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Playoff Update - 4/4/14

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Big win for the Jackets. Big win for the Leafs. Too bad for Toronto the Jackets have two games-in-hand and own all of the tie-breakers.

Bruce Bennett

Metropolitan Division Standings - Friday, April 4

Team GP PTS W L OTL ROW GD L10 Streak
Pittsburgh 77 103 49 23 5 44 +46 5-4-1 W1
NY Rangers 78 91 43 30 5 39 +23 7-2-1 OT1
Philadelphia 76 87 39 28 9 36 E 5-3-2 L1
Columbus 76 85 39 30 7 34 +9 5-4-1 W1
Washington 76 81 34 29 13 25 -14 4-3-3 L1
New Jersey 76 80 32 28 16 32 -12 3-4-3 OT1
Carolina 77 79 34 32 11 33 -17 5-3-2 W2
NY Islanders 76 72 31 35 10 24 -38 7-2-1 W3

Eastern Conference Wild Card Standings - Friday, April 4

Team GP PTS W L OTL ROW GD L10 Streak
Detroit 76 86 36 26 14 31 -10 6-3-1 W3
Columbus 76 85 39 30 7 34 +9 5-4-1 W1
Toronto 78 84 38 32 8 29 -17 2-8-0 W2
Washington 76 81 34 29 13 25 -14 4-3-3 L1
New Jersey 76 80 32 28 16 32 -12 3-4-3 OT1
Carolina 77 79 34 32 11 33 -17 5-3-2 W2
Ottawa 76 78 32 30 14 27 -33 4-5-1 L1

Jackets' Magic Numbers

We're doing a little more math this morning, factoring in tie-breakers and such. For reference, I'm including the first two tie-breakers. ROW always will be the first decider. If teams are tied in ROW, head-to-head is the next tie-breaker. As you can see, the Jackets are in good shape in those departments, as opposed to, say, last season.

Washington - 8 (WSH max points: 93; Blue Jackets own ROW tie-breaker and head-to-head tie-breaker)
New Jersey - 8 (NJD max points: 92; Blue Jackets lead in ROW but have not clinched the ROW tie-breaker, but do own head-to-head tie-breaker)
Toronto - 7 (TOR max points: 92; Blue Jackets own ROW and head-to-head tie-breakers)
Ottawa - 5 (OTT max points: 90; Blue Jackets own ROW tie-breaker; OTT holds head-to-head tie-breaker)
Carolina - 5 (CAR max points: 89; Blue Jackets lead in ROW but have not clinched the ROW tie-breaker, but do own head-to-head tie-breaker)

Conference Playoff Odds

Courtesy of Sports Club Stats:

Boston - IN
Pittsburgh - IN
Montreal - IN
Tampa Bay - IN
NY Rangers - 100.0% (even)
Philadelphia - 97.4% (down)
Detroit - 91.6% (down)
Columbus - 88.3% (up)
Toronto - 9.9% (up)
New Jersey - 8.1% (down)
Washington - 4.0% (down)
Carolina - 0.5% (down)
Ottawa - 0.3% (down)
NY Islanders - OUT
Florida - OUT
Buffalo - OUT

If The Season Ended Today...

Round 1 Matchups

Road Home
Columbus (WC2) Boston (A1)
Philadelphia (M3) NY Rangers (M2)
Detroit (WC1) Pittsburgh (M1)
Tampa Bay (A3) Montreal (A2)

Who Helps Us Tonight

Columbus vs Chicago (+6.9)
Detroit vs Buffalo (+1.5) New Jersey vs Washington (SCS says Washington +0.6, but either team not getting points helps the Jackets per the magic numbers above) Ottawa vs Montreal (+0.1)