As the team comes home to Montreal after their sort-of good, two wins, two losses, California and Phoenix roadtrip, they only have a day and a half before they clash with the New Jersey Devils. So while they’re getting massages from their wives, helping with the kids’ homework, and resting those weary bones, it gives us a little time to ponder the future.
Have a look at the standings and see if we can kind of figure out just who might play who in the playoffs, which are coming up fast. First though, notice how many goals Montreal has scored? It’s fire wagon hockey! (Cont’d after stats)
|1||New Jersey Devils*||69||40||23||6||86||180||159||22-12-1||18-11-5||7-2-1|
|6||New York Rangers||69||36||24||9||81||183||169||22-13-1||14-11-8||8-0-2|
|12||New York Islanders||70||32||31||7||71||170||204||17-16-3||15-15-4||4-6-0|
|13||Toronto Maple Leafs||70||30||30||10||70||196||216||16-14-5||14-16-5||6-3-1|
|15||Tampa Bay Lightning|
Anyway, if New Jersey, for example, keeps playing stingy hockey and Martin Brodeur continues his great goaltending, they stand a good chance to finish first. If Montreal finishes second, they’d play Boston.
However, Boston’s been faltering lately and Philadelphia could overtake them. Pittsburgh’s coming on strong. The Rangers are heating up. Montreal, of course, is in the thick of it, could very possibly end up in first, and I’m mighty proud. Ottawa could get back on track at any time.
So what this means is, I know absolutely nothing about who’s going to play who. Even Buffalo, now out of the race, could find themselves back in it if Philly slumps and the Sabres put together a decent winning streak.
So as much as I wanted it to look like I knew how this was going to play out, I don’t know a thing. It’s too tricky, too unsure. You just never know. Toe Blake was right.
I’m going back to sleep.