Canadian NHL Teams Playoff Standings: Western Conference

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The 2013-2014 NHL regular season is down to its last week with only one Canadian team currently guaranteed a spot in the post-season. Not since 1973 has only one team made the playoffs from the country that claims the sport as its own.

As of Monday, there are no Western Conference Canadian teams with the coveted “x” beside their name in the standings.  In fact, the four teams are currently ranked 11th through 14th in the Conference.  The Vancouver Canucks have a 0% chance and sadly that’s the best Canadian fans can hope for in the west.

Here’s a look at where the Canadian teams in the Western Conference stand going into the final week:

Western Conference

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Vancouver Canucks

Playoff chances: 0%

With four games remaining and only a possible 8 points up for grabs the Vancouver Canucks would need a miracle to make the playoffs at this point.  It would take the Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators imploding to reach the 2nd and final wild card spot.

The Canucks have not missed the playoffs since 2008 and in 2011 took the Boston Bruins to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.  Until this season, the Canucks had won their Division title in five consecutive seasons and had been widely considered one of the Western Conference’s top teams in recent memory.  This season’s implosion is unacceptable to most fans.  Expect changes in the off-season.

Winnipeg Jets

Playoff chances: Out

The Jets were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Friday after a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The team has yet to make the playoffs in three seasons since returning to Manitoba, and currently hold the second longest post-season drought dating back to their time as the Atlanta Thrashers, a total of 7 seasons.

The Jets spent much of the second half of the season working their way into the playoff bubble.  Even new head coach Paul Maurice, who has done wonders for the young roster this season, couldn’t compensate for a lack of reliable goaltending or the increased competition in a new Conference.  Expect, or hope, the Jets go out and get a goaltender in the off-season.

Calgary Flames

Playoff chances: Out

Unfortunately for the Calgary Flames, the team’s best chances of making the 2013-2014 playoffs date back to October.  Since a 3-2 victory over the LA Kings on October 21st, the Flames have been in a downward spiral out of post-season contention.

The Calgary Flames will miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.  The team’s last Cup victory dates back to 1989 with only one Cup Final appearance since, a game 7 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

Edmonton Oilers

Playoff chances: Out

With 63 points the Oilers are likely to finish the 2013-2014 season ranked in the bottom three.   The team that never even came close will miss the playoffs for its 8 consecutive season, an NHL worst.

The Oilers are a team rife with young talent that has failed to make any strides toward success.  The team’s best finish was 24th  after the lockout shortened season, an improvement on several straight seasons finishing dead last.  Expect management to make some significant changes in the off-season to finally improve a team that is going nowhere with its current roster and has to look back to 1990 for its last Cup victory.

Playoff chance percentages thanks to Sportsclubstats.

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