With all the fussing over the Canucks’ quality of play recently, it’s easy to forget that they have a 12 point-lead in the Northwest Division. There was essentially no chance that they could lose the division and were essentially guaranteed to have home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Well, you can now remove the word “essentially” from that sentence above and move the whole thing into the present tense. The Canucks have officially clinched the Northwest Division in the most anti-climactic way possible.
The Calgary Flames played the Dallas Stars earlier today. Had they won that game in regulation or overtime then done the same in the rest of their remaining games then, if the Canucks lost all of their remaining games, the Flames could have won the Northwest Division. Yes, it was extremely unlikely, but the possibility was still there.
Instead, the Flames — still in the mix to make the playoffs — put in a clutch performance for the ages, losing 4-1 to the Dallas Stars. Cue the confetti.
If the Colorado Avalanche win all of their remaining games in regulation and overtime, and the Canucks lose all of their remaining games in regulation, the Avalanche could tie the Canucks in points as well as in the first tiebreaker, regulation and overtime wins. The second tiebreaker, however, is the head-to-head record between the two teams and, while the Canucks still have two more games against the Avalanche including the one Saturday night (at the time of this writing, that’s tonight), the Canucks have won all four of their previous meetings.
And so: Congratulations to the Vancouver Canucks, 2011-12 Northwest Division Champions.
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