NHL Playoff Death Watch: Dallas closes wild card gap; Eastern bubble bobble tonight (Puck Daddy)

By at 25 March, 2014, 7:40 am

Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
The Dallas Stars’ 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, combined with the Phoenix Coyotes’ overtime loss in New York, pushed them to within a point of the last wild card spot in the West.
Oh, and they have a game in-hand. Oh, and Mike Smith got totally hurt last night.
We look at another big night on the bubble in both conferences in today’s Death Watch
Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.
All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats ; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their “Tragic Number” hits 0.
Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

Team

Place/ Pts./ROW (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance 1 st Wild Card

% Chance of 2 nd Wild Card B

Detroit Red Wings

WILD CARD 1/80/28 (5H/6A)

39

21

Toronto Maple Leafs

WILD CARD 2/80/27 (5H/4A)

14

20

Washington Capitals

9th/79/25 (5H/5A)

19

8

16

Columbus Blue Jackets

10th/78/31 (6H/5A)

20

4

10

New Jersey Devils

11th/75/31 (6H/4A)

15

4

10

Carolina Hurricanes

12th/71/30 (5H/6A)

13

0

1

Ottawa Senators

13th/71/25 (7H/4A)

13

0

1

New York Islanders

14th/63/21 (4H/7A)

5

The four teams surrounding the bubble are all in action tonight.
The Red Wings and Blue Jackets face off in a critical game for both in Columbus. The Leafs host the St. Louis Blues, the best team in the West. The Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings, who are coming off a win in Philly last night.
Here’s how incredibly tight the Eastern Conference wild card is: Depending on the outcomes, the Leafs could find themselves in the first wild card or in 10th place by night’s end.
Higher in the standings, the Rangers regained a one point lead over the Flyers, but Philly has two games in-hand. Montreal’s shootout win over Boston tied them in points with Tampa Bay, who lost a shootout to Ottawa.
Meanwhile in the Western Conference:

Team

Place/Record/Pts. (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance Wild Card A

% Chance of Wild Card B

Minnesota Wild

WILD CARD 1/85/30 (5H/5A)

71

21

Phoenix Coyotes

WILD CARD 2/80/29 (5H/5A)

14

35

Dallas Stars

9th/79/31 (4H/7A)

21

14

41

Vancouver Canucks

10th/76/28 (6H/3A)

14

0

2

Winnipeg Jets

11th/73/26 (3H/6A)

11

0

0

Nashville Predators

12th/72/30 (5H/5A)

12

0

0

Calgary Flames

13th/67/24 (4H/6A)

7

0

The Jets played hard in Dallas, but their loss drops their tragic number to 11.
The Coyotes are in Pittsburgh tonight to face a Penguins team that’s 26-6-2 on home ice. The Stars are in Chicago tonight to face a Blackhawks team that’s 23-7-7 on home ice.
Keep in mind that these two knuckleheads close the season out in Phoenix, so we might be doing this dance until the end.

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NHL Playoff Death Watch: Huge night for Leafs, Wings and Capitals (Puck Daddy)

By at 22 March, 2014, 7:19 am

Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ loss on Rick Nash Appreciation Night dropped them down to the second wild card in the East again.
By the end of Saturday night, they could be on the outside looking in.
The Detroit Red Wings’ game in-hand on Columbus is tonight at the Minnesota Wild. A victory, and the Wings will fly over the Jackets into the final wild card spot, with both team having 12 games remaining.
If the Wings lose in regulation or overtime, the Washington Capitals can hop into the last wild card with 79 points with a win over San Jose – although both Columbus and Detroit will have two games in-hand.
Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.
All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats ; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their “Tragic Number” hits 0.
Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

Team

Place/ Pts./ROW (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance 1 st Wild Card

% Chance of 2 nd Wild Card B

Toronto Maple Leafs

WILD CARD 1/80/27 (6H/5A)

25

21

Columbus Blue Jackets

WILD CARD 2/78/31 (6H/6A)

16

17

Detroit Red Wings

9th/77/27 (6H/7A)

25

21

20

Washington Capitals

10th/75/26 (5H/6A)

