Thursday, April 03, 2008

Playing spoiler

Ten games tonight, a lot of them big.

Here are a few with playoff implications where one team that's out of it can be a big-time spoiler:

Tampa Bay @ Washington / a loss likely ends the Caps' run
Ottawa @ Toronto / Leafs have owned Ottawa lately
St. Louis @ Nashville / Chicago's watching this one
Edmonton @ Vancouver / The Canucks are free falling

The one thing the end-of-season divisional schedule has done is make it so these teams have some recent history.

Tampa lost last night to the team Washington's chasing, and the Lightning don't want to lose every game to end the year. No explanation needed on the Toronto-Ottawa rivalry. St. Louis let a big lead slip away against Nashville a few nights ago and will be hoping to bounce back. And Edmonton has been giving the Northwest Division fits as one of the league's best teams down the stretch.

Should be interesting.


At 7:03 p.m., April 03, 2008, Anonymous Jealous Broadcaster said...

No mention of the Wild/Flames match-up tonight?

Calgary seems to sum up the NW division this season... with 2 games left they can still miss the playoffs or win the division and get home ice for the playoffs.

Keenan is looking more and more like 'brain' from the'Pinky & the Brain' cartoon.

At 7:26 p.m., April 03, 2008, Anonymous Marl said...

Jealous Broadcaster: I think the reason of no mention is that neither Wild nor Flames are "Playing spoiler" here as the post title states and as the four teams in bold are. They're still playing for themselves.

At 11:04 p.m., April 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey James,

Love the blog.

Would you have time to update this blog post:

Thanks a bunch!

At 11:09 p.m., April 03, 2008, Blogger J.R. said...

Fuck the 'Nucks!


At 1:20 a.m., April 04, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Three President's Trophies in a row, and four of the last five. One of the things that bothers me about American sports today (and I was expressing this as long ago as 1991) is that the ability to show up every night and win over a six month stretch just isn't valued highly enough.

At 1:57 a.m., April 04, 2008, Blogger Magicpie said...


At 4:56 a.m., April 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...the ability to show up every night and win over a six month stretch just isn't valued highly enough...

That quaint notion, however noble, went out the window when MLB cleaved into East and West divs in each league. And was buried out back with the dead pets when MLB went to the playoff format.

Curling, world championship hockey tournament, I'm sure there are more examples, abandoned sustained success in favor of winner-take-all playoff formats long ago.

Now, even NCAA football has diluted both its W-L records AND the bowls by introducing divisions with conference title games.

All, need I say, to feed the mighty god that is television.


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