Which Teams to Watch Leading to Playoffs

Heatley is leading the Wild to the playoffs. (Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE)

The Anaheim Ducks are now 10 points out of the Western Conference 8th seed. For them, it is crunch time from here until playoffs begin. They have such a small margin for error and every game is huge.

If you believe the Ducks can make playoffs, there are several teams that could easily ruin their chances. I’m going to take a look at some of the teams we need to watch and pray they start losing.

Keep in mind this isn’t an exact order as to most important.

Minnesota Wild (58):

The Wild are currently in the 8th playoff seed (and have been for quite some time).  Dany Heatley currently leads the Wild in goals(17) and points(38). They are a tough team who hasn’t been getting the credit they deserve this season. It’s not going to be easy to take them out of playoffs.

Phoenix Coyotes (58):

Our division rivals (you’ll see this a lot), have been having a great season even with the departure of several key players. Ray Whitney leads the team in points and Radim Vrbata leads in goals. They currently sit 9th in the Western Conference but have the same amount of points as the 8th place Wild.

Calgary Flames (57):

The Flames currently sit in 10th in the conference. One win will put them in the 8th seed and I’m sure they realize this too. Olli Jokinen currently leads the team in points. They also have the always dangerous Jarome Iginla. The Ducks recently beat the Flames which was a HUGE win.

Colorado Avalanche (57): 

Colorado is sitting in the 11th spot right now. Although I don’t think they will make playoffs,  they are still a very tough and young team. A team that is not to be overlooked. Although not having one strong goaltender, the Avs have a ton of depth. Six of their forwards have 10+ goals, which is insane.

Dallas Stars (56):

The Dallas Stars are currently in 12th place. They haven’t kept up with the amazing season they started out with, but they’re still very dangerous. They have Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder up front which makes them deadly up front.

This conference is INSANELY close as you can tell.

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