With 13 days left in the 2021 /22 DCHL season, it looks like the Atlantic division playoff race will go down to the last day of the season.
The fight for the last 2 playoff spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race is still down to 3 teams (3rd in Atlantic and the 2nd wild card).
Montreal and Florida are facing each other, and New Jersey is facing the lowly Detroit Red Wings on the last day of the 2021 / 22 DCHL Season.
The 2 Atlantic division team better have a 3-point lead on the Devils if they want a chance to make the playoffs. Although the Red Wings have a 6-4 record over the last 10 games, they are 31st overall in the DCHL with only the expansion Kraken with a worst record.
GP W L OTL Pts
Montreal 77 34 33 10 78
Florida 74 35 33 6 76
New Jersey 75 34 32 9 77
With only 2 points separating the 3 teams, the race continues to be tight and although the Habs are currently leading the 3-team race, it looks like they’re in trouble.
Montreal only has 5 games left against the Wild, Flyers, Senators, Sabres and the Panthers on the final day of the season.
The only game that you can say Montreal should win for sure is against Ottawa, the 4 will be tough games to win for the Canadiens. Predicting that they will finish the season with a 2 – 3 or 3 - 2 record wouldn’t be a stretch.
At best Montreal will finish between 82 - 84 points.
The Devils have 7 games left against the Golden Knights, Sabres, Canes twice, Wings twice and Senators. Predicting 4 wins for New Jersey wouldn’t be a stretch, which would give the Devils 85 points.
Finally, the Panthers have 8 games left against the Red Wings twice, Islanders, Leafs, Lightning, Bruins, Senators, and Montreal to close it the season. Looking at the standings the Panthers only have 3 tough matchups left over the last 8 games.
Even if they only go 4 - 4 during that stretch they should give them 84 points.
So, the Canadiens will need help to make the playoffs, but the inconsistent Panthers might just be the ones that give it to them.
In the Central division 3 horses race for the last 2 spots continues, but since the last update, the Blues have taken over 3rd place in the Norris division!
This statement was made in the last update “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.”
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
St Louis Blues 75 41 26 8 90
Minnesota Wild 74 40 26 8 88
Chicago Blackhawks 76 41 30 5 87
Will the Blues and Wild be able to keep the last 2 playoff spots in the Western Conference?
Probably, the Blackhawks have 6 games left against the Coyotes, Kings, Sharks, Flyers, Golden Knights and Sabres to close out the season. That is a tough schedule, the Hawks may even go 1 – 5 over that span. At best they’ll go 3 – 3 to given them 93 points, but that unlikely. My prediction: they’ll go 2 – 4 for 91 points.
The Blues have 7 games left against the Predators, Bruins, Sharks, Coyotes, Ducks, Avalanche and Golden Knights.
Although there are no easy matchups, the Blues should win at least 3 of these games to give them 96 points, which would be enough to beat out Chicago.
The Wild will need a major collapse over their last 8 games not to make the playoff which includes 6 home games over that stretch. With a 20-13-2 record at home and only 2 tough matchups to close out the season the Wild are all but guaranteed to make the playoffs.