Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/27/13 at 03:02 PM ET
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
In the East, it currently looks like the cut-off will be about 52 points, which is very low if you project it out over a full 82-game season (about 89 points).
In the West, it’s slightly higher at about 53 points, which is closer to about 91 over a full season.
Now, it’s possible to get in with less but not overly likely. And, with tiebreakers factored in, teams could miss even if they hit these targets.
Part of what’s happened this season is there hasn’t been enough time for true separation, with teams failing to fall into the bottom and lose a pile of games late in a longer season in a trend that usually pushes the playoff pace higher.
Keeping in mind these projected targets, here is what all 30 teams will need to do over the remaining games to get there:
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