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The Detroit Red Wings’ win over the Tampa Bay Lightning increased their playoff chances by 11.2 percent, up to 80.9 percent. And in the process, Mike Babcock passed Scotty Bowman in career wins as Red Wings coach.
“Scotty is the greatest coach of all time in our business. Scotty should be in a class by himself. It’s not like I want to pass Scotty Bowman,” said Babcock, weirdly.
According to CSN’s Chuck Gormley, the Caps will need to go 5-1-1 to reach that magic 92-point mark for a playoff spot. Also: “Alex Ovechkin was on the ice for two more even-strength goals, dropping him to an NHL-worst minus-34. He has not scored an even-strength goal in 15 games, the longest stretch of his career.”
All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their "Tragic Number" hits 0.
Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:
Place/ Pts./ROW (Games Remaining)
% Chance 1st Wild Card
% Chance of 2nd Wild Card B
Detroit Red Wings
WILD CARD 1/84/30 (3H/4A)
Columbus Blue Jackets
WILD CARD 2/82/33 (4H/4A)
New Jersey Devils
The Rangers’ win and the Flyers’ shootout loss leaves New York (88) two points ahead of Philly (86), although the Flyers have two games in-hand.
The Lightning’s loss keeps them two points (93-91) in back of the Canadiens for home ice in the first round, although they still have a game in-hand.
Meanwhile in the Western Conference:
Place/Record/Pts. (Games Remaining)
% Chance Wild Card A
% Chance of Wild Card B
WILD CARD 1/87/31 (4H/3A)
WILD CARD 2/84/30 (4H/3A)
No movement on the bubble on Sunday, but the Wild are at the LA Kings on Monday in a key game.
The Ducks (104 points) host the Jets with a chance to increase their division lead over San Jose (103) and close to within a point of idle St. Louis for the conference lead.