Carolina Hurricanes Numbers Crunch: Are The Playoffs Still Possible?

February 18th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
The Carolina Hurricanes probably shouldn't have wasted their time with hockey for most of this season and instead worked for a landscaping business.

Because that's exactly what they ended up doing—digging the team a hole. A large hole. And, also, a hole they have to climb out of. While the team has definitely done its share of helping the franchise out of the trench lately, winning nine of its last eleven games as well as five straight, this will be no easy task.

It's going to be a tough, and miraculous, stretch for Carolina if they want to put together an amazing streak and sneak into the playoffs. The good news is that if they can do it, the 'Canes might be one of the most feared eighth seeds ever . The bad news...well, let's just say it'll be everything but impossible for them to even qualify for the postseason.

Because the Olympic break still extends for anther two weeks, the Hurricanes are going to enter March rested but impatient, nine points out of a playoff spot with six spots to jump. While that doesn't seem too bad at first, consider our calculations.

Over the past four seasons before this one, following the NHL lockout, ...

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