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U.S. Thanksgiving. Some 80 percent of teams in a playoff spot that day stay in a playoff spot. 13 teams stay. Three go. Give or take.
So which three?
The East looks solid already. Florida, Toronto and Tampa in the Atlantic with Carolina, Washington and the NY Rangers in the Metropolitan. The wild card spots belong to Columbus and Pittsburgh.
The West is a bit more variable. Minnesota, St. Louis and Winnipeg in the Central. Calgary, Edmonton and Anaheim in the Pacific. Wild card teams would be Vegas and Colorado.
No Nashville. No Dallas or Chicago.
No Boston or New Jersey. And no NY Islanders, a preseason Cup fave.
The Isles are doomed. That's a hole too deep to climb out of, even if they play .700 hockey going forward.
I think Columbus, Winnipeg and the Rangers will fall out. I hear you, but I'm not sure Igor Shesterkin can keep this up. Ditto Chris Kreider. Blake Wheeler has to be hurt. And I like Oliver Bjorkstrand, but I don't think he's a point-per-game player.
Boston, New Jersey and Nashville will climb in. Juuse Saros is one of the best in the league. Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak are, well, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.
Is your team on the outside looking in? Which teams do you think are in or out? I'd love