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DCHL Playoff Race Update

3/30/2022 • Jean Levergneux

Eastern Conference

It looks like the Eastern Conference playoff race is down to 3 teams for the last 2 playoff spots (3rd in Atlantic and the 2nd wild card).

                              GP          W           L             OTL        Pts

Montreal             69           30           30           9             69

Florida                  66           32           30           4             68

 

New Jersey         66           30           27           9             69

 

With only 1 point separating the 3 teams, this race will go on until the last game of the regular season. 

A month ago, it seemed like New Jersey had all but locked up the last wild card spot, but a few rough weeks from the Devils and a good run from the Panthers and Habs as closed the gap and made this playoff race interesting.

With 3 games in hand, 2 more wins in the bank and only 1 point behind the Devils and the Canadiens, it looks like Florida has the advantage.

But neither one of these teams have demonstrated the ability to be consistent enough to earn a playoff spot.

 

Western Conference

The top 4 spots in the Pacific divisions are all be wrapped up, the only question left to answer is who will finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th and who will avoid the Sharks in the 1st round.

Although the Oilers currently hold the 2nd spot in the division, not having their top goalie for the remainder of the season will make that difficult with the Kings and Flames beathing down their neck.

In the Central division, we have a 3 horses race for the last 2 spots.

                                             GP          W           L             OTL        Pts

Minnesota Wild               65           36           22           7             79

Chicago Blackhawks        68           36           27           5             77

ST Louis Blues                   65           34           23           8             76

It may look like the Wild have a playoff spot wrapped up, but with only a 3-point lead on the Blues with 17 games left anything can happen.