There are two weeks remaining in the NHL season.
Over the next few days, teams will be officially eliminated from the playoffs as the NHL’s gimmicky standings prolong the hopes of fans who think their crappy teams actually still have a chance.
What about the Canucks? Where are they with 91 points and seven games remaining starting this evening in the show me state?
The next five games are difficult before finishing off with cream puffs Arizona and Edmonton at home. Actually those lousy teams have proven to be pesky. There are no gimmes for Vancouver.
95 or 96 points should get them in. Two more wins, or four or five games that get to OT or a combo of those two things.
The Canucks are a hard team to figure out. Right when you think they are going to build some momentum for the post-season. Errrrch.
Last week there was a Massive conquest in LA, a victory at Arizona and then a takedown of the Jets at the Raj before flopping to already out of the playoffs Colorado and Dallas on home ice. They were fortunate to get the loser point versus the Stars.
Possibly the best part about the next five games, away in St. Louis, Nashville, Chicago, and Winnipeg before returning to meet LA is, it should be a good gauge for Coach Willie Desjardins to know if his charges are playoff ready.
I’m not sure Willie has figured them out, which means it’s been a hell of a coaching job just to get them to the final 16. Almost.
The Canucks have been a hard squad to pigeon hole, which could mean, they could be dangerous later in the spring. Or not.