A 3-2 overtime loss in Colorado last night, coupled with Nashville and St. Louis 3-2 and 7-3 victories over Vancouver and Philadelphia respectively, has left the Winnipeg Jets with any one of the following scenarios for the start of the playoffs next week – with one game remaining in the regular season.
The Jets could still finish first with a win in Arizona tomorrow night, and a Predators loss of any kind at home to Chicago. Or a Jets OT or shootout loss to the Coyotes and a Preds outright loss and a Blues loss of any kind to Vancouver. The potential first round matchups in the event of that scenario would be Dallas- or Colorado. Because the Avalanche cuuld still potentially finish ahead of the Stars, unless Dallas picks up a point in either of their 2 remaining games. So let’s put that under the category of “highly unlikely.”
Winnipeg could finish second and host Nashville IF the Jets picked up a point in Arizona, the Preds lost outright to the Hawks and the Blues beat Vancouver. Again not likely. But possible.
If all three teams win tomorrow night, Jets finish second and host St. Louis. Somewhat likely. Jets lose and the other two teams win, and it’s off to St. Louis. Or Jets lose, Nashville loses in regulation or extra time, and St. Louis wins. It’s Winnipeg at Nashville. Let’s just call either of those- scary.
Mark Scheifele with his 37th and Nikolaj Ehlers with his 20th gave the Jets a 2-0 lead after the first period. And Ehlers felt him and his team mates deserved a better fate.
The single point by the Avalanche officially eliminated Arizona. So you’d THINK that might benefit the Jets tomorrow night in Glendale. Montreal’s post season hopes are now hanging by a thread — and the Rangers — after a 2-1 loss in Washington. The Canadiens will be booted off the playoff island if Columbus picks up two points in their remaining games at MSG and Ottawa.
Maybe it’s not such a bad thing to have an owner making hockey decisions. Carolina is in the playoffs for the first time in a decade after beating New Jersey 3-1. Remember the trepidation the hockey world had going into this season when Hurricanes new owner Tom Dundon said he was going to be “involved?”
And Pittsburgh is also going to the post season for a 13th straight year after they beat Detroit 4-1.
Other results from last night saw Arizona win 4-1 in Vegas, San Jose was a 3-2 winner in Edmonton, Tampa Bay topped Toronto 3-1, Boston shutout Minnesota 3-0, the Islanders were 2-1 shootout winners over Florida, and Buffalo beat Ottawa 5-2.
An 8-6 loss to Scotland last night has left Kevin Koe and his Team Canada rink at 7-3 and in a 4th place tie with the US and Italy going into the final three draws of the round robin portion of the World Men’s Curling Championship in Lethridge, Canada plays 2nd place Switzerland this morning at 10 a.m. And then finishes up against the Netherlands tonight at 8 p.m.
The Toronto Blue Jays did not muster a hit from any of the 117 pitches Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer threw for the first 7 innings. They did manage 3 hits off the Indians bullpen, but still lost 4-1. But as non productive as the Jays have been at the plate with a .190 team batting average during a 3-5 start to the season- there are four teams behind them in that category. Dead last is Cincinnati, with a 1.64 average. The Reds were shutout 2-0 by Pittsburgh to extend their scoreless streak to 19 innings, and losing skid to 5 games. Boston is off to the worst start by a defending World Series champion in 20 years. The Red Sox now 2-6 after losing 7-3 in Oakland.
And Milwaukee sewed up the NBA regular season title with a 128-122 win over Philadelphia to improve to 59-20 on the year. It’s the first NBA regular season title for the Bucks franchise since 1973-74, and only the third overall.