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Game To Watch Tonight

The New Yorik Rangers visit the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.

Sports Club Stats chances of making the playoffs list Columbus at 80.7%, the Rangers at 78.1% and Detroit at 53%.  The Leafs are at 60.2%.


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POS 20 Mar 14

Posted by RWBill on 03/21/14 at 12:52 PM ET

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Unless there is some scheduling anomaly, we should be pulling for CBJ to win in regulation.  The Rangers are slightly more vulnerable and susceptible to overtaking.

Toronto’s goal keeping has been very shaky lately and would love to see them flatline for another several games.

Posted by RWBill on 03/21/14 at 12:55 PM ET

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Sorry I did not update the shaded color box on the CBJ and Rangers.  CBJ is actually the guaranteed #3 team right now in the Metro, and the NYR are the Wild Card team (yellow box the Wings covet).

With a Columbus win in regulation and a Detroit win tomorrow, Detroit could jump New York for the Wild Card position.

Of course the same could be said if NYR win in regulation, but NYR have played one more game already.

Posted by RWBill on 03/21/14 at 12:59 PM ET


This is remarkably similar to last year.

Posted by neffernin on 03/21/14 at 01:16 PM ET

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Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/21/14 at 12:52 PM ET

This is an absolutely fantastic graph; stick taps all around.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/21/14 at 01:36 PM ET


Whatever happens, I just hope one of these teams win in regulation.

I suspect that Columbus is the more likely of the two to make the playoffs.

Posted by NewfieWing on 03/21/14 at 01:57 PM ET

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I will be out of state - Virginia - and probably away from Excel until March 31, so no more headaches trying to read graphs.

Until then here is a look at the whole Eastern Conference going down the track from the 1/4 pole.

And yes, that is what 10 wins in a row looks like.  Redonkulous.

Conf Long 20 Mar

Posted by RWBill on 03/21/14 at 05:09 PM ET

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2013 -
No doubt the Blue Jackets remember being shut out last year on the last day, despite winning 7 of their last 8 and losing a tie breaker.  The Wings had to garner 9 of their final 10 points.

It looks like the same Ready Set Vomit finish this year.

Note that equivalent of 94 points and winning a tie breaker was required to get into the playoffs last year.

Posted by RWBill on 03/21/14 at 05:23 PM ET

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wow, thanks for the graphs!

Posted by gowings from MTL on 03/21/14 at 06:42 PM ET

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you’re welcome.  always concerned that the resolution and clarity don’t get through.

Posted by RWBill on 03/21/14 at 06:52 PM ET

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wow what a great job Zetterberg did leading the team last year in the final 2 weeks.

Posted by RWBill on 03/21/14 at 06:56 PM ET

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