Mind Boggling Loss

There is something wrong with the Calgary Flames. Now six points down to the Detroit Red Wings, who have a game in hand at the moment, the Flames put up an absolute stinker against the Bruins, a team who is in a similar situation. Unlike the burnt out Flames, Boston has rallied around the fact that they have lost their best player, and need wins in order to hold off Atlanta. The Bruins scored on their first three powerplays on route to a 5-0 win.

I think it is pretty safe to say that 15 of the playoff teams are now set. Philly dropped to 8th with a loss to Pit today, and Atlanta is trailing them by four with eight games to go. Regardless of who makes it in the East, I think the West absolutely makes that Conference look terrible. If you match up seed vs seed from both Conferences, I’m not sure if I’d be confident picking any East team to win a series:

  • San Jose vs Washington – this would be the exception
  • Chicago vs Pittsburgh – Hawks depth would win out
  • Vancouver vs Buffalo – Olympic rematch in net
  • Phoenix vs New Jersey – NJ would be the sexy pick but Phoenix is on fire
  • Nashville vs Ottawa – Sens wouldn’t be in the playoffs in the West…they’re in 5th in the East
  • LA vs Montreal – ’93 rematch
  • Colorado vs Boston
  • Detroit vs Philly

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