Mar 122007
 

There are only four weeks left in the schedule so the playoff races are getting down to crunch time with teams having between 12 and 14 games left to play.

Eastern Conference Predicted Standings

Pos Team GP Pts Schedule
Strength
Future GP Future
SchedStr
Pred Pts Total Pts
1 Buffalo 68 93 0.484 14 0.435 21 114
2 New Jersey 69 92 0.463 13 0.454 17 109
3 Ottawa 69 85 0.486 13 0.443 17 102
4 Pittsburgh 68 84 0.464 14 0.495 16 100
5 Atlanta 70 82 0.472 12 0.465 14 96
6 Tampa Bay 70 82 0.471 12 0.495 13 95
7 NY Islanders 68 78 0.471 14 0.466 16 94
8 NY Rangers 69 76 0.477 13 0.447 15 91
9 Toronto 69 75 0.489 13 0.479 14 89
10 Carolina 70 76 0.470 12 0.471 12 88
11 Montreal 70 74 0.487 12 0.479 12 86
12 Boston 69 71 0.489 13 0.489 13 84
13 Florida 69 71 0.475 13 0.471 13 84
14 Washington 69 60 0.482 13 0.472 11 71
15 Philadelphia 68 49 0.482 14 0.502 9 58

The race is still extremely tight in the eastern conference. Buffalo, New Jersey, Ottawa and Pittsburgh should easily make the playoffs while Atlanta, Tampa and the Islanders are in pretty good shape. The Rangers currently look to be int he best shape for 8th spot with by far the easiest schedule of any in the group looking for that final playoff spot but Toronto and Carolina are right on their tails with Montreal,, Boston and Florida needing to go on a hot streak to realistically get back in the race.

The good news for Leaf fans is they just came through an extremely tough period of their schedule (Buf, at NJ, Buf, Was, Ott, Ott) and managed to stay in the race. They have an easier week this week with games against Tampa, Washington and Montreal followed by a tough week next week with a game against New Jersey and a pair against Buffalo. After that they finish the season with Carolina, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Rangers, Philadelphia, Islanders and Montreal. The games against Carolina and the Rangers could be huge.

It could be a tough week for the Hurricanes with a game against the suddenly red-hot Florida Panthers tomorrow followed by back to back games against the Devils on Thursday and Saturday. The Rangers have a tough game against the Senators tomorrow night then play Atlanta Friday and Boston Saturday.

The only good news for the Montreal Canadians is that they play both the Leafs and the Rangers two more times this season as well as Boston 3 times and Washington once. But they desperately need to start playing some good, consistent hockey if they want to turn their freefall around.

The Bruins are in much the same situation as the Canadiens but they have to make their move in the next two weeks because the end of their schedule is very tough. This week they play Washington and the Rangers followed by Montreal twice and the Rangers again next week. If they don’t get right into a playoff spot with those 5 games it will be tough to gain ground with Pittsburgh twice, Ottawa twice, Atlanta, New Jersey Montreal and Buffalo to play in the final 2 weeks of the season. Ouch, that’s a tough way to end the season.

The Panthers meanwhile are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games to keep their remote playoff hopes alive. They have 3 games left against Carolina which will be huge for them. They have a mixed schedule otherwise with some tough games against Ottawa, New Jersey and Buffalo but some easier games against Washington (twice) and Philadelphia.

All in all, it should be an fun race to the finish line.

Western Conference Predicted Standings

Pos Team GP Pts Schedule
Strength
Future GP Future
SchedStr
Pred Pts TotalPts
1 Anaheim 70 95 0.512 12 0.481 17 112
2 Nashville 70 98 0.505 12 0.565 14 112
3 Detroit 69 95 0.507 13 0.540 16 111
4 Dallas 68 85 0.516 14 0.497 18 103
5 Vancouver 69 87 0.524 13 0.524 16 103
6 San Jose 69 85 0.517 13 0.479 17 102
7 Minnesota 70 85 0.528 12 0.518 14 99
8 Calgary 68 82 0.521 14 0.543 16 98
9 Colorado 69 74 0.528 13 0.543 13 87
10 St. Louis 68 68 0.531 14 0.522 14 82
11 Edmonton 69 66 0.536 13 0.527 12 78
12 Chicago 68 61 0.527 14 0.548 12 73
13 Columbus 69 61 0.527 13 0.550 11 72
14 Los Angeles 69 57 0.537 13 0.521 11 68
15 Phoenix 68 57 0.530 14 0.539 11 68

The western conference playoff race is all but over. Only a miracle will save the Avalanche now. But there are some good playoff positioning races. Nashville and Detroit are fighting it out for top spot in the central division. Anaheim seems pretty secure in the pacific division title race but are in a dogfight with Nashville and Detroit for the conference title. Meanwhile, the northwest title is far from settled as well with Vancouver holding a slight edge over Minnesota and Calgary.

  One Response to “Predicted Final Standings – 3/12/2007”

  1.  

    Oh my God… I can’t believe that now you have the Kings as ahead of Phoenix. Wow, that puts them at 28, but that’s mostly because of the head-to-head season matchups. They’ll do better next year though, maybe 25th overall. Go KINGS Go!

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