The (L)Eastern Conference race
6. Tampa Bay - 2-5-0 in their last seven gamesWho is going to get into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference?
7. Carolina - 4-4-1 in their last nine games
8. Rangers - 4-1-2 in their last seven games
9. Islanders - 2-4-2 in their last eight games
10. Toronto - 7-7-4 in their last 18 games
11. Montreal - 8-13-1 in their last 22 games
12. Boston - 4-6-1 in their last 11 games
13. Florida - 3-3-0 in their last six games
Whoever can play average hockey, apparently. Of the eight teams still in the running for the final three playoff spots in the conference, a designation that generously includes the Bruins and Panthers, only the New York Rangers have shown any life lately.
Over those streaks listed above, those teams' goaltending has been downright atrocious. The Lightning have been outscored 27-14 in the last seven games. The Islanders' Mike Dunham has allowed 16 goals in three games since Rick DiPietro's injury. Toronto's Andrew Raycroft has allowed five goals or more four times in his last nine starts. Montreal's tandem, meanwhile, have had 35 goals sneak by them over the last eight games.
Goaltending since the trade deadline:
6. Tampa Bay - nine games, 3.67 GAA, .870 sv%Who's going to make the playoffs in the East? At this rate it won't matter, because with netminding like this, no one has a chance to get out of the first round.
7. Carolina - nine games, 2.11 GAA, .918 sv%
8. Rangers - 10 games, 1.70 GAA, .939 sv%
9. Islanders - nine games, 3.78 GAA, .898 sv%
10. Toronto - nine games, 3.33 GAA, .881 sv%
11. Montreal - eight games, 4.38 GAA, .858 sv%
12. Boston - nine games, 3.00 GAA, .915 sv%
13. Florida - nine games, 3.11 GAA, .899 sv%
(Of note, however, is how good the Hurricanes' numbers have been, even with John Grahame in goal. Now they just need some wins, which shouldn't be a problem given their relatively soft schedule.)