What percentage chance would you give the Oilers of making the playoffs?
Well, as it sits right now, they are five points back of San Jose for the final playoff spot which doesn’t seem impossible. But look at little deeper at it and you’ll see that they need to jump over five other teams to get to the Sharks and they’ve played the same or more games than every single one of those teams.
Now it’s early, but the season creeps up on you and if they don’t start making up ground in a hurry then they can kiss another playoff appearance goodbye.
These next three games against Boston, Buffalo, and Arizona are huge. Those are three teams you should beat if you’re a playoff caliber club. For right now, I’d say they have a 15% chance of making the playoffs, but if they win these next three games, I would up that to 35%, which might be a little generous. The bottom line: they need a damn winning streak.
Who has a better chance of making the playoffs: Vegas or Vancouver?
Vegas currently sits atop the surprisingly awful Pacific Division with just 27 points while Vancouver is holding onto a wild card spot with 22 points.
Both teams are very well coached and are very committed to playing strong defensive games and just suffocating the opposition to some extent.
Vancouver might have more skill, but their goaltending concerns me and I’m not sure how long this young core can continue to produce the way they have. Vegas, on the other hand, has managed to continue to stockpile points with no NHL caliber goaltender. When Fleury or Subban come back, it might be enough to keep them competitive. For that reason alone, I’ll give Vegas a better chance to make the playoffs but I don’t think we’ll see either make it in all likelihood.
Would you be in favor of going to ten minutes of 3-on-3 overtime to kill the shootout?
Absolutely! Tell me one positive about the shootout that 3-on-3 OT does not bring? It showcasing individual skill but doesn’t completely take out the team aspect and it’s way more exciting. I would take it a step further and say just eliminate the clock. Go 3-on-3 until someone scores!
I still have a bit of a soft spot for the shootout and it’s better than settling for a tie, but it doesn’t give fans nearly the same thrill as 3-on-3.