Calgary doesn't deserve to be a playoff team. They just don't. They have 6 fewer wins than Colorado, who is only 4 wins behind Vancouver, btw, and have left the arena with losses in 41 of their 75 games. As in, Colorado is just as many wins away from Vancouver as Calgary is losses from Edmonton and Calgary is still in the playoff race. The schedule last week couldn't have been anymore perfect for them to make a move in the playoff race as they played the three worst teams in hockey as well as a Colorado squad they had beaten 10 consecutive times. The result? They lost every game but walked away with 3 of a possible 8 points and remain in the thick of the playoff race simply because they managed to not lose in regulation. Just because you can lose every game and still have a more productive season than the Minnesota Wild doesn't mean you should be in a playoff race at any point.
Edmonton, you're clearly doing the losing thing wrong. You're already trying to steal Calgary's highly successful "building around winger(s)" model so you might as well try the "hope to make the playoffs despite losing more games than winning" model. Hell, you're already the masters of the "losing" part, you don't even have to make a huge leap to do the rest of it.
Minnesota is finally getting healthy-ish, which means they'll absolutely start winning a bunch of their games because injuries are the only reason their season was derailed and not at all because it's a roster assembled with mostly shitty hockey players who belong in Houston making annual minor league championship runs (seriously, just send them all down where they belong so my Aeros can win the Calder Cup). So we have the Wild fanbase's inevitable "WE TOLD YOU SO" after they win 7 of their last 8 games to look forward to. I'm excited.
Vancouver suddenly sucks but because they play in a division of hilariously inept teams their recent struggles have largely been ignored because everyone is too busy worrying about their own playoff races to bother hating the Canucks right now. Don't worry, Vancouver. You can have your "WOE IS US Y DO U ALL HATE US BAAAAW" membership card back in about 3 weeks when, rest assured, we will all be hating you again :)
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
- Lee Stempniak is out with a high ankle sprain.
- Blair Jones is on IR with a fractured ankle.
- Mikael Backlund is on IR with an upper body injury.
- Chris Butler is on IR with a leg injury.
- T.J. Brodie is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
- Michael Cammalleri is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
- Lance Bouma is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
- Cory Sarich is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Last Week: 2-0-2
News: Despite a lost season, there's plenty of silver linings to be found for the Wild.
The Wild front office apparently expected a 40 goal season from Dany Heatley. This is why the Wild are terrible.
Matt Cullen is really frustrated. Video linx.
- Guillaume Latendresse has been diagnosed with concussion symptoms and is on Injured Reserve.
- Pierre-Marc Bouchard has concussion symptoms and is on Injured Reserve.
- Mike Lundin has been shut down for the season after having surgery on a sports hernia.