The Hartford Wolf Pack play 80 games; not 73. There is still time remaining on the schedule to make it to the playoffs and continue their franchise-long streak of appearances.
But let’s get the facts. The Wolf Pack are currently in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, and eight points behind the final playoff spot taken by the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Penguins. With more points to make up than games remaining, this is a bit of a situation we’ve got brewing in Hartford.
The Penguins need to accumulate seven points in their final six games to eliminate the Wolf Pack from playoff contention. However, considering all but one of their final games are against teams hanging by a thread to a playoff birth, Norfolk, Binghamton and Adirondack, It’s obviously not a done deal for S/WB.
The Wolf Pack’s final games are all against Atlantic Division squads: three against the Worchester Sharks, two against the Springfield Falcons, and once they face the Lowell Devils and I-95 foes, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
It’s safe to say Springfield isn’t making the playoffs, as they are in dead last in the Eastern Conference. But the other six games are going to be no easy task. Worchester has already clinched a playoff spot, and are currently second in the East. This could sound bad for Wolf Pack fans, but don’t forget that the Wolf Pack have won four of the five meetings so far this season, outscoring the Sharks 21-13.
Lowell and Bridgeport are both at 82 points, both in the Top 8, but both are just a cold-streak away from falling out of playoff contention. Hartford has won four of the seven meeting against the Devils, and four of the nine meetings against the Sound Tigers.
What does all of that mean? There is a chance for Hartford. Certainly no easy task, but Lloyd is telling me there’s a chance.
Let's be honest, there have been bigger odds to overcome in the world of sports, right?
Hartford plays Wednesday against the Sharks, followed by a Friday home game against the Devils.