11 games to go: Playoff watch

Halifax, Mooseheads

It’s getting down to the nitty gritty in the 2016-17 QMJHL regular season and the playoff picture is muddy at best for most teams in the tightly packed standings. The Halifax Mooseheads have 11 game remaining on the docket which includes just four home dates.

16 of the 18 teams in the league make the playoffs with the top seed facing the 16th seed, the second seed facing number 15 and so on. The top eight clubs will have home ice advantage in the first round.

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Halifax sits 12th overall in the league with 55 points and will play four more games at home and an additional seven on the road. The Gatineau Olympiques sit immediately in front of the Herd with 58 points after a recent hot streak that’s seen the team win eight of its last nine games. Halifax holds one game-in-hand on Gatineau but with the Moose facing the top ranked Saint John Sea Dogs a total of four more times those three points might be difficult to make up.

Other teams to keep an eye on during the final few weeks of the season that could impact the Mooseheads playoff positioning include Rimouski and Val d’Or. The Oceanic are just two points back of Halifax and the Foreurs are three behind.

Remaining Schedule:

@ MON Feb. 23rd @ DRU Feb. 22nd SHA Feb. 24th BAC Feb 24th
BAT Feb. 24th CHI Feb. 25th CHA Feb. 26th BAC Feb. 25th
@ SNB Feb. 26th VIC Mar. 1st @ CHA Mar. 2nd DRU Mar. 1st
@ SNB Mar. 1st @ SHE Mar. 3rd @ SNB Mar. 3rd @ ROU Mar. 3rd
@ CAP Mar. 3rd @ VDO  Mar. 7th @ BAT Mar. 4th VIC Mar. 5th
@ CHA Mar. 5th @ ROU Mar. 8th BLB  Mar. 7th GAT Mar. 7th
@ BAT Mar. 10th SHA Mar. 10th BAC Mar. 10th ROU Mar. 10th
@ SNB Mar. 11th QUE Mar. 12th BAC Mar. 11th @ ROU Mar. 12th
CHA Mar. 15th DRU Mar. 17th QUE Mar. 17th @ SHE Mar. 15th
CAP Mar. 17th BLB Mar. 18th @ DRU Mar. 18th @ VIC Mar. 17th
SNB Mar. 18th @ SHA Mar. 18th

Determining where the Mooseheads will finish is hard enough but to predict who they will face in the opening round might be even more difficult. As of Tuesday, February 21st Halifax would meet 5th place Rouyn-Noranda in Round 1 but the standings at the top of the league are close and have been changing on a nightly basis as you can see below:

1-Saint John 56 39 13 3 1 82
2-Shawinigan 56 37 15 3 1 78
3-Blainville-Boisbriand 57 36 15 4 2 78
4-Charlottetown 56 37 16 3 0 77
5-Rouyn-Noranda 56 34 15 2 5 75
6-Acadie-Bathurst 57 32 20 3 2 69

No matter how you slice it, the young Mooseheads squad is set to gain valuable experience in the 2017 President Cup Playoffs as they continue to build and strive for future success with an eye on hosting the 2019 Memorial Cup.

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