Sorry about the lack of updates. With the holidays and school starting, I think I (and others) may have been content with just updating their various Twitter pages.
Speaking of the Tweety-Box:
As mentioned on @Ed_Kodiaks twitter: “Ala, StL, Edm, Sas, Sea, Hou, Que, Cal, Wsh, Ham, Van all battling for 8 Playoff positions... Been a great first #IceHL season”
Let’s take a closer look at that playoff picture with only 2 weeks left.
1 x- Alaska 14-3
2 y- St. Louis 13-4
3 Houston 11-6
4 Hamilton 9-8
5 x- Edmonton 13-4
6 Saskatoon 12-5
7 Seattle 11-6
8 California 10-7
9 Quebec 10-7
10 Washington 10-7
11 Vancouver 9-8
Only Alaska, St. Louis, and Edmonton have clinched a playoff spot. I believe Quebec has the tie-breaker over Saskatoon, so the Sharpshooters have not clinched quite yet. Only St. Louis has clinched their division due to their tie-breaker vs. Seattle.
I think it’s pretty safe to assume Saskatoon makes it in. I would think only one of Vancouver or Hamilton will make it based off of winning the Smith Division.
That leaves 5 teams (Houston, Seattle, California, Quebec & Washington) squaring off for 3 spots.
From the looks of it, the Wave’s destiny is in their own hands, and with a 4-game winning streak & a tie-breaker vs. Houston, there’s a good chance we can make the playoffs. Especially if Michael Grabner stays hot.
What do you think is going to happen in the IceHL playoff picture?