Alright, I am just going to focus on the schedule for the Northwest Division teams in regards to how many games they have left, how many games they play on the road and at home, how many times they play teams that are currently 9th or worse in the East and 11th or worse in the West. I'd say 10th or worse in the West, but the Wild are only 3 points away from 8th, where the Hurricanes are 7 points out of 8th in the East.I know, it's skewed logic.
Take this with a grain of salt, or for viewing pleasure. Not too much can be read into it, but there are some eye-opening factors here.
72 points, 20-7-4 record at home, 13-11-2 record on the road, 4-4-2 in their last 10
15 games on the road, including 7 straight road games between March 3-14.
10 games at home.
8 games versus teams that are not in a playoff spot as mentioned above.
Play back to back games 5 times.
64 points, 14-11-4 record at home, 14-10-4 record on the road, 6-2-2 in their last 10 games
13 games on the road, including 6 straight road games between March 21-31
12 home games left.
13 games against teams currently not in the playoffs as mentioned above.
Play back to back games 1 more time.
62 points, 13-11-3 record at home, 16-13-1 record on the road, 5-4-1 in their last 10
11 road games left.
14 games at home, including 6 in a row between March 29-April 10
10 games against current non-playoff teams as mentioned above.
Play back to back games 3 more times.
59 points, 17-11-3 record at home, 11-13-0 record on the road, 5-5-0 in their last 10.
17 road games left, including 14 of 17 games between February 27-March 29. Whoa.
10 home games left, including 4 of 6 between March 31-April 11
Play 6 games against current non-playoff teams as mentioned above. Holy hell. That's it?
Play back to back games 6 more times.
55 points, 17-14-0 record at home, 10-16-1 road record, 4-6-0 in their last 10
14 road games left, including 6 in a row from February 20-March 2
10 home games left, including 7 of 11 games between March 19-April 12
6 games against non-playoff teams as mentioned above.
1 back to back games scenario left.
Going by the above information, the Canucks have the most games left against non-playoff teams. That's a good thing if we learn to bury these types of teams.
The Wild and Avalanche are in tough to make the playoffs. The Canucks are going to have to produce an enormous winning streak to catch the Flames. The Flames' 5 back to back games scenario (compared to the Canucks' 1) may play some kind of factor.
Like I said, I'm just giving you a visual. Anything can happen in the wild West.