|Penguins magic number
||[Mar. 20th, 2007|12:19 pm]
The Penguins need just 9 points in their last 9 games to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since Jaromir Jagr left the team. Annoyingly, Jagr himself scored last night to take away the 1 minimum point they were 33.8 seconds away from earning. Fortunately, the Penguins only have 1 game left against a team that's got more points than they do this season, and all of the teams fighting for the last playoff spot in the conference have more difficult schedules than the Penguins, so it's likely that they could make the playoffs playing considerably worse than .500 hockey for the rest of the season. Not that it would be encouraging to go into the postseason with a losing streak, mind you.
More disappointing about last night's loss was that a win would have put the Pens into a tie with New Jersey for 1st place in the Atlantic Division, which seemed like an almost unachievable goal just last week, when New Jersey had an 8-point lead in the division race.