NHL Power Rankings (March 29): Playoff Races? What Playoff Races?

March 29th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

As the NHL reaches its final weeks of the regular season, not only does anticipation usually build for the playoffs, but also for the last crucial games in each conference's playoff races to determine who even gets in to the postseason.

This year, however, that may not be the case.

In the Western Conference, the playoff bubble is almost non-existent. The race, if you could call it that, involves only the seventh through ninth seeds; Los Angeles, Colorado, and Calgary. Secondly, the Flames are still four points back of the Avs and Kings with fewer games remaining.

At least in the West, I think we've already determined the final eight still two weeks in advance.

Back on the East Coast, the teams are a lot tighter, with current-sixth seed Philadelphia down to the currently-10th seeded New York Rangers involved. On the other hand, though, while those to teams as well as Montreal, Boston, and Atlanta are in the mix, only two of the five are still going to miss the playoffs. Add ...

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