West Coast Death March (2 down, 4 to go)

That really could have started a lot better for the Wild, eh?

oilers1(photo by Andy Devlin)

The Flames and Oilers both beat the Wild in regulation, pushing them out of the playoff picture for now going by standings points.  If you sort by the amount of lost points (in bold, below) the Wild remain precariously perched on the brink of the playoffs.  Unfortunately, the fact that they have games in hand over Anaheim, Columbus, Edmonton, and Nashville only gives them an advantage if they win.

5.  Vancouver (-52)  72 pts
6.  Edmonton (-57) 67 pts
7.  Minnesota (-57) 65 pts
8.  Columbus (-58)  68 pts
9.  Dallas (-59) 65 pts
10.  Nashville (-60) 66 pts
11.  Anaheim (-61) 67 pts

At this point, to break even on the road trip the Wild have to win 3 of 4.  It’s a tall order, but if they want to remain a playoff team, it’s probably what needs to happen.

By the way, I thought this was disturbing.  Go look up the Wild team leader in +/-.  I’ll wait here.

Weird, huh?


2 thoughts on “West Coast Death March (2 down, 4 to go)

  1. Actually I heard an analysis of Boog’s +/- dominance(?) – they said it was because he is often on the ice when the team is in the offensive zone to park in front of the net and then leaves the ice as the puck goes to the defensive zone because his lack of stickhandling skill and skating speed hurts the team.
    True or not?? I haven’t a clue.

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