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The Race is On: Elimination Chambers

A light Wednesday night didn’t stop a handful of teams from realizing their 2017-18 season fate.

The Boston Bruins clinched a playoff spot with the single point they earned in an overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues are making things quite interesting now as they sit two points back of the Los Angeles Kings for that final wild card spot and five points behind the Minnesota Wild for third in the Central.

The Kings by the way are back in that second wild card spot thanks to the Ducks who shut out the Calgary Flames and vaulted back into a one point lead over the Kings for third in the Pacific.

The Jets Magic Number doesn’t get any lower, but the Blues missing out on a regulation time win is always helpful.

Meanwhile, three more teams bit the dust and they are all Canadian clubs. Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton all were officially knocked out and can start figuring out which Canadian team they are going to bandwagon for the playoffs because that’s somehow a thing.

Our deepest condolences to OilersNation as well as they have likely stumbled upon yet another Decade of Darkness. To help celebrate this, they are throwing a party which is.. Oh, upon further review it’s a 10th Anniversary party for the Nation. That is probably a better idea.

The Magic Numbers

Points needed to clinch a playoff spot: 
This is any combination of points earned by Winnipeg or lost by St. Louis.

Points needed to clinch second place in Central: 11
This is any combination of points earned by Winnipeg or lost by Minnesota

The Standings

The Teams

Winnipeg Jets

Last Game: Win vs Los Angeles 2-1 (03/20)
Next Game: Vs Anaheim – March 23
Games Remaining:
 9
5 Home: ANA, NSH, BOS, CGY, CHI
4 Road: CHI, TOR, OTT, MTL
Headline: Stastny hopes to help young Jets (CBC)


Nashville Predators

Last Game: Win @ Buffalo 4-0 (03/19)
Next Game: Vs Toronto – March 22
Games Remaining:
 10
5 Home: TOR, MIN, SJS, BUF, CBJ
5 Road: MIN, WPG, TBL, FLA, WSH
Headline: Preds to sign Eeli Tovanen to ELC (Last Word On Hockey)


Minnesota Wild

Last Game: OTL Vs Los Angeles 4-3 (03/19)
Next Game: Vs Nashville – March 24
Games Remaining:
 9
4 Home: NSH, BOS, DAL, EDM
5 Road: NSH, DAL, ANA, LAK, SJS
Headline: Interstate Hockey Pod with Jim Dowd (Hockey Wilderness)


Colorado Avalanche

Last Game: Win @ Chicago 5-1 (03/20)
Next Game: Vs Los Angeles – March 22
Games Remaining:
 9
5 Home: LAK, VGK, PHI, CHI, STL
4 Road: VGK, ANA, LAK, SJS
Headline: Are the Avs over-relying on Varlamov? (Mile High Sticking)


St. Louis Blues

Last Game: OTW Vs Boston 2-1 (03/21)
Next Game: Vs Vancouver – March 23
Games Remaining:
 9
4 Home: VAN, SJS, WAS, CHI
5 Road: CBJ, VGK, ARI, CHI, COL
Headline: Time to see what the Blues are made of (St Louis Game Time)


Dallas Stars

Last Game: Loss @ Washington 4-3 (03/20)
Next Game: Vs Boston – March 23
Games Remaining:
 8
4 Home: BOS, VAN, PHI, MIN
4 Road: MIN, SJS, ANA, LAK
Headline: Lehtonen embraces chance to lead Stars (NHL.com)

 

  • I expect some dirty play from the Ducks as they are desperate for a win. I hope Buff steps up and smashes Kessler or Perry early in the game to set the tone that their cheap play won’t be tolerated.