As things sit right now, the Carolina Hurricanes are six points out of the Wild Card spot in the Metropolitan Division. With six games left to go in April, it is a mathematical possibility for the Hurricanes to catch up to the Columbus Blue Jackets and take the last playoff spot.
Let’s be honest with one another, though. Is that actually going to happen?
With the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers punctuating the rest of the schedule, along with the New York Rangers, reality and the Hurricanes’ track record says catching up to Columbus just isn’t going to happen. For all intents and purposes, the cards are just not in their favor.
For the Hurricanes to slide into the final playoff spot in the Metropolitan, there would not only have to be some big wins, including some in overtime — which is not Carolina’s forte — but also an epic collapse by Washington, Columbus and the New Jersey Devils. There’s a lot of “ifs” in that prediction, and history is not smiling on any of them. With a team that has struggled with consistency like the Hurricanes have, that just may be one too many dice to roll.
Honestly, there’s not a single Hurricanes fan, player or coach who would not love to see this stunt get pulled off. To see the NHL Playoffs for the first time since 2009 would be something special. Again though, be honest — is this a team that seems like they could pull off something that epic? Furthermore, even if they could, have three teams in the same division ever collapsed all at the same time in April?
It’s really easy to look at standings and schedules and proclaim “we’re still in this one!” When in reality, it just isn’t going to happen. What Carolina needs to be doing is looking down the road, and planning for the rebuild to come.