Who is going make the playoffs?

Well with all the deals that are going to happen after the deadline, we have to wonder, who is going to be in the playoffs come April.With the current standings as follows:

1. Carolina – 82 pts

2. Ottowa – 79 pts

3. Rangers – 78 pts

4. Buffalo – 77 pts

5. Philly- 75 pts

6. Tampa – 68 pts

7. Devils – 66 pts

8. Montreal – 60pts


9. Toronto – 59 pts

10. Thrashers – 58 pts

11. Boston – 58 pts

As of now I think the Rangers, Canes, and Sabres will come out on top. With Hasek possibly nursing an injury, and the absolute incredible play of the sabres as of late, I think they will pull through.

The top 5 seeds are pretty much a lock. 6-8 are not as clear cut. Yes the Lightning and Devils do have some cushion, but as we have seen earlier this year with Atlanta and Toronto, they can easily fall out.

I think Boston and the Thrashers will be there in the end as the 7th and 8th seeds. I dont think New Jersey will hold on. They have been WAY to inconsistent this season. Yeah it was nice that they went on a what 9 game run? But as of late they have slowed down considerably. If Boston can continue to get spectacular goaltending out of Thomas… I think they have a good shot to make it.

I also think the Thrashers have a good shot as well. There is just to much talent with Kovalchuk, Hossa, and Savard for them to not make it. I also think that Wadells guarentee will give them something to rally around. I live in Atlanta and attend quite a few Thrasher games, and it is a great hockey city with passionate hardworking players. This is a team that as we have seen can put together the wins together.

Now for the teams that are going to be left out. Ill start with the Islanders. Dipietro has shown the world that he can be a spectacular goaltender. Hes also shown that he can give up some pretty soft goals. Also there defense has been aweful. Sopel has massivly under produced. The only brightspot in there team right now is Campoli.

Montreal, Theodore is going to be to much of a distraction to there team. 9th for them. I doubt Huet can hold up this great goaltending for long. And they dont have much to trade as far as deadline deals go.

Toronto. This team is in absolute shambles. I give them 10th in the Eastern Conference. McCabe is there leading point man. Which is sad when you consider that he is a huge defensive liability. Rumours have it that Sundin might be moved and when you consider the fact that they have a pre-historic goaltender in Eddie Belfour, that says it all. This team isnt going anywhere for a while. Not when you sign guys like kaberle to a deal that gives them 2 million more then they are worth. Good luck Toronto fans, I hope you guys have enough sense to keep Steen, Wellwood, and Allison around.

63 Responses to Who is going make the playoffs?

  1. RangerSteve says:

    Well, here are my predictions on where each team will end up. Obviously take it from what it’s worth…

    1. Ottawa

    2. Carolina

    3. NY Rangers

    4. Philadelphia

    5. Buffalo

    6. New Jersey

    7. Tampa Bay

    8. Montreal

  2. wheresthesoda says:

    philly is getting healthier, but so are the Rangers. Blair Betts the Rangers best faceoff man is coming back, and Prucha might be back soon

  3. Aetherial says:

    McCabe is a hude defensive liability.

    Please provide factual evidence to supoprt this.

  4. FLAMESOWNU says:

    your arguing that trade is bad for toronto..WOW

  5. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    he isnt a hude defensive liability. he is a huge defensive liability.

  6. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    and there is a whole lot of evidence to SUPPORT it.

  7. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    why are u talking about hockey when your name is chink?

  8. toronto77 says:

    i’m so sick of you leaf bashers saying that the leafs will not make the playoffs, just becasue you hate them, well don’t get your hopes up, the habs will not hold on to that spot, boston and atlanta? please they will not make the playoffs. Toronto is one of the most underated teams in the east, and your making it seem like that because you hate them so much. Don’t worry about toronto, you just focus on your own team.

  9. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    so the captain of the retirement home league ed belfour will lead them right?>

  10. RangerSteve says:

    Good teams know how to play through injuries. This season the Leafs have been losing key guys left and right, but still crumble when it counts. Toronto isn’t one of the most underrated teams in the east. If anything you are trying hold onto this mystique of the franchise. In my opinion, they have a good a shot as anybody trying to get that 8th spot. However, I just don’t think that they are going to get it done.

  11. Neely4Life says:









    Boston has one of the best goalies in the league right now (hes playin like it, doesnt look like hes gonna slow down) and thats whos takin the 8th spot. Seems like they have found a groove and are not gonna slow down, the break might have though.

  12. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    there wasnt really a nice way to put it.

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