21

4

9

New Jersey Devils

11th/73/30 (8H/4A)

19

5

10

Carolina Hurricanes

12th/69/29 (5H/7A)

15

0

0

Ottawa Senators

13th/69/25 (7H/6A)

17

0

1

New York Islanders

14th/61/20 (5H/7A)

7

0

Florida Panthers

15th/60/19 (8H/4A)

6

The Rangers face the Devils tonight in a critical game for both teams, as Jersey fights for its playoff life and the Rangers seek to leave the wild card bubble and try to pry home ice away from the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers host St. Louis on Saturday.
Montreal and Toronto play a game with plenty on the line. The Leafs could close within one point of the Habs for third in the Atlantic, which means a first-round battle against Tampa Bay rather than either Boston or Pittsburgh.
The Lightning are at the Penguins. Boston is at Phoenix, after clinching a playoff spot last night.
Meanwhile in the Western Conference:

Team

Place/Record/Pts. (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance Wild Card A

% Chance of Wild Card B

Minnesota Wild

WILD CARD 1/83/29 (6H/6A)

72

22

Phoenix Coyotes

WILD CARD 2/79/29 (6H/6A)

18

43

Dallas Stars

9th/75/29 (6H/7A)

22

7

28

Vancouver Canucks

10th/74/27 (7H/3A)

15

0

2

Winnipeg Jets

11th/73/26 (4H/7A)

16

0

2

Nashville Predators

12th/70/29 (4H/7A)

13

0

0

Calgary Flames

13th/63/23 (5H/7A)

10

0

0

Edmonton Oilers

14th/59/22 (8H/3A)

2

The Wild host Detroit while the Coyotes host the Bruins. Both West wild card teams have 12 games left.
The Dallas Stars have a game in-hand on both and host the Ottawa Senators tonight, needing a win after losing three games on an Eastern road trip.
A regulation loss for the Oilers to Calgary would eliminate them from postseason contention, as would any combination of two points gained by the Coyotes and lost by Edmonton tonight.

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NHL Playoff Death Watch: Jackets fall to wild card; Caps, Wings alive (Puck Daddy)

By at 19 March, 2014, 7:21 am

Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
The Eastern Conference playoff picture was shaken up on Tuesday night thanks to Carolina’s surprising 3-1 win at Columbus.
The Blue Jackets plummeted to the last wild card slot thanks to their loss and the New York Rangers’ win over Ottawa. The Rangers (78 points) kept pace with the Flyers (79) in the second and third spots in the Metropolitan, which essentially means jockeying for home ice while avoiding a potential first round matchup with the Boston Bruins that awaits the lowest wild card.
Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.
All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats ; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their “Tragic Number” hits 0.
Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

Team

Place/ Pts./ROW (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance 1 st Wild Card

% Chance of 2 nd Wild Card B

Columbus Blue Jackets

WILD CARD/76/30 (7H/7A)

10

14

Washington Capitals

9th/76/25 (5H/7A)

24

4

10

Detroit Red Wings

10th/75/26 (7H/7A)

27

16

20

New Jersey Devils

11th/71/29 (9H/4A)

21

3

8

Ottawa Senators

12th/69/25 (8H/6A)

21

1

2

Carolina Hurricanes

13th/69/29 (5H/8A)

19

0

1

New York Islanders

14th/61/20 (5H/7A)

9

0

0

Florida Panthers

15th/60/19 (8H/5A)

10

0

0

The Red Wings (+7.2 percent) and Capitals (+8.4 percent) increased their playoff chances with wins on Tuesday night, although the Caps are racing the clock considering both Columbus and Detroit have two games in-hand on them. The Devils, meanwhile, saw their playoff probability drop by 11.1 percent with their loss to Boston.
On Wednesday night: Another key showdown between the Tampa Bay Lightning (third in the Atlantic, 81 points) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (fourth in the Atlantic, first wild card, 80 points). The Bolts, however, have two games in-hand on the Leafs.
Meanwhile in the Western Conference:

Team

Place/Record/Pts. (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance Wild Card A

% Chance of Wild Card B

Phoenix Coyotes

WILD CARD/77/28 (7H/6A)

