Happy Tax Day. Which is like saying Happy Colonoscopy Day.
Anyway, today there are just 13 days left in this hacked-off, Bettmaned 48-game, 99-day joke of a season. Which is a good time to take a look at the race for the final few playoff spots in the mediocre Eastern Conference.
Eight points separate sixth from 11th (and yes, I’m not counting out the Devils because they have two games left with the Rangers, but seriously, they have the most difficult remaining schedule of the six teams, and their record is actually 15-26 with the 10 losers’ points counted as what they are, losses.
Points-Team (games remaining, home, away)
48-Ottawa (7, 5H, 2A): At Boston, Carolina, Washington, Toronto, Pittsburgh, at Washington, Philadelphia.
47-Islanders (6, 1H, 5A): Florida, at Toronto, at Winnipeg, at Carolina, at Philadelphia, at Buffalo.
46-Rangers (7, 3H, 4A): At Philadelphia, Florida, at Buffalo, New Jersey, at Florida, at Carolina, New Jersey.
44-Winnipeg (6, 4H, 2A): Tampa Bay, Carolina, Islanders, at Buffalo, at Washington, Montreal.
42-Buffalo (5, 3H, 2A): at Boston, Rangers, at Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Islanders.
40-New Jersey (7, 3H, 4A): at Toronto, at Philadelphia, Florida, at Rangers, Montreal, Pittsburgh, at Rangers.
Today’s games that matter: New Jersey at Toronto, Ottawa at Boston.
Tomorrow’s games that matter: Rangers at Philadelphia, Florida at Islanders, Carolina at Ottawa, Tampa Bay at Winnipeg.