The Playoff Watch

Posted: 02/08/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

Our Ducks fell into 7th seed, still a playoff spot, after games Monday night. Calgary grabbed the eight and final seed with a 3-1 over Chicago; Phoenix moved into 5th spot by beating Colorado 3-0;  Edmonton whipped Nashville 4-0 and Detroit beat NYR 3-2.

Our Ducks hold a two point lead over the ninth place Los Angeles Kings who hold a GIH. We have a 3 point lead over the Minnesota Wild who have two games in hand.

The Western Conference standings, courtesy of tsn.ca:

Western

Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GF GA Home Away Last 10 Streak
1 Vancouver 54 35 10 9 79 183 127 19-3-5 16-7-4 6-1-3 Won 6
2 Detroit 53 32 15 6 70 176 156 16-7-4 16-8-2 5-4-1 Won 1
3 Dallas 53 30 18 5 65 152 150 16-7-4 14-11-1 5-5-0 Lost 3
4 Nashville 54 28 19 7 63 141 129 12-5-6 16-14-1 4-5-1 Lost 1
5 Phoenix 55 27 19 9 63 156 156 12-10-5 15-9-4 4-6-0 Won 2
6 San Jose 53 28 19 6 62 150 144 13-10-3 15-9-3 7-2-1 Won 3
7 Anaheim 54 29 21 4 62 146 150 17-8-1 12-13-3 7-3-0 Won 1
8 Calgary 55 27 21 7 61 157 161 15-9-2 12-12-5 7-1-2 Won 1
9 Los Angeles 53 29 22 2 60 150 129 17-9-1 12-13-1 6-3-1 Won 2
10 Minnesota 52 27 20 5 59 135 138 12-11-2 15-9-3 6-4-0 Lost 1
11 Chicago 53 27 22 4 58 168 150 16-13-0 11-9-4 5-4-1 Lost 2
12 Colorado 53 25 22 6 56 164 175 14-13-3 11-9-3 3-7-0 Lost 4
13 Columbus 52 25 22 5 55 141 162 13-12-1 12-10-4 5-3-2 Won 2
14 St. Louis 51 23 20 8 54 138 153 16-8-3 7-12-5 3-5-2
15 Edmonton 53 16 29 8 40 133 180 7-14-4 9-15-4 2-7-1 Won 1

As you can see, Minnesota and Los Angeles aside, none of the other teams trailing our Ducks can move ahead merely by winning their GIH. Amazingly, our Ducks have gone 11-4 without Ryan Getzlaf in the lineup. Yet all that has done really is put our guys in position where they are masters of their own fate.

Incredible that an 11-4 run hasn’t put much distance between our Ducks and their competitors. 11-4 is P% of .733!

Among the other things Randy Carlyle said yesterday is that our guys can compete with the elite. That theory gets tested Wednesday night in Vancouver and Friday night against the suddenly crackling Calgary Flames.

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Comments
  1. ffe155 says:

    Minnesota can pass the Ducks by winning their two GIH. Two wins would give them 63 points to the Ducks 62.

    RC thinks it will take 100 pts to make the play-offs as the 8th seed in the West. That’s a tall order. Hope that he’s wrong and the greater number of games within the conference over the next two months helps seperate the contenders from the pretenders.

    • BackCheck says:

      That just wasn’t very clear ffe155. It’s changed now, thanks.

      Brian Hayward has also made the 100 point prediction. The Eastern Conference is so weak, only Minnesota and Phoenix have losing records in inter-Conference competition.

      To reach 100 pts. our Ducks need a P% of.679 in their remaining 28 games. 19-9 in the remaining 28 games would do it. If these Ducks achieve that, a Ducks player, probably Hiller, should win the Hart Trophy.

  2. buick22 says:

    I have been waiting for the GIH shoe to drop. We won a lot of games, when our Western rivals did too. Almost no ground gained, and now every night we have off, and the rest play, we slide down with every win…I knew we were looking at 9th or 19th a few weeks ago, only thing better now is the bottom teams are further away now( Edm, etc.)

  3. buick22 says:

    Should read 10th…not 19th

  4. czhokej says:

    Every game will be important. Are we going to put up a good fight against Vancouver, currently ranked #1.
    4 points from this trip would be good, 2 will not be enough.

    Calgary won 7 of their last 8 games, and lost only once (SO) against the Kings = 15 points since Jan. 21st.

  5. BackCheck says:

    San Jose, St. Louis and Columbus won tonight. Eight points separate fourth form fourteenth place. Wow! Keep your tiebreaker rules handy.

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