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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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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NHL Eastern Conference outlook (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)

By at 25 September, 2013, 10:13 pm

Metropolitan Division*1 – New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist may not have a new contract yet, but he’s still the best goalie in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers should be more fun to watch, too, as Alain Vigneault takes over for John Tortorella….

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Vigneault’s softer tone replaces Tortorella’s bark (The Associated Press)

By at 24 September, 2013, 11:53 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The message from the New York Rangers bench might not be any different than in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.

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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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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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2013-14 NHL schedule released, including new division names (Puck Daddy)

By at 19 July, 2013, 11:33 am

The great thing about the NHL releasing its schedule on Friday is that we don’t have to worry about half of the season getting wiped out… at least for another eight years or so.
But the entire 1,230-game schedule is here and now the road trip plann…

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Betting on the next New York Rangers Game

By at 16 July, 2013, 5:02 am

With the offseason, many fans of the New York Rangers take this time to carefully watch what occurs with their team. Prior to the beginning of the new season many changes can occur to the team including team additions as well as players leaving. All of these factors can have an impact on the team’s […]

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NHL Roundup: Rangers sign Hagelin (The SportsXchange)

By at 10 July, 2013, 6:49 pm

The New York Rangers signed free agent Carl Hagelin to a two-year, $4.5 million contract, the team announced Wednesday.

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Letang contract talks held up; Clowe’s rights available; Seth Jones mic’d up (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

By at 1 July, 2013, 1:42 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.

• “You can now have Jack Edwards wish your friends and family a Happy Bir…

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