Lightning Win

Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings (6:30 PM)

Another loss by the Capitals on Monday night could present a huge opportunity for the Winnipeg Jets. The Capitals head into Joe Louis Arena on a recent two-game skid, having been dropped 5-2 by the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night, and losing 3-2 in Winnipeg on Friday.

The Red Wings are on a rare four-game losing streak and have slid a bit lately, going 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. Detroit currently sits in fifth place in the Western Conference with 92 points. The Western Conference powerhouse Wings however have been outstanding at home this season with a record 28-4-2 while at the Joe.

Ideal Jets Outcome: Red Wings Win

OTHER MATCH-UPS:

  • Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins (6:00 PM)
  • New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers (6:30 PM, TSN2)
  • Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild (7:00 PM)
  • Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks (9:00 PM, TSN2)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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