2015 Push For Play-Offs Preview

Happy New Year hockey fans!  I hope everyone had a good holiday.

2015 is upon us and it is now officially the push for play-offs.  I know that play-offs are still 2 months away, but the teams only have 15-17 games left to finish in the best spot they can in the standings.

Let’s look at the standings again from the end of December.

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Leamington 34 27 6 1 55 .809 144 86 790 15-2-0 12-4-1
Sarnia 32 22 10 0 44 .688 146 120 611 15-2-0 7-8-0
Chatham 32 20 11 1 41 .641 140 109 614 11-6-0 9-5-1
Strathroy 33 18 13 2 38 .576 132 115 651 12-4-1 6-9-1
LaSalle 33 17 16 0 34 .515 138 123 740 10-7-0 7-9-0
London 33 15 16 2 32 .485 107 103 621 10-5-1 5-11-1
St. Thomas 32 13 15 4 30 .469 103 109 497 9-6-1 4-9-3
Lambton Shores 32 10 19 3 23 .359 104 154 758 7-8-1 3-11-2
St. Marys 32 2 26 4 8 .125 58 157 617 2-12-2 0-14-2

 

Leamington has played the most games out of everyone so far, at 34.  Of their remaining 15 games, this is how their schedule shapes up.

Chatham – 1

Lambton Shores – 3

LaSalle – 2

London – 1

Sarnia – 2

St. Marys – 2

St. Thomas – 2

Strathroy – 2

The Flyers have been 1 of the hottest teams all season and I don’t see them stopping now.  Of the 30 points available, they’ll probably get at least 20 of them.

 

Sarnia, as every knows, started out as the best team in the Conference.  They went 13-0, which is a huge feat.  Since then, they’ve been rather inconsistent in my opinion, but have still managed to maintain 2nd place.

Sarnia has 17 games left.  Here’s their games:

Chatham – 1

Lambton Shores – 2

LaSalle – 3

Leamington – 2

London – 4

St. Marys – 2

St. Thomas – 1

Strathroy – 2

The Legionnaires are sitting 11 points back from Leamington, and 3 points ahead of Chatham, and will be looking for as many of the possible 34 points as they can get.  They’ll definitely pick up at least 1/2 of them.

 

Chatham also has 17 games left, so they definitely have a chance of catching and passing Sarnia.  This is the balance of their schedule:

Lambton Shores – 4

LaSalle – 2

Leamington – 1

London – 2

Sarnia – 1

St. Marys – 4

St. Thomas – 1

Strathroy – 2

As stated, Chatham is 3 points back of Sarnia, but they’ve also got Strathroy sitting just 3 points behind them, so they’ll be hoping for as many of those 34 points as they can.  They have a good chance of getting the majority of them.

 

Strathroy started the season out slow.  After trading their captain, the team seems to have come together and have vaulted up the standings to 4th, just 3 points back of Chatham, but LaSalle is just 4 points behind them.

The Rockets have 16 games left.

Chatham – 2

Lambton Shores – 2

LaSalle – 1

Leamington – 2

London – 2

Sarnia – 2

St. Marys – 2

St. Thomas – 3

The Rockets have a good chance of catching and passing Chatham in the standings.

 

LaSalle has been struggling a lot lately.  They’ve gotten bit by the injury bug and suspensions and haven’t been able to ice a full team as of late.

The Vipers are sitting in 5th place with 34 points, just 2 points ahead of London.  LaSalle also has 16 games left.  Here’s their schedule:

Chatham – 2

Lambton Shores – 1

Leamington – 2

London – 2

Sarnia – 3

St. Marys – 2

St. Thomas – 3

Strathroy – 1

With LaSalle’s struggles, it’s going to take a lot of work to stay ahead of London and I’m not sure they can.

 

So as said, London is only 2 points behind LaSalle and they have a 2 point lead on St. Thomas.  London is traditionally an older team, but have gone younger this season, with only 2 94’s in their lineup.

The Nationals also have 16 games left this season.

Chatham – 2

Lambton Shores – 2

LaSalle – 2

Leamington – 1

Sarnia – 4

St. Marys – 1

St. Thomas – 2

Strathroy – 2

The Nats have a chance to not only pass LaSalle, but they could potentially pass Strathroy too.  They will be a team to watch in the next 2 months.

 

St. Thomas is always a bottom half team, but they can surprise anyone any night.  They’re currently in 7th place, 2 points back from London, 4 from LaSalle, and 7 points ahead of Lambton Shores.

The Stars have 17 games left.  This is their schedule:

Chatham – 1

Lambton Shores – 2

LaSalle – 3

Leamington – 2

London – 2

Sarnia – 1

St. Marys – 3

Strathroy – 3

With LaSalle’s struggles, St. Thomas has a real chance to gain some ground on them, considering they have 3 games with them left, and move up to 6th place.

 

Lambton Shores started out the season stronger than they ever have.  At one point, they were sitting in 5th place, which was the highest they have ever been.  They went on a skid which bumped them down and they now sit 7 points behind the Stars, in the final play-off spot.

The Predators also have 17 games left.

Chatham – 4

LaSalle – 1

Leamington – 3

London – 2

Sarnia – 2

St. Marys – 1

St. Thomas – 2

Strathroy – 2

With the Preds, it all depends what everyone else does as to if they’ll be higher than 8th place.  I really don’t think the Lincolns are going to catch them, so they won’t have to worry about that.

 

Bringing up the rear is St. Marys.  They currently only have 8 points.  They have 17 games left as well.

Chatham – 4

Lambton Shores – 1

LaSalle – 2

Leamington – 2

London – 1

Sarnia – 2

St. Thomas – 3

Strathroy – 2

The Lincolns have really struggled this season.  I honestly thought they’d be better this year, but I guess Merlin needs a little bit more time to get the team he wants.  This team just needs to stick together and learn everything they