After losing two over the weekend here is the updated standing for the T-Birds and the chase for the playoffs in the Western Conference. While the two losses didn't improve the T-Birds points pace or their position in the standings, they are still in the thick of the battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. In fact they are still on pace to finish in 8th place and grab the last postseason berth.
Again, the order is based on the current standings (as of 1/24/11) with the top B.C. Division team, in this case Vancouver, automatically slotted into the #2 position. The number in parenthesis is the points earned per game so far this season.
1. Portland is on pace for 98.44 pts (1.37)
2. Vancouver is on pace for 80.81 pts (1.12)
3. Spokane is on pace for 98.04 pts (1.36)
4. Tri-City is on pace for 97.6 pts (1.35)
5. Kelowna is on pace for 82.7 pts (1.15)
6. Prince George is on pace for 75.06 pts (1.04)
7. Chilliwack is on pace for 72 pts (1.00)
8. Seattle is on pace for 67.5 pts (0.937)
9. Kamloops is on pace for 64.8 pts (0.90)
10. Everett is on pace for 65.87 pts (0.914)
The top three teams in the U.S. Division are still neck-and-neck for the conferene top seed but Portland is back in the driver's seat after beating Spokane in overtime Sunday.
Kelowna, after sweeping three road games against U.S. Division teams this past weekend (Seattle, Spokane & Tri-City) is on pace to overtake Vancouver atop the B.C. Division and grab the conference's #2 seed, and Kamloops and Everett would still miss the postseason.
But the Silvertips are only two points behind the T-Birds with a game in hand which makes Friday's game in Everett a (and here's the understatement) very important one. Remember though, Everett is in action Wednesday against the Chiefs in Spokane while Kamloops travels to Prince George. Also, Chilliwack will be down in Portland so the standings could be jumbled again before the 'Birds take to the ice for their next game.