Some teams start the season off slow and pick up steam after the All-Star break.
Then there are those who play lights out from day one, then are nowhere to be found when it really starts to count. It’s all a matter of timing.
One thing you don’t want to do is peak too soon. Take the Wild for example, at the beginning of March they were on fire, but in the last couple of weeks they’ve been slumping and can’t seen to find their way back. Sure, they secured a playoff berth; but how far will they go into the postseason, if they can’t regain that early momentum. Calgary on the other hand is hot and I think they are our best chance of having a Canadian team go deep into the playoffs.
The Western Conference playoff teams have more-or-less been decided, although their positioning in the standings is still up in the air. In the East’s Atlantic Division, the race is much tighter and much more exciting. The Leafs are currently holding down third place in the Atlantic division, but they only lead the Bruins by one point. The Bruins are currently in the number 2 wildcard spot but they’re only ahead of the surging lightning by one point and ahead of the Islanders by two. Even the Hurricanes and the Panthers are still in the race. This one will go right down to the wire. I would hold off on those playoff predictions.