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Holy cow... look at what we have here! Every single team from the Pacific is in the playoffs as of right now! That is unbelievable... I don't think I've seen anything like that in any sport. It probably won't last, but still. That's pretty amazing!

I really should not be thinking these bad thoughts... But here it goes.

What you mention is exactly how the Canes could end up with a good draft pick. Go on a nice losing streak, and they could easily end up bottom 5. Crazy, I know, but very possible, especially with the strong West. If the Canes lose to the Islanders tomorrow, and they stay hot while the Canes go cold, it could happen. Crazy. Stop thinking this wxray!

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Well Toronto lost to Florida tonight------and New Jersey lost to the Sens. But Atlanta crept to

within two points of us by beating the Flyers. For now we still hold 9th--barely.

While we play NYI tomorrow, Wash plays NJD's and the Rangers play MTL. (both of those

will be interesting to watch)

I wish our guys could say---"Okay, we are out of the mix, so we're just going to go out there and

have some fun playing hockey. ". If they did this---I bet the scoring would come, and they would win

more games. ;)

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BUF just beat ATL. This does not help the Canes at all. The Canes do not hold their own destiny, and won't unless BUF and/or NYR starts losing a few.

Oh, and BUF smashed ATL 8-2. That's what surging teams do to those behind them -- kill them and put them away.

I'm happy the Canes won Friday, but cough, cough, it wasn't exactly easy.

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What I have lost sight off is just how great a playoff race this is. I have been so wrapped up in our quest I don't think I have appreciated what is going on in this season. Right now Washington is chasing Philadelphia for the league lead, Montreal could still catch Boston for 1st in the Northeast, At least five teams still have a chance at the 7 and 8 playoff spot and New Jersey although their hopes are dimming still have a outside shot.

The west has been even more competitive this season Today Nashville who is holding on to 8th place by a point plays the Sabres who are trying to put some distance between 8th and 9th place (us). So Go Preds.

What a great season to be a hockey fan.

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What I have lost sight off is just how great a playoff race this is. I have been so wrapped up in our quest I don't think I have appreciated what is going on in this season. Right now Washington is chasing Philadelphia for the league lead, Montreal could still catch Boston for 1st in the Northeast, At least five teams still have a chance at the 7 and 8 playoff spot and New Jersey although their hopes are dimming still have a outside shot.

The west has been even more competitive this season Today Nashville who is holding on to 8th place by a point plays the Sabres who are trying to put some distance between 8th and 9th place (us). So Go Preds.

What a great season to be a hockey fan.

Agreed, there are some great races happening this season, it just so happens we're on the outside looking in by a hair so its tough to appreciate whats going on elsewhere. Whats even more interesting is no team, with maybe the exception of Vancouver, has played a consistent brand of hockey all season long. The teams like Philly and Boston that have played well for most of the season seem to have hit walls and Washington is the only team in the East that looks to be surging down stretch.

You guys think we have PP woes, the Bruins have gone 1-30 since picking up Tomas Kaberle at the trade deadline as a PP specialist and have dropped to 21st in the league. Philly, who was rolling for much of season has dealt with some injuries like everyone else but seems to have run into the same wall the Lavi Canes did in 06. It'll be interesting to see if they wake up before the playoffs start or if it will take having their backs against the walls like the Canes did against Montreal in round 1 in 06.

Based on whats happening right now, whoever gets the 7th and 8th spots may have just as good a chance in round 1 as the top seeds unless something changes in the next couple of weeks.....which it can. I have a feeling the playoffs will have a few upsets this year.

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Yes, good points guys. I guess I've concentrated on the race at the bottom, but you are right, the top is interesting too.

The West is still wild, but has sorted out some. The Ducks, Flames and Preds have all been rolling and helping their cause. Minnesota and Columbus have pretty much dug their graves. What is particularly galling is the CBJ win against the Canes was a ray of hope for them, and they wasted it, while the Canes meanwhile made their life more difficult. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are not guaranteed anything, especially with some recent losses. Will the Blackhawks do what Carolina did and not make the playoffs the year after the Cup? It is possible. 6 teams are sorting out 4 slots, although you could maybe even add the Coyotes to the mix and make it 7. They are still not safe.

In the east, the Devils have finally stumbled. They are all but mathematically out. Atlanta got gored at the hands of Buffalo last night. This was not good for the Canes or the Thrashers, although the Thrashers likely got a fatal blow.

I'm not giving up hope yet. It is still a 3 way race for the bottom 2 in the East, and the Canes are in it still. Later today will help clarify or make it even more interesting, and of course the Canes have to win to keep it so.

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Rangers beat the Pens 5-2. This hurts.

After initially struggling on a long 5 on 3 sequence, with a 5 on 4 looming after (double minor in the bag), the Rangers finally scored in the dwindling 5 on 3 seconds, then promptly scored again on a 5 on 4.

Makes a Canes fan wistful to see such power play action. :-(

Now looking forward to Buffalo versus Nashville. Hey, both teams have huge skin in the game. This one is big for the Canes.