16

30

Dallas Stars

9th/75/29 (6H/8A)

26

12

37

Vancouver Canucks

10th/72/26 (8H/3A)

17

0

1

Winnipeg Jets

11th/71/25 (5H/7A)

18

0

1

Nashville Predators

12th/68/28 (5H/8A)

17

0

0

Calgary Flames

13th/63/23 (6H/7A)

12

0

0

Edmonton Oilers

14th/59/22 (9H/3A)

6

0

The Stars remain two points out of the last wild card with a game in-hand on Phoenix, despite their loss to Pittsburgh. The Minnesota Wild have the first wild card with 82 points and 13 games remaining.
Meanwhile, Chicago (93 points) faces the St. Louis Blues (101 points) while the Colorado Avalanche (93 points) play at Winnipeg.

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Red Wings 3, Maple Leafs 2 (The SportsXchange)

By at 18 March, 2014, 8:29 pm

DETROIT — Winger Gustav Nyquist scored twice and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

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Bobrovsky, Okposo, Niemi named Three Stars (The SportsXchange)

By at 17 March, 2014, 10:30 am

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo and San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week. Bobrovsky posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.58 goals-against average …

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Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Roy vs. Gabby, Part 2; SJ circling Pac lead; Schneider against Lu, post-Canucks (Puck Daddy)

By at 14 March, 2014, 4:13 pm

Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight’s slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

Create-a-caption: Bruce Boudreau and Patrick Roy meet for the second time this season. (Thanks to Indiana Matt from TheRoyalHalf.com for the picture)
• • • • •
Preview: San Jose Sharks at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. EST
Preview: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:00 p.m. EST
Preview: New York Rangers at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m. EST
Preview: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. EST
Preview: Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m. EST
• • • • •
Five things to know about tonight’s NHL games …
1) Bruce Boudreau vs. Patrick Roy, Round 2, FIGHT! Believe it or not, this is the first time the Ducks and Avalanche have met since their catfight in the first game of the season .
2) Bad to worse in Vancouver, if that’s even possible. Well, Ryan Kesler kind of got what we he wanted. He’s out of the Canucks lineup … ‘at least a couple weeks’ with a knee injury . Kesler is second on the Canucks in points, first in goals, and tied for first in power play points.
3) Power of Peverley. Rich Peverley is out of the hospital, and spent time with his teammates on Thursday as they practiced. Just seeing Peverley up and about is bound to give the Stars a boost. Dallas was already a sleeper team to watch; now they’re a sleeper team on a mission to win for their teammate.
4) Sharks and Ducks and the Pacific Division. Anaheim had been leading the Pacific Division for a good amount of time. Thanks to the Ducks four-game slide, and the Sharks four-game win streak, they’re tied in the standings at 93 points. Both are behind league leading St. Louis by four points.
5) Cory Schneider vs. Roberto Luongo. This time last season, who would have thought this matchup would involve the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers, and NOT the Vancouver Canucks?

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Damien Brunner quickly adjusts to Devils, earns new contract (Puck Daddy)

By at 25 September, 2013, 10:15 am

As summer dragged on and the NHL’s free agency period quieted, one name remained on the market that was sort of a surprise to most. Damien Brunner had a successful first season in North America netting 12 goals and 26 points in 44 games with the Detroi…

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Penguins, Bruins, Blackhawks and Kings odds-on favorites entering 2013-14 season (Puck Daddy)

By at 29 August, 2013, 10:28 am

There’s been so much attention paid to the rechristening of the four divisions – Detroit in the Atlantic, the very existence of the Metropolitan – that you might have forgotten that the NHL rejiggered its playoff format as well.
Please recall t…

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Jaromir Jagr is cooler than you; Lundqvist hearts NY; Good week for Nyquist (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

By at 20 August, 2013, 12:25 pm

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• Jaromir Jagr reps some new Reebok kicks, and demonstrates, once again, …

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Fraser, Zuccarello avoid arbitration; Steve Sullivan on future; trade Franson? (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

By at 30 July, 2013, 10:51 am

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• “Toronto Maple Leaf NHL hockey player Joffrey Lupul visits the Magnum Ple…

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