It’s been a few weeks since I last posted my predicted final standings so I figured I should update them. In the west the playoff picture has cleared up a bit but in the east the playoff picture is as unclear as ever.
Eastern Conference Predicted Standings
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Wow! Just 3 points separating 5th from 11th. Buffalo and New Jersey are all but guaranteed playoff spots while Pittsburgh and Ottawa are looking pretty safe so long as they can avoid and lengthy slumps. At the other end, Florida, Washington and Philadelphia can begin booking their tee times. But in the middle it is anyones guess who will get those final 4 playoff spots. Two weeks ago Montreal and Atlanta looked to be in pretty good shape but both of those teams have slumped significantly and now their playoff positions are in question while Toronto, Tampa and the Islanders have surged ahead to make things ultra interesting.
Western Conference Predicted Standings
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When I last posted the predicted standings Minnesota had a predicted 3 point lead on Edmonton and a 4 point lead on Colorado for the final playoff spot. Those leads have widened to 6 and 8 points. It is going to be real tough for the Oilers and Avalanche to earn a playoff spot now without one of the teams ahead of them slumping significantly as it would take a 16-8-1 record for Edmonton to finish with 93 points. Not impossible but highly unlikely considering they are only 4 points above .500 right now.
(Also posted on PredictHockey.com)