Will the Canucks make the playoffs? Money on the table.

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If the NHL seaon ended right now the Vancouver Canucks would not be in the Stanley Cup playoffs [nhl]. For a team that started the season being considered one of the favorites for the Cup that’s shameful.

The team is right on the line now, tied with the San Jose Sharks who would make the playoffs today. The Sharks have two games in hand on the Canucks, so they’re in control of their own fate.

Vancouver meanwhile has to stop losing and hope that the other teams don’t. The Oilers are only two spots above them, but I don’t see them dropping points.

Which I suppose is my way of saying that I don’t think the Canucks will be in the playoffs. What do you think?

6 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    The Oilers dropped points to the Canucks in two of their three games. That’s a start.

    One reason their division is so close is that all of these teams are pretty good, and so playing each other has the effect of mutually depressing their records. What are their out-of-division records like? Vancouver is a .500 team in-division; if they get into the playoffs, they should do a bit better than that.


  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    You’re forgetting that they still have to win against local teams. They’ll end up playing Detroit or someone similiar in the first round.


  3. keith lim (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 12:22 am

    It’s 2006, 12 years since the Canucks last went to the Stanley Cup finals, so they’re due to go back again this year, so of course they’ll make the playoffs.

    Naah, who believes that? They’re going to choke and not make the playoffs. You all know it’s going to happen.


  4. Rod Templeton (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 7:56 am

    After last night’s win they’ve jumped back into 7th place in the conference, so right now they would get Dallas in the first round.
    Don’t forget the two other years that they made the finals, they didn’t have records close to what they have now. 1981-82 (30-33-17 for 77 pts). 2nd in the division to Edmonton’s 111 and 4th in the conference. 1993-94 (41-40-3 for 85 pts.) 2nd in the division, 6th in the western conference.
    If they can keep playing the way they have over the last week, good things are going to happen.


  5. keith lim (unregistered) on March 29th, 2006 @ 1:21 am

    Those numbers mean nothing now; they’re just historical trivia, after all.

    The Canucks have 9 games left. So the question is, do you think they can win, say, 5 of those 9?

    (My reaction: Hah!)

    Winning 4 games sounds about right to me, which won’t be enough. Even if they do win 5 games, that’ll bring the end of season points to 94, which I don’t think will be enough. I think the 8th place team will have 95 or more points. So Canucks, 94 points or fewer, out of the playoffs. Or, to put it another way, “Go(lf), Canucks, Go(lf)!”

    That’s my prediction, anyway (which is worth very little, since I don’t follow any sports at all).


  6. Matt "canucklehead" Naslund (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 9:44 am

    Well its a bit later in the season now, canucks have 4 games left and are 2 points behind san jose and edmonton, which are both tied for 8th and 7th, with 91 points, and vancouver has 89.

    this is a problem for vancouver, as we have nothing but a tough four games left, facing anaheim tonight, who slaughtered us 6-2 last time we faced them. Then we face San Jose twice in two days, and finishing up against colorado.

    But then again, edmonton and colorado lost last night, but SJ won, giving them two points to tie with edmonton.

    The only real hope the canucks have, is if edmonton loses 2 of their 3 games,possibly all three, and vancouver needs to win 3 or possibly all four.

    this is going to be tough, but stranger things have happend.



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