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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Skinny on the Playoff Race -- Flyers close within 2 but let point get away as Isles magic number falls to 17

The Isles' magic number moved for the first time in a week, thanks to Detroit's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay.  The Isles also got help from Columbus, as Cam Atkinson's tying goal at 19:52, the Jackets second in the final 1:04 of the third led to a Jackets shootout win over the Flyers.

 (Through games of March 22)
Metropolitan Division Standings (Top 5)
xy Washington 52-15-5=109 points / 72 games (48 ROW) Beat Ottawa 4-2
NY Rangers   41-24-8=90 points / 73 games (38 ROW) Idle
Pittsburgh      40-24-8=88 points / 72 games (37 ROW)  Idle
ISLES            38-24-9=85 points / 71 games (34 ROW) Idle
Philadelphia  35-24-13=83 points/ 72 games (33 ROW) Lost to Columb.3-2(SO) 

Atlantic Team in Wild Card Race
Detroit           36-26-11=83 points/ 73 games (34 ROW) Lost to Tampa Bay 6-2
x Clinched Playoff Spot
y Clinched Division Title and Conference Title

Upcoming Schedule:
·           Washington: 3/25 @ New Jersey, 3/26 vs St. Louis, 3/28 vs. Columbus, 3/30 @ Philadelphia
·           ISLES: 3/23 vs. Ottawa, 3/25 @ Tampa Bay, 3/26 @ Carolina, 3/29 vs. Carolina, 3/31 vs. Columbus
·           NY Rangers:  3/23 vs. Boston, 3/26 @ Montreal, 3/27 vs. Pittsburgh, 3/31 @ Carolina     
·           Pittsburgh:  3/24 vs. New Jersey, 3/26 @ Detroit, 3/27 @ NY Rangers, 3/29 vs. Buffalo, 3/31 vs. Nashville
·           Philadelphia:  3/24 @ Colorado, 3/26 @ Arizona, 3/28 vs. Winnipeg, 3/30 vs. Washington
·           Detroit: 3/24 vs Montreal, 3/26 vs. Pittsburgh, 3/28 vs. Buffalo, 3/29 @ Montreal

Magic Number
The Isles’ magic number is clinch a playoff berth falls to 17 over Detroit and 19 over Philadelphia, while remaining 24 over Pittsburgh and the Rangers.  Any combination of Islander points gained and Red Wings points lost totaling 17 will guarantee that the Isles finish ahead of Detroit.

The Isles need to finish ahead of eight teams to clinch a playoff berth.  Assuming the Isles finish ahead of teams currently in 10th to 16th place, the Isles also need to finish ahead of Philadelphia, Detroit, the Rangers OR Pittsburgh in order to clinch a playoff berth.

Magic numbers vs. other teams to clinch playoff berth:
New Jersey (11),Carolina (10),  Ottawa (8), Montreal (6),  Buffalo (2), Columbus (1*).
Isles have clinched a better record than Toronto.
* Isles have clinched ROW tie-breaker over Columbus 
(Top 3 in each division, plus next two teams make the playoffs)

Wednesday’s Games
Ottawa at ISLES
Boston at NY Rangers

The Isles Magic Number to clinch a playoff spot could fall to:
·       15 (with an Islander win)
·       16 (with an Islander overtime/shootout loss)
after play on Wednesday.

Thursday's Games
Montreal at Detroit
Philadelphia at Colorado
Friday's Games
ISLES at Tampa Bay
Washington at New Jersey  
Saturday's Games
ISLES at Carolina
St. Louis at Washington
NY Rangers at Montreal
Pittsburgh at Detroit
Philadelphia at Arizona

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