Western Wild Card vs Eastern Wild Card 2016 NHL Playoff Predictions
With just about 6 games left for most of the hockey teams, here at Pucking Hockey we are going to take a look at the Western Conference Wild Card spots and Eastern Conference Wild Card spots. Who gets in? Who goes home?
Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche
It’s over for Colorado, as of 3/30 they trail Minnesota for the final wild card spot, by 5 points. To make matters worse for Patrick Roy, his remaining schedule is nearly impossible to squeeze into the playoffs. They have to play against Washington, St. Louis, Nashville, Dallas then Anaheim to end their regular season. All playoff contending teams.
As for the Wild, they have the much easier schedule with a red-hot Devan Dubnyk in net. They will be facing Ottawa, Detroit, Winnipeg, San Jose then Calgary. 4 of 5 teams who will be missing the 2016 NHL playoffs. Possibly all 5 teams will miss (Detroit)
Bye, Bye Colorado!
Philadelphia Flyers vs Detroit Red Wings
It’s been a back and forth teenager relationship between Philly and Detroit. As of 3/30 the Flyers hold the final wild card spot tied with Detroit sitting at 87 points. Philly has a game in hand, and will have to depend on Steve Mason for their remaining schedule, who is nursing a slight injury. Michal Neuvirth’s also out with an injury however he will be ready for the playoffs if the Flyers make it in. The Flyers also brought Ray Emery in for try-outs, if they sign him, he can only play during the regular season, not the playoffs.
Philly’s remaining schedule consists of Washington, Ottawa, Pittsburgh (in Pitt where they have dominated the Pens) Detroit, Toronto, Pittsburgh (at home where they struggled against the Pens) then the Islanders.
That’s a pretty tough schedule however they have 4 games at home remaining and 3 road games remaining. If the Flyers will get into the 2016 NHL playoffs they need Detroit to start slipping away.
As for Detroit let’s take a look at their remaining schedule. Minnesota, Toronto, Philly, Boston then the Rangers. Comparing their remaining schedule to the Flyers, it seems pretty equal. However, Minnesota, Boston and the Rangers have been on fire, do the Rangers want the Flyers in the playoffs? Does Boston want the Flyers in the playoffs?
Philly has been the hotter team in March going 7-2-2 and Detroit’s goaltending has fallen apart. Petr Mrazek came back down to earth, and Jimmy Howard, is still Jimmy Howard.
This is such an exciting race because both teams have to rely on their goaltending and their fairly rough schedule to squeeze into the playoffs. Philly should get in, they possess the younger experienced squad as where the Red Wings’ young guns are not experienced enough yet. Let’s face it, Zetterberg and Datsyuk are not who they used to be. They have experience yes, but they are surrounded by non experienced players.
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