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Caps’ playoff chances up to 50/50

Apr 3, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

Instead of just sitting around waiting for the first trade to happen, let’s take a look at the odds to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference (click here for the West), per Sports Club Stats:

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As you can see, the surging Washington Capitals have risen all the way to around 50/50. Their best shot of making the playoffs is by catching slumping Winnipeg and winning the Southeast Division. But the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders are also in reach. (FYI, the “G” column is games in hand on the team that’s played the most games, which in this case is Winnipeg, with 38.)

I’ll add another team that could conceivably drop back into bubble territory, and that’s Ottawa. The Senators kicked off a seven-game road trip last night in Boston with a 3-2 loss. Ottawa is just 6-8-3 away from home this season, so this trip will be a serious test. If they can keep getting the best goaltending in the NHL (by a wide margin), they should be fine. If not, it could be close.

  1. rsl22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I forget exactly where it was, but I think they were around 9% two weeks ago. Nice little run.

    Hope lines two, three, and four can do something/anything over the next 12 games, because they have been invisible for the past ten games.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Man I wish the Flyers played in a division like the Southeast, they’d have an unbelievably better chance of making the playoffs. Any of those teams having the #3 seed is somewhat of a travesty. Makes me kind of glad there will re-alignment next season.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Yeah, count me in on being happy there will be no more weak third seed as it always promotes a weak team to the second round.

      • rsl22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        Well, the Caps were a 1 seed twice, and a 2 seed once, over the last 4 playoffs.

        The Southeast may suck, but the 3 seed was not going to the Southeast winner for the most part.

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