Monday, November 16, 2009
Western Conference playoff race, 15 November edition
I guess it was bound to happen: The Colorado Avalanche relinquished their top seed in the Western Conference. The San Jose Sharks now sit in the #1 slot at 32 points after an impressive 6-point week. As Jackets fans know, the Sharks are one tough group of hombres (tougher because they have two ex-Jackets?), and their ascension to the top shouldn't be a surprise. Sky's the limit for that team.
The playoff qualifying bar rose only 2 points this week to 22, and the Jackets sit at #7 - presumably due to tiebreakers. Dallas and Vancouver, both at 22, are outside looking in right now. 22 points is an awful crowded place right now with Phoenix in at #8. The Jackets need to make a move to break out of the logjam.
BIG RISER OF THE WEEK: Chicago with 8 new points. That, my friends, is a devastating week - especially when you consider that three of the wins were against the Kings, Avs and Sharks (the other was the slowly improving Maple Leafs). I believe that captain Jonathan Toews returned this past week...perhaps that's the reason for the tear that they're on. Runners up: Detroit and San Jose with 6 each. We know how good the Wings are looking (ugh), and I've already lavished enough praise on the Sharks.
BIG LOSER OF THE WEEK: Tie between Anaheim and Colorado with 1 new point each. Colorado had 3 games this week and mustered their point in an overtime loss to Chicago, whereas Anaheim got their point when they made it to overtime (and the shootout) against the Jackets.