The 5 -0 thrashing of Calgary tonight not only gets the Flames muttering to themselves -- it helps us along the merry path to the playoffs. Here is the updated spreadsheet, reflecting each team's progress through Thursday night's games.
As is evident, Nashville and St. Louis helped themselves with nice wins tonight. They are far from shoo-ins, but are making legitimate runs, along with Anaheim. Dallas is done, stick a fork in them after their OT loss to the Kings tonight. Edmonton is reeling after their 3rd straight loss, but does have an extended home stand to look foward to. In contrast, St. Louis has only 2 home games left -- both against the Jackets. They are playing great hockey, but closing with 6 of 8 on the road is brutal in such a close race.
Here are the new Magic Numbers for each team. Again, as a reminder, this number represents the number of Bluejackets wins and/or pursuing team losses that will ensure that team cannot pass the CBJ in the standings. An OTL by either the CBJ or the pursuing team reduces the Magic Number by 0.5.
Los Angeles 2
St. Louis 5.5
Once 5 of these teams have a Magic Number of 0, the CBJ have clinched! Saturday night presents a big opportunity against the Blues. Look for my Tweets and miscellaneous ramblings over the next few days.