The Playoff Picture Thread

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  1. Cory Gray

    Cory Gray Registered User

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    Pretty amazing and fortunate if you ask me... there are FIVE teams in between us and that last playoff spot though. Fortunate because we have such a huge divide between the top 5 teams in our division and the bottom three playoff spots - and we are competing for just two of those (unfortunate that we're not in the Central where we'd be competing for all three). Really... everyone is still in it in the west, one hot streak by us or anyone else in the bottom 8 could very well get them into a wildcard spot.

    A five game win streak to follow the all-star break could do miracles for our chances - and that's not an impossible ask here, is it?
     
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    Stop!, they're already dead.
     
  3. elmeroil

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    What's the point of this post? Some fans have given up and that's their right. Other fans see that we are luckily only 3 points back with 39% of the season left to play. Could it go bad quickly, absolutely. Could they go on a tear with Klef back and Mcdavid rested, absolutely.

    Koskinen has also shown that behind some decent defense he can have a good run. No reason to say they are dead until they are a lot further out of it.
     
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    Tough to see them playing past .500
     
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    2 points out and climbing boys!
     
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    That's actually a pretty normative schedule. Neither hard, or easy. Everything looks harder when you looking up from near bottom.

    The funny thing about the metric is there is no bad WC team column, namely because every one of the clubs is in the WC race.

    The reality is it doesn't matter much who you face and it doesn't always seem to matter to the Oilers who play better against good clubs and often worse against bad ones.

    Sometimes it seems theres an advantage playing a lot of clubs down the stretch that don't need the pts and the hardest games are playing the clubs that do.

    In anycase in the capped era there really aren't clubs that are unbeatable, or that don't lose regularly, those don't exist. Every game is winnable, or losable.

    These breakdowns are just interesting, they mean nothing.

    The bad news is that 9 teams are fighting for 2WC spots what with all the divisional spots pretty much locked up.
     
  7. Mr Positive

    Mr Positive Cap Crunch Incoming

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    I'd wonder if perhaps Dallas could get cold at some point and fall to the wild card spots. They've been hot and cold this season, and although they've got a decent lead, there's still a lot of track for them to give space in.

    That doesn't open up a spot for us as a Pacific team, but it make be a spot that St.Louis climbs into, and I think that is a team that will not give up their playoff spot at all, and will stay hot.

    The real hope for us is that although there's lots of competition for only 2 spots, perhaps we are well positioned to win some games considering our big losing skids were connected with certain key injuries, injuries that are close to resolved, and I'm not even talking about Sekera. So there's some good reason to think we would be one of the more competitive suitors for those spots.
     
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    We’ve lost to Detroit. We’ve lost to Jersey. We’ve lost to LA. There are no easy games for this team. Every game will be life and death.
     
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    We still have the same goalies though and to me, that is the biggest issue. Talbot runs hot and cold, and I have no idea what we have in Koskinen.
     

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