Ask around and you'll hear the conventional wisdom that it'll take 93 points to ensure a playoff berth in the Western Conference. Detroit and Dallas should have their spots wrapped up in a week or so. Anaheim -- anyone notice they're 11-1 over the last month? -- and San Jose aren't far behind. Calgary and Minnesota, tied atop the Northwest Division thanks to the Flames' 1-0 win over Columbus on Tuesday night, look like safe bets to advance.
That means six of the eight available berths appear to be accounted for. While only Los Angeles is truly out of contention, it says here that the race for the final two spots will come down to three teams. (
Those absence would certainly make for grim prospects were it not for some fine work at the deadline, and just before it, by GM
It also helps that the first line has hit its highest level of the season.
While the defense finally is at full strength, it doesn't look healthy.