I am going to post updated predicted standings a little more often now that we are closing in on the seasons end. Here is how things look today.
Eastern Conference Predicted Standings
The east is just crazy but a lot could happen this weekend. I am prepared to say Florida is done and barring a miracle Boston is done. Montreal’s playoff hopes could all but die this weekend as well with a tough game against Pittsburgh tonight and then Toronto tomorrow. Should they lose both, which is very possible, I think their playoff hopes are done. That would leave Carolina, Toronto, the Rangers and Islanders fighting for 2 spots. But it potentially could get more interesting too. The Rangers play the Thrashers tongiht and should they win, it isn’t unrealistic that the Thrashers playoff spot becomes up for grabs. The Lightning also have a tough game against the Sabres and a very tough schedule for the remainder of the season so their playoff spot is anything but secure as well.
Western Conference Predicted Standings
In the west, Colorado is doing everything it can to keep its small playoff hopes alive and Calgary’s horrible road record is doing everything it can to give the Avalanche a glimmer of hope. Detroit with their back to back wins over Nashville have opened up a small lead for top spot in the west but Anaheim and Nashville are still in the hunt.