The Playoff Watch

Posted: 03/16/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

Among my fave affirmations is about living in the present. No sense in regretting yesterday because it’s done and I can’t change it; no point in worrying about tomorrow because tomorrow isn’t here yet. The only intelligent thing to do today is to prepare for tomorrow.

With that in mind let’s look at where our ducks are today and what they need to do to have a tomorrow, playoff or second season.From tsn.ca:

Western

Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GF GA Home Away Last 10 Streak
1 Vancouver 71 46 16 9 101 233 167 24-7-5 22-9-4 8-2-0 Won 6
2 Detroit 69 41 20 8 90 227 199 18-11-4 23-9-4 4-4-2 Won 2
3 San Jose 71 40 23 8 88 203 186 18-11-5 22-12-3 6-2-2 Won 1
4 Los Angeles 70 40 25 5 85 196 170 20-11-2 20-14-3 7-2-1 Won 4
5 Phoenix 71 37 23 11 85 206 203 17-11-6 20-12-5 4-4-2 Won 3
6 Chicago 70 38 24 8 84 232 196 22-14-0 16-10-8 7-1-2 Won 1
7 Dallas 70 37 25 8 82 196 199 19-11-6 18-14-2 6-2-2 Lost 2
8 Calgary 72 36 27 9 81 217 207 21-12-4 15-15-5 5-4-1 Lost 3
9 Nashville 70 35 25 10 80 179 165 17-8-7 18-17-3 4-4-2 Lost 1
10 Anaheim 69 37 27 5 79 195 202 21-12-2 16-15-3 5-4-1 Lost 1
11 Minnesota 70 35 28 7 77 178 188 17-13-4 18-15-3 3-6-1 Lost 3
12 Columbus 69 32 27 10 74 190 209 16-14-4 16-13-6 2-4-4
13 St. Louis 69 31 29 9 71 193 207 20-12-4 11-17-5 4-6-0 Lost 1
14 Colorado 68 26 34 8 60 191 239 14-17-4 12-17-4 1-8-1 Lost 4
15 Edmonton 70 23 38 9 55 172 231 12-19-4 11-19-5 4-5-1 Lost 1

For Realists: Our Ducks have a very good shot at claiming the seventh or eighth seed. Just two points behind Calgary with 3 GIH and 3 back of Dallas with a GIH catching either is very doable. It’s even likely our Ducks will finish the season ahead of the Flames. With the Predators and Wild still in the mix finishing ahead of Calgary may not ensure a playoff spot.

Our Ducks are 2-0-0 against the Flames with two games remaining at home on the 20th and at the Saddledome on the 30th. One game remains against the Predators on the 24th in Nashville. Our guys are 3-1 with two remaining against the Dallas Stars, on the 23rd in Dallas and April 3 back here at the Honda Center. We don’t see the Wild again this season.

Our Ducks fate is very much in their own hands for up to a seventh place finish. Win those five games or some combination resulting in 4-1 with Calgary, Dallas and Nashville plus win the GIH and we’re all but in. Win the games we should win against St. Louis, Colorado and split those four games with San Jose and Los Angeles seem like the logical path into the playoffs.

So long as we beat Calgary and Dallas, a record of 8-5 or 9-4 in the remaining 13 games ought to be enough.

For Wishful Thinkers; Dreamers and Kool-Aid Drinkers: Our Ducks can finish higher than seventh simply by matching the 10-3 finish an arguably worse team achieved last season.  Combine a hot finish with a pedestrian .500 or worse by the Sharks, Kings and Coyotes and our Ducks win the Pacific Division.

Don’t snicker. You’re likely to buy a lottery ticket this week with the jackpot estimated at$170 million so Retired Hockey Mom tells me. Our Ducks chances of finishing first in the Pacific are much better than your or my chances of winning the  Lottery.

Then again our Ducks could come up short again. Regardless of the outcome, it already is an exciting finish.

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