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A Look at the Math, 3/3/10 March 3, 2010

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.

A little bit less going on tonight than last night–whew–so this will be a much shorter write-up. Magic Numbers here are through all games 3/1: Tuesday night’s results are not included.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT BUFFALO SABRES. Game 4 of 4. WSH leads by 2. Ryan Miller will have had a night off following his silver-medal performance on Sunday. This is the second game in two nights for Buffalo, but it’s the first game the Caps will have played since the Olympics. Whether that means the guys in the white sweaters will be better-rested, or worse-rusted, should be evident in the first ten minutes. The Caps will be looking to put the kibbosh on a three-game skid they had just before the break, and I have to believe they’ll come storming out with all guns blazing tonight. SERIES: BUF must win in regulation to tie series, or WSH wins. PLAYOFF CLINCH/ELIMINATION None possible if TOR lost Tuesday night. If TOR won Tuesday night, then: CAPITALS: Can clinch 14 East with any point. MAPLE LEAFS: Would be eliminated from President’s Trophy and 1 East if BUF does not win in regulation. If TOR has already been eliminated by WSH, smallest remaining magic number would then be WSH +7 against CAR for 13 East and 4 Southeast.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS. Game 4 of 4. FLA leads by 2. Both teams are in the second game of back-to-backs, so this one could get sloppy. And with Ray Emery now out for the season in Philadelphia, it’s only natural to think the Panthers may try to capitalize on what could be an uneasy visitors’ room. SERIES: PHI must win in regulation to tie series, or FLA wins. FLA is -10 against WSH for President’s Trophy, 3 Southeast, and 1 East, as of Monday.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT DETROIT RED WINGS. Game 3 of 4. DET leads by 4. A couple of completely random observations on this one. Chris Chelios’s departure for Atlanta may quiet things down a bit at the Joe: Chelios had been a Detroit mainstay since 1998. That was the year that Jesse Ventura got elected governor of Minnesota, and if that seems like a long time ago to you, then you’re not alone. Meanwhile, the Wings are currently hanging on to the 8 spot, and it should go without saying that the Wings don’t want to be sneaking into the playoffs. Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, the Canucks are playing their second road game in two nights, having played in Columbus Tuesday night. (I warned you those observations were going to be random, didn’t I?) SERIES: VAN must win in regulation, or DET clinches series. VAN is +10 against EDM for 14 West and 4 Northwest, as of Monday’s games.

EDMONTON OILERS AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS. Game 4 of 4. Off game; CHI has clinched series. The doormat of the Western Conference skates into the United Center, where the Blackhawks are 23-6-2. Theoretically, anything’s possible, and the Hawks need to avoid playing down to the opposition–ask any Caps fan how THAT usually works out. EDM is -8 against PHX for 3 West, as of Monday night.

MINNESOTA WILD AT CALGARY FLAMES. Game 3 of 6. MIN leads by 3. Two second-tier Northwest squads take to the ice in Calgary, with the visiting Wild looking to put the season series all but out of reach of the Flames. The Wild need this one more than the Flames do, as their top-line score could be uncomfortably close to double digits with a loss here. MIN is -16 against WSH for the President’s Trophy.

COLORADO AVALANCHE AT ANAHEIM DUCKS. Game 2 of 4. ANA leads by 2. The Ducks held a bit of a fire sale on Tuesday, so this one could be the first game of a painful rebuild. Three years ago, the Ducks won the whole enchilada, and now they’re making trades for future considerations. How many fans are going to show up at the Pond for this one, knowing that team brass have conceded the season? COL is +10 against EDM for 14 West and 4 Northwest.




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