Around the NHL: League Into Homestretch, Playoff Picture Not Set

April 5th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Like racehorses rounding the final corner of the Kentucky Derby, the NHL today enters the final week of regular season competition. And just like the homestretch in the holy grail of horse racing, things are far from decided in the world of NHL hockey.

With so many teams still jockeying for position and/or fighting for the last few playoffs spots in each conference, this is looking more and more like it will end up being a photo finish.

Western Conference

In the West, all but the eighth and final playoff spot are locked up. Vancouver and Chicago have both sown up their respective division championships while the Sharks need one more win—or one more loss by Phoenix—to retain their crown.

Further down the list, the Calgary Flames' playoff hopes took a major hit last night. In losing 4-1 to the Blackhawks, the Flames remain in the ninth overall spot in the West, with three games to play. Ahead of them in the eighth and final playoff spot are the Colorado Avalanche with 91 points and one game in hand on Calgary.

It is a bit of a toss up as to who has the easier schedule with Calgary facing the Sharks, Wild, and Canuc ...

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