With just 10 games remaining of the regular season, it's time to look at a possible matchup for the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. Which teams do we want to play against and which team do we not want to play.
The Penguins are 17 point ahead of New Jersey, Rangers, Islanders so we will finish 1st or 2nd. Possible match ups are NY Rangers, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Washington and Philadelphia. Their records are from .542 to .486.
Rangers seem strong after the addition of Ryane Clowe, Derek Dorsett, John Moore, Derick Brassard. They er 3-3-0 in their last six games and have won the last games.
The Devils acquired Steve Sullivan at the deadline, but they have lost their last four games. And this season Brodeur is not the old Brodeur.
The Islanders are pretty hot right now with five wins in six games. But they have not traded for any playes since Tim Thomas. And they have only been in the playoffs four times since 1995.
Ovechkin has found his old I and the Caps are 5-2-0 in the last seven games, but they are three point behind the two New Yrk teams and They got Martin Erat from Nashville, but didn't get a veteran goalie.
The Flyers are 3-1-2 in six games, but have won three in a row. With four point up to the Rangers and the Islanders, their chances for a plyoff spot are small though. Only new player is Steve Mason but can he push Bryzgalov to perform?
So it looks like a division rival in the first round and I would prefer to avoid the Rangers and think that chances are best against the Devils. Goaltending and special teams are important ind the playoffs, to areas, where the Devils are weak.
Who do you want the Pens to play against?