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You Do the Math, 3-12-09 March 12, 2009

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.
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It’s going to be a wild night at the rinks. Only four teams, all in the West, have the night off. And about half of the teams in the Eastern Conference have mathematical possibilities on tap tonight.

The team-by-team breakdown looks like this.

ATLANTA THRASHERS
@ EDM
Would be eliminated from 3rd in the East, AND 1st in the Southeast, with any loss, OR with a Washington win or overtime.

BOSTON BRUINS
vs OTT
Can clinch 10th in the East, AND 3rd in the Northeast, with a win. Can clinch 11th in the East, AND 4th in the Northeast, with an overtime OR any Toronto loss.

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Can clinch 14th in the East with a win AND an Islanders regulation loss.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Would be eliminated from 4th in the East AND 2nd in the Atlantic with any loss, OR with a Philadelphia win or overtime.
Would be eliminated from 5th in the East AND 2nd in the Atlantic with a regulation loss AND a Montreal win.

OTTAWA SENATORS
@ BOS
Would be eliminated from President’s Trophy consideration with a win AND a win or overtime from San Jose OR Detroit.
Would be eliminated from President’s Trophy consideration, AND 1st in the East, AND 1st in the Northeast, with any loss.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
vs WAS
Can clinch 14th in the East AND 4th in the Atlantic with a win or overtime, OR with any Islanders loss.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
vs TBL
Would be eliminated from 1st in the East, AND 1st in the Northeast, with any loss OR with a Boston win or overtime.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
@ PHI
Can clinch 12th in the East, AND 3rd in the Southeast, with a win or overtime OR with any Atlanta loss.

So, who should Caps fans root for tonight?
Ottawa over Boston. Never mind the math–we need SOMEBODY to slow down the Bruins so we can keep up with them.
Buffalo over Florida. If the Sabres can keep the Panthers off our heels, great. Just for tonight, Let’s Go, Buffalo!
Phoenix over New Jersey. Obviously, we’ll take an inter-conference loss for the Devils, but I’m not holding my breath on this one.
Columbus over Pittsburgh. Self-evident–we’d like the West to beat the East. And any Pittsburgh loss is always welcome here in the District.
Tampa Bay over Toronto. Tampa Bay can’t catch us no matter what they do, so let’s hope they can help us by playing spoiler.
Islanders over Montreal. Same logic–if in doubt, root for the spoiler.
Nashville over the Rangers. Again, rooting for the West, and the Rangers can lose all day for all I care.
Dallas over Carolina, and Edmonton over Atlanta–here’s hoping the West helps out the leaders of the Southeast.

Rest of the slate is all-West, which won’t affect our playoff standing.

A little less than 45 minutes to face-off as this goes to press–Papa John’s, anyone?

CAPITAL SPIRIT
HOCKEY OVERLOAD TONIGHT!

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1. KDOG - March 18, 2009

seems the caps are finding the wrong time to hit a lull…


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