The 2008-09 regular season is down to the last few days. Some teams are trying to secure a playoff spot, while others are trying to secure home-ice advantage. Every night, fans get to watch games that are critically important, intense and exciting.
On Tuesday, there were three: Vancouver, in its drive to finish third in the West, beat Minnesota 2-1 in overtime. Minnesota is part of a group of teams in the West still in the playoff hunt. Columbus beat Nashville 2-1. Both teams are competing for a berth. Anaheim beat Edmonton 5-3. Both of these clubs are in the hunt, as well.
In the East, it has come down to the New York Rangers (89 points with two home and three away games left), Montreal (88 with two and four) and Florida (87 with three and two).
In the West, there are five teams competing for two spots: Anaheim (84 with two and three), Nashville (84 with two and three), St. Louis (83 with one and four), Minnesota (81 with three and two) and Edmonton (81 with four and one).
Let’s look at how each team has performed over the past 10 games through Tuesday and their league ranking in a few critical aspects of team performance over that period. I’ll show where each team ranks in plus-minus, power play and short-handed efficiency, and team save percentage rank among the NHL’s 30 teams.
|Team||Record||+/-||PP||PK||Save % rank|