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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Skinny on the Playoff Race: Magic Number Still 26

(Through games of March 10)

Metropolitan Division Standings (Top 5)
·       Washington  49-13-5=103 points / 67 games (45 ROW) Idle
·       NY Rangers  39-22-6=84 points / 67 games (36 ROW) Idle
·       ISLES           37-20-78=82 points / 65 games (33 ROW) Idle
·       Pittsburgh     34-24-8=76 points / 66 games (32 ROW) Idle
     Philadelphia  31-23-11=73 points/ 65 games (29 games ) Idle

Upcoming Schedule:
  • Washington: 3/12 @ San Jose, 3/15 Carolina, 3/18 Nashville, 3/20 @ Pittsburgh, 3/22 @ Ottawa, 3/25 @ New Jersey
  • NY Rangers:   3/12 @ Detroit, 3/13 Pittsburgh, 3/16 @ Anaheim, 3/17 @ Los Angeles, 3/19 @ San Jose, 3/21 Florida, 3/23 Boston      
  • ISLES: 3/12 @ Boston, 3/14 Florida, 3/15 @ Pittsburgh, 3/17 @ Nashville, 3/19 @ Dallas, 3/21 Philadelphia, 3/23 Ottawa
  • Pittsburgh: 3/11 @ Columbus, 3/13 @ NY Rangers, 3/15 ISLES, 3/17 Carolina, 3/19 @ Philadelphia, 3/20 Washington, 3/24 New Jersey
  • Philadelphia: 3/11 @Tampa, 3/12 @Florida, 3/15 Detroit, 3/16 @Chicago, 3/19 Pittsburgh, 3/21 @ ISLES, 3/22 @ Columbus, 3/24 @ Colorado
Magic Number

The Isles’ magic number is clinch a playoff berth is 26 (currently over Philadelphia).  Any combination of Islander points gained and Flyer points lost will guarantee that the Isles finish ahead of Philadelphia.  Magic numbers vs. other teams to clinch playoff berth: Carolina (20), New Jersey (18, pending outcome in San Jose),  Montreal (17), Ottawa (15), Columbus (13), Buffalo (8), Toronto (5*).   
(Top 3 in each division, plus next two teams make the playoffs)
*Isles have clinched ROW tie-breaker

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