The Wolf Pack are still mathematically alive in the playoff race. That’s about as positive as it gets. The Pack sit 14 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The have, on average, been about 15 points out of the playoffs since December. A horrific November when the team went 2-9 is the single most reason on why the Pack will not make the playoffs. This will be the first time the team has missed the playoffs in back to back seasons and it’s also the fourth time they have missed the playoffs in 17 years.
However it is also the third time they have missed the playoffs in the last five seasons. These are unprecedented times for the AHL in Hartford, normally the Pack lock up a playoff spot without much thought but these last five seasons have been hit or miss.
The Pack are looking up at Norfolk who currently hold the last playoff spot. The Pack have 11 games left leaving 22 possible points on the schedule yet to be earned. The Wolf Pack will need to win every one to put any pressure on the Admirals. The chances of running the table for the Wolf Pack are slim though. If the Wolf Pack win all of their remaining games they will have 85 points. They will still miss the playoffs if Norfolk wins five of their remaining 11 games, as the Admirals currently have 77 points. Providence has 79 points along with Albany and they would only need to win four of their remaining games to keep the Pack from passing them in the standings.
Playoff chances? It’s one in a million but there is a chance. There may be a better chance at this point though that the Whalers return to Hartford, it’s just that small of a chance.
Here is a look at their remaining opponents for the Wolf Pack; two games with Bridgeport, two games with Springfield, two games with St. John’s(last two road games), and one game each with Worcester, Providence, Manchester and Norfolk.
The team has played better since making some roster changes in the middle of January. The Wolf Pack are 17-10 since the roster moves were made, unfortunately it may have been too little too late for them to reach a playoff position.
The Wolf Pack have unveiled their red jerseys and will wear them for the three remaining Saturday night games they have at home. Beginning tomorrow they will wear red Wolf Pack jerseys against in-state rival Bridgeport and they will wear them next Saturday as the Pack will try to get their first win of the season against the visiting Providence Bruins. They will wear them for the last home game of the season when they play Bridgeport one final time in the season’s final game on April 19.
Tonight the Pack will try to make the run by playing the Springfield Falcons. The Pack have had success against the Falcons recently and will need to keep that momentum if they want to win tonight. You can listen to the game if you are not at the XL Center by tuning into 1410AM’s Fox Sports Radio and you can even watch the game by checking out WWW.AHLLIVE.com.