99 points to make the playoffs.
17 games remaining.
33 points needed
Record to make the playoffs based on current paces:
Want to lay a friendly wager that it doesnt take 99 pts to get into the playoffs?
For Calgary to get to 99 pts they will have to win all their games against non playoff, playoff teams with 10 or more pts than them (Nash, Det, Van,Anaheim) and non conference teams and take 4 pts from the playoff contenders with similar pts in the standings (Sharks, Wild x3, Stars). They have 9 of 17 games against in conference playoff teams left and 79 pts. * they play the Blues twice
For Minnesota to make it to 99 pts they will have to win all but one of their games against non conference and non playoff teams. They have 5 of 17 games against in conference Playoff teams (sharks, Flames x3, vancouver) and 79 pts.* they play the Blues twice
The Sharks & Stars have 5 & 6 games respectively against inconference Playoff bound teams. And only the Stars play the blues again this year. I personally think that the Stars have the easiest road to 99 pts, but I dont think that 99 will be the minimum to make it into the playoffs.
Someone posted this over at the Stltoday board that only 5 teams have gained ground on the blues since AM took over Vancouver +4pts, Detroit +5pts, Nashville +6pts, Ottawa +2pts, New Jersey +3pts (they are 21-10-6 since Dec. 11).
2pts separate 5 to 8th spot in the standings, everyone of those teams will not make 99 pts.
I already have my money staked on this year's NHL season.
And I was never suggesting that all teams would have 99 points in the WC playoffs.
I was simply saying that based on current averages and tiebreakers, the Blues would need 99 points to make the playoffs.
As of this morning, Minnesota is on pace to finish with 97 points for the 8th spot in the WC. They have 8 more wins than the Blues, meaning they have the #1 tiebreaker, so the Blues would need to finish with 98 points to get in. With 16 games remaining, they could theoretically get to 98 points.
If they finished 15-0-1, they'd have 97 points and a record of 43-28-11. For the Blues to take the tiebreaker against a Minnesota team with 97 points, Minnesota would have to have to go 6-3-6 in their last 15 games to finish 42-27-13.
So realistically, the Blues are so far behind in the tiebreaker for the 8th spot, they would need one more point than the current 8th average to get in....
As of today, and based on averages, they would need 98 points to get into the playoffs. 16-0-0, here we come!