The good news is Vancouver’s chances of making the playoffs more than doubled Wednesday night.
The bad news is their chances went from 1.9 percent to 4.4 percent.
But look at this: the Canucks are now on a three-game winning streak and have won five of their past seven.
Though five of those games were on the road, it was a relatively soft part of the schedule, especially this late in the season. They were away against four teams from the old Southeast Division, home against Nashville and Buffalo, and were back on the road against Minnesota Wednesday night. One of the two losses over that stretch was in the second half of back-to-back game nights.
So, finally, there’s been a reprieve from the awfulness that has dragged the Canucks all season. It’s not likely to be permanent though.
Vancouver does play six of its final eight games at home, but that’s about all the positivity you’ll feel looking at the schedule. Vancouver plays Anaheim and Colorado twice, plus Los Angeles and the Rangers. If they get through that still intact, they’ll finish against Calgary and Edmonton. But today, they sit behind two teams for the last playoff spot and both have more games left on their schedules.
To answer the question in the headline: no. The Vancouver Canucks do not have a chance at the playoffs. That went south with Roberto Luongo weeks ago.