Playoff Update - 4/10/14

A photo from our friend RedStorm! - Eric St. John

The Jackets are playoff-bound! With that in mind, we're switching up the format of this series, to focus on seeding.

Metropolitan Division Playoff Standings - Thursday, April 10

Team GP PTS W L OTL ROW GD L10 Streak
Pittsburgh 80 107 51 24 5 44 +44 5-5-0 W2
NY Rangers 80 93 44 31 5 40 +25 7-2-1 W1
Philadelphia 79 91 41 29 9 38 3 4-4-2 W2
Columbus 80 91 42 31 7 37 +15 6-3-1 W3

Eastern Conference Wild Card Standings - Thursday, April 10

Team GP PTS W L OTL ROW GD L10 Streak
Columbus 80 91 42 31 7 37 +15 6-3-1 W3
Detroit 80 91 38 27 15 34 -10 5-3-2 OT1

Jackets' Magic Numbers

The Blue Jackets don't control their own destiny for anything other than the 1st Wild Card spot. Their Magic Number to stay above the Red Wings is 4 (DET max points: 95; CBJ own ROW tie-breaker).

Rather than try to bang out magic numbers for the Metro Spots (since the Jackets don't technically have them), we'll lay out the scenarios:

NYR max points: 97; Rangers lead the Flyers in ROW but do not own the tie-breaker, and own the ROW tie-breaker against the Jackets.
PHI max points: 97; Flyers trail Rangers in ROW and lead the Jackets in ROW, but do not have any tie-breakers yet clinched.
CBJ max points: 95; Jackets can't catch Rangers in ROW, but can tie Flyers in ROW with some help. Jackets own the second tie-breaker (head-to-head) with Philly.

Conference Playoff Seeding Odds

Courtesy of Sports Club Stats: here are the most likely seeds based on percentages (so, this is the highest percentage finish for each team, meaning they finish in that spot that percentage of the simulations). Seeds are displayed as they would play in the playoffs (think like a bracket):

EC1 (A1) - Boston - IN
WC2 (A4) - Detroit - 58.8%

EC2 (M1) - Pittsburgh - IN
WC1 (M4) - Columbus - 42.2%

EC3 (A2) - Montreal - 86.1%
EC5 (A3) - Tampa Bay - 86.0%

EC4 (M2) - NY Rangers - 84.1%
EC6 (M3) - Philadelphia - 58.8%

Who We're Rooting For Tonight

NY Rangers vs. Buffalo
Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia

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