With three games left and a three way competition still underway for the President's Trophy, you have to like the Canucks chances of repeating as regular season champs.
Over the past 10 games the 'Nucks are the hottest of these three teams, going 7-2-1 vs. the Rangers at 6-4-0 and the Blues at 4-3-3. The Canucks have also won 6 in a row while the other two have both posted a loss in their last game.
The competition lined up against our boys is hardly intimidating in the coming week, with Anaheim, Edmonton and Calgary in the dockets. All have been officially eliminated from playoff contention (though they could play spoiler easily enough). The Rangers have two road games against playoff bound Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, teams destined to meet each other in the first round and desperate to gain home ice advantage, and close out the schedule with a home game against Washington, a team likely to be hanging by the skin of their teeth on the last day. The Blues face Detroit, Phoenix and Dallas, with the final two back to back, and close out on the road. The first two are playoff teams and Dallas, like the Capitals, will probably be fighting for their playoff lives on the last day.
The Rangers will finish the season with one final home game and two on the road. Vancouver and the Blues play two of their last three on home ice.
Which is a nice segue into acknowledging what it all means: home ice advantage in the playoffs.
No eggs hatched yet, but the hens look pretty comfortable from here.