Playoff Percentages: Panthers not taking advantage of games in hand
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Through the remainder of the regular season, we'll take a look at how the night's action impacts the playoff race, highlighting which teams' postseason odds went up or down significantly.

The Florida Panthers' abundance of games in hand is slipping through their fingers.

With their 4-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday, the Cats are now just 3-3-0 in their last six games - one point back of the Devils with only one game in hand. This, after Florida had a whole slew of games on New Jersey.

The Panthers still have slightly better odds than the Devils, but it will all come down to who performs better down the stretch.

Eastern Conference

Team Result Playoff Chances Change
Blue Jackets 4-0 W vs. FLA 98.1% +3.7%
Flyers 4-3 W vs. NJ 94.7% +5.2%
Panthers 4-0 L vs. CLB 55.7% -13.6%
Devils Off 51.9% +4.5%

Over in the West, a lopsided Kings-Avs game provided a dramatic swing for both teams' playoff hopes. The Avs still hold the first wild-card spot over the Ducks thanks to the ROW tiebreaker, but the Blues are nipping on their heels, sitting three points back.

Western Conference

Team Result Playoff Chances Change
Kings 7-1 W vs. COL 90.2% +11.4%
Avalanche 7-1 L vs. LA 76.5% -11.5%

To see percentages for the entire NHL, visit Sports Club Stats.

Playoff Percentages: Panthers not taking advantage of games in hand
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