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26 PAC 80 34 39 7 75 199 247 22-15-3 12-24-4 5-4-1 Lost 2
27 SE 80 34 40 6 74 249 275 17-20-2 17-20-4 5-5-0 Lost 2
28 NW 79 32 44 3 67 197 252 18-20-0 14-24-3 1-7-2 Lost 1
29 SE 80 24 38 18 66 206 269 12-17-11 12-21-7 1-6-3 Lost 7
30 ATL 79 26 44 9 61 196 264 17-16-6 9-28-3 3-6-1 Lost 1

 

Lots of happenings in the Ti4T standings last night. The Islanders rolled over and played dead, losing 9-0 to the Hurricanes. Tampa made it interesting late, but ended up losing to Pittsburgh 6-4. Colorado, of course, got a point and a moral victory over the Sharks.

What does it mean? Lots. The Avs are now guaranteed to finish 28th or worse. However, they are out of contention for the 30th spot; Tampa can still finish 30th, but the Islanders will seal that up with their next loss.

You can probably delete those bookmarks for the Victor Hedman youtube highlights. If it's correct that Hedman is going to go #2, the only way the Avs can land in that spot (barring trade) is to finish 29th. For that to happen, Tampa needs to win one more game than the Avalanche the rest of the way (Tampa plays Atlant and Washington, Colorado plays Dallas, Vancouver and St Louis).

Because of the way the goofy lottery works, the Avalanche can jump to #1 or fall to #4, but can't move up from 3 to 2. So, barring a win or two from the Lightning, the Avalanche would seem to be looking at drafting John Tavares, Matt Duchene or Evander Kane. Certainly not a bad haul at all, but I was getting a little excited by the idea of seeing Hedman patrolling our blueline for the next few years.