Saturday, March 21, 2009

Status: 3-21-09

As of today the Cyclones stand alone in First Place in the North Division, with all division teams having played 64 games. But with 74 points is a 4-way tie between Johnston, Trenton, Elmira, and Wheeling. Mathematically, Dayton is still in unlikely playoff contention with 63 points. Only Reading is out but 6 teams in contention is more teams that the total of teams in each of the other divisions.

That's a long-winded way of saying that the last 8 games are crucial for the Cyclones, any way you shake it.

It's going to be a wild ride, and fun to watch the stats and standing jumping around these last few weeks. This will be the last post I comment on standings. Call it superstition, but every time I've commented on their place in the standings, they've immediately fallen.

It will be like bumper-cars down the home stretch, the Cyclones need to play their best game every night and put the occasional inconsistency behind them. If they can do that, that can do the unprecedented in ECHL hockey.


Blogger WendyB said...

It is quite surprising how tight things are in the north right now. With five teams separated by just 1 point, and only four permitted to advance to the playoffs, it boggles the mind to think that a team could be leading the standings today and still go home empty handed come playoff time. And yet that is exactly what will happen for somebody. Good luck to Cincinnati down the stretch. With five teams playing desperate hockey, they are going to need all the luck they can get! Go Cyclones!

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