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Saturday, March 04, 2017

The Skinny on the Playoff Chase (through March 4th) Magic Number: 36

With 36 days left in the regular season, it's time for the first edition of "The Skinny on the Playoff Chase"



Metropolitan
GP
PTS
1.   Washington
64
95

2.   Columbus
63
86

3.   Pittsburgh
63
86




Atlantic
GP
PTS


1.      MontrĂ©al
66
82


2.      Ottawa
63
76


3.      Boston
65
74









Wild Card
GP
PTS


1.      NY Rangers
65
84


2.      ISLANDERS
63
71


3.      Toronto
64
70


4.      Florida
64
69


5.      Philadelphia
64
68


6.      Tampa Bay
64
68


7.      Buffalo
65
66






The Isles Magic Number to clinch a playoff berth is 36 (over Toronto).  As a refresher, the magic number is the points gained by Isles/lost by opponent that guarantee the Isles will finish ahead of the team in question.  Toronto can finish with 106 points, meaning the Isles need 36 more points to lock them out.

Sunday's games (top 13 only):
Isles @ Calgary 4pm
Buffalo @ Pittsburgh 5pm
Columbus @ New Jersey 5pm

The Isles magic number is dependent only on their result.  It will be 34 if the Isles win, 35 if they lose in extra time and 36 if they lose in regulation.

Monday's games:
Rangers @ Tampa Bay 7:30
Dallas @ Washington 7:30
Boston @ Ottawa 7:30

The Isles magic number will not change on Monday.

Tuesday's games:
Isles @ Edmonton 9:00
Rangers @ Florida 7:30
Philadelphia @ Buffalo 7:30
New Jersey @ Columbus 7:00
Detroit @ Toronto 7:30
Montreal @ Vancouver 10:00

Wednesday's games:
Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg 8pm
Ottawa @ Dallas 8pm
Detroit @ Boston 8pm

Thursday's games:
Isles @ Vancouver 10pm
Rangers @ Carolina 7pm
Philadelphia @ Toronto 7:30
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 7:30
Montreal @ Calgary 9pm
Washington @San Jose 10:30

Friday's games:
Minnesota @ Florida 7:30
Buffalo @ Columbus 7:00
Pittsburgh @ Edmonton 9:00

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