Interesting note: of our remaining 17 games, only five are against Central Division teams (Colorado three times, Preds once, Jets once). The rest are against Pacific or Eastern Conference teams. Seems a weird way to wrap up the regular season. No Chicago or Minnesota at all.
Add in Arizona 3 times and Carolina one. 7 of 17 games against the league's bottom 3.
Yeah. They aren't going to have any trouble reaching the playoffs and reach it with the team feeling confident, because they are going to beat up on the bottom of the league.
The issue is will they improve in even strength scoring (doubtful) and will Yeo ever pull his head out of his butt and quit playing Lehtera at all, as he deserves. My fear is Yeo is going to use the "we won with this lineup" against two teams while ignoring that he pulled Lehtera for faceoff duty and were it not for an icing, Lehtera is being played less than Brodziak, Reaves, and Upshall. Why keep playing someone you know is not contributing to the point you, as a coach, are limiting what he is allowed to do on the ice??