Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/10/09 at 10:05 PM ET
from Craig Simpson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
I don’t think there has ever been a time in modern-day NHL history when as late as Feb. 10 the last place team (15th) in the Western Conference was a mere six points out of a playoff spot.
The Western Conference playoff race is as crowded as the starting gate at the Kentucky Derby with about as much drama set to unfold as the storied thoroughbred race.
With just three weeks left until the trade deadline, there has never been a more difficult time to predict which teams will be buyers, and which will be sellers. Even the ninth and 10th place teams in the Eastern Conference are within two points of eighth, so in total, 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL are within six points of going to the post-season.
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