After this weekend, the teams ranked 6th through 13th in the Western Conference have all played 72 games, meaning they all have 10 games remaining. Here’s a look at where they stand and who they have left to face (home games are bold).
|Columbus||82||TB, CGY, STL, STL, NSH, NSH, CHI, CHI, STL, MIN|
|Edmonton||79||DET, PHX, ANA, MIN, ANA, SJ, VAN, LA, CGY, CGY|
|Nashville||77||ANA, SJ, LA, DET, CLB, CHI, CLB, CHI, DET, MIN|
|Anaheim||76||NSH, COL, EDM, COL, EDM, VAN, SJ, SJ, DAL, PHX|
|Minnesota||76||NYR, NYI, CGY, EDM, VAN, CGY, DET, DAL, NSH, CLB|
|St. Louis||75||LA, VAN, CLB, CLB, CHI, DET, DAL, PHX, CLB, COL|
|Dallas||74||VAN, LA, FLA, PHX, LA, CGY, STL, MIN, COL, ANA|
|Los Angeles||70||STL, DAL, NSH, DAL, PHX, PHX, CGY, EDM, VAN, SJ|
Things in the Wild’s favor include –
1) Lots of games against the teams competing for those final spots. They finish against Nashville and Columbus which could be an opportunity to make up some ground in head-to-head matchups. They still control their own destiny (if they finish 10-0 they make the playoffs).
2) The current 8th place team (Nashville) has the hardest remaining schedule. Average standings points of opponents for Nashville is 88, they play Detroit twice on the road, and nobody who’s been eliminated from playoff competition. The second hardest schedule belongs to Edmonton, currently in 7th place, who faces all three division leaders down the stretch.
Things not in the Wild’s favor include –
1) They don’t have an easy schedule, the average standings points of Wild opponents comes out to 82. Only Edmonton (84) and Nashville (88) have harder schedules.
2) They will have to win some of those 10. And maybe even more than one in a row. On the road.