History shows that National Hockey League teams that sit in playoff spots at American Thanksgiving are, for the most part, teams that advance to the NHL’s post season come April.
I am not surprised that the Leafs and Jets are the two Canadian teams currently in playoff spots.
Toronto got in with 40 wins last season, and with star Auston Matthews another year older it’s not a shock they’ve won 16 of 26 this season.
In the western conference, the Jets didn’t get in to the playoffs with 40 wins, but many expected Mark Scheifele and Patrick Laine to take their game to another level this season.
It seems as if as goes Carey Price, so goes the Montreal Canadiens. A playoff push may ride on his play and health.
The two teams I didn’t expect to get better were Ottawa and Vancouver and, sure enough, neither
team is a post season position.
The big mystery continues to be Edmonton, as star-studded talent is under achieving.
I’m hoping history doesn’t repeat itself, and Canadian teams rally soon.