I have two half-written articles with a bit more depth to them, but not enough time or energy to finish either after a long day and a Hurricanes game day.
Top of everyone’s mind right now anyway if the team’s playoff quest.
Today’s Daily Cup of Joe breaks down the situation after Tuesday’s results.
With the Canes win and the Blue Jackets loss, the Hurricanes are now up a point on both Montreal and Columbus with each team having two remaining games.
What it takes to make the playoffs
The Hurricanes need to finish above only one of Columbus or Montreal to make the playoffs.
What it takes to clinch a spot
To finish above the Canadiens the Hurricanes magic number is three points as long as the Hurricanes do not give up regulation or overtime win in the final two games. So two Hurricanes wins of any kind beat Montreal, or a Hurricanes regulation or overtime win (not a shootout win) paired with a Montreal overtime or shootout loss would be enough to get the Hurricanes a tie and win the tiebreaker. So with the Canadiens playing the Capitals on Thursday, clinching a playoff spot is definitely a possibility.
Remaining schedule: At Washington on Thursday; Vs. Toronto on Saturday.
The situation with Columbus is a bit different because Columbus owns the tiebreaker. As such the Hurricanes must match Columbus in the final two games to beat them out. Columbus has a favorable schedule, but anything can happen in a single game.
Remaining schedule: At Rangers on Friday; At Ottawa on Saturday.
Still chasing the Penguins
The Hurricanes chances of catching the Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division seemed to die a harsh death in Sunday’s loss. But the Penguins surprisingly lost to Detroit on Tuesday and dropped back into range. The Hurricanes are two points behind the Penguins with the tiebreaker in hand. As such, The Hurricanes just need to win one more than the Penguins (i.e. 2-0 versus 1-1) to leap frog them and steal the #3 playoff slot for the division. The Pens schedule is favorable, but Tuesday proves that that comes without guarantees.
Remaining schedule: Vs. Detroit on Thursday; At Rangers on Saturday.
What say you Canes fans?
1) Who thinks the Hurricanes get a storybook ending with a win against New Jersey followed by an announcement on the video board that Montreal has lost clinching a playoff berth for the Hurricanes?
2) If the Hurricanes need to win both of the last two to get in, do you think they can/will do it?
3) What is your prediction for where the Hurricanes ultimately finish in the standings?