Down to the wire …

Who’d’a thunk it? In the NHL, the Western Conference looked like it would be such a great race, but with two games remaining it’s pretty much over. Meanwhile, the East seemed to be settling itself down nicely but now with two games remaining it has what is pretty much an ideal race down to the wire.

With Buffalo’s amazing come from behind win last night, they are tied with Washington for the last playoff spot in the East. Washington holds the tiebreaker, so that means that Buffalo needs to get one more point than Washington over the next two games to make it into the playoffs. For Washington, if they simply get as many — or, obviously, more — points than Buffalo over the next two games they will make it into the playoffs. The only way this doesn’t go down to the wire is if Washington wins their next game and Buffalo loses theirs in regulation. And that’s why it’s ideal, I think: you have two teams essentially facing off against each other with an easy to calculate and understand set of consequences. Buffalo needs to get one more point than Washington over two games. That’s it. That makes it easy to calculate, understand, and then watch.

In the West, on the other hand, Colorado needs 3 points over two games and for San Jose to get none to make it in. Possible, but unlikely. And they’re the team with the best shot at it, as far as I can tell.

So, the East is going down to the wire and the West … not so much. No one would have predicted that even last week.

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