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Now looking forward to Buffalo versus Nashville. Hey, both teams have huge skin in the game. This one is big for the Canes.

And the Preds are a hard team to play---we in the East are not used to playing them. Both are playing the

second game of a B to B tonight. I think Barry Trotz will have them at their A game. He's a tough coach.

Go Preds !!

(NJD's play the CBJ's today too. They have lost two in a row.)

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Now looking forward to Buffalo versus Nashville. Hey, both teams have huge skin in the game. This one is big for the Canes

.

A two point Slugs lead is catchable due to the Canes/Slugs game onn 4/3. A four point lead is somewhat dicey.

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After the sting of that brutal loss for the Sabres last night wears off, I think their fans will will be happy they took 3 out of the 4 possible points with the games in hand. If the roles were reversed we'd be saying 3-4 isn't too bad, its just too bad the Canes don't control their own destiny.

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Agreed, there are some great races happening this season, it just so happens we're on the outside looking in by a hair so its tough to appreciate whats going on elsewhere. Whats even more interesting is no team, with maybe the exception of Vancouver, has played a consistent brand of hockey all season long. The teams like Philly and Boston that have played well for most of the season seem to have hit walls and Washington is the only team in the East that looks to be surging down stretch.

You guys think we have PP woes, the Bruins have gone 1-30 since picking up Tomas Kaberle at the trade deadline as a PP specialist and have dropped to 21st in the league. Philly, who was rolling for much of season has dealt with some injuries like everyone else but seems to have run into the same wall the Lavi Canes did in 06. It'll be interesting to see if they wake up before the playoffs start or if it will take having their backs against the walls like the Canes did against Montreal in round 1 in 06.

Based on whats happening right now, whoever gets the 7th and 8th spots may have just as good a chance in round 1 as the top seeds unless something changes in the next couple of weeks.....which it can. I have a feeling the playoffs will have a few upsets this year.

But if Boston and Montreal were to meet in the playoffs, Boston would probably have the edge on Montreal because playoff hockey is so much more physical than the regular season.

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BUF and NYR won. So did the Canes. The good is they don't lose ground. The bad news is the season is running out, so status quo won't do.

Still, they did what they had to do.

It also gives me something to cheer for Friday. I will be there at the SPTForum to help bring home a win.

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t also gives me something to cheer for Friday. I will be there at the SPTForum to help bring home a win.

enjoy your stay in my hometown. still cannot figure out how a polka band fits into a hockey game

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t also gives me something to cheer for Friday. I will be there at the SPTForum to help bring home a win.

enjoy your stay in my hometown. still cannot figure out how a polka band fits into a hockey game

Polka band? I'm looking forward to that! :wacko:

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Call me crazy but I don't think 7th place is out of reach yet. The Rangers have 5 tough games coming up. I admit they are playing well but if they falter they could be in reach. Of course the key is for us to keep winning and if we lose to at least come away with a point.

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Call me crazy but I don't think 7th place is out of reach yet. The Rangers have 5 tough games coming up. I admit they are playing well but if they falter they could be in reach. Of course the key is for us to keep winning and if we lose to at least come away with a point.

They are 5 points ahead... With one more game played. So possibly only 3 points ahead.

And they are playing the Sabres soon. Gotta pray it doesnt end in OT/SO.

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gocanes88, can you add one more column for regulation/OT wins? The NHL has added a 'row' column since that new rule could effect the standings this year.

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Remaining Schedule for the Canadiens, Sabres, Rangers and Hurricanes:

March 31

Rangers @ Islanders LOSE 6-2

April 2

Hurricanes @ Islanders

Sabres @ Capitals

Canadiens @ Devils

April 3

Sabres @ Hurricanes

Rangers @ Flyers

April 4

Bruins @ Rangers

April 5

Lightning @ Sabres

Blackhawks @ Canadiens

April 6

Red Wings @ Hurricanes

April 7

Thrashers @ Rangers

Canadiens @ Senators

April 8

Hurricanes @ Thrashers

Flyers @ Sabres

April 9

Lightning @ Hurricanes

Sabres @ Blue Jackets

Rangers @ Devils

Canadiens @ Maple Leafs

Edited by hopper915

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The NHL standings are determined by total points, with the teams ranked in two conferences. If two or more teams are tied in total points, the tie is broken using the following criteria, in order:

1. Wins: Most total wins among the tied teams, excluding games won in the shootout.

2. Head-to-Head Record: Most points in games against each other among the tied teams.

3. Goal Differential: Using the total goals scored during the regular season, the greater positive differential between goals for and against among the tied teams.

4/1 Standings:

7. Buf 87 points, 34 wins (39-5 SO wins)

8. NYR 87 points, 34 wins (41-7 SO wins)

9. Canes 84 points, 32 wins (37-5 SO wins)

Head to Head:

Buf 5 pts - NYR 4 pts

Canes 4 pts - Buf 3 pts (1 game remaining)

Canes 6 pts - NYR 4 pts

Goal Differential:

NYR +32

Buf + 12

Canes -8

I like everything but the goal differential as we win head to head with everything but a reg loss to Buffalo this Sunday.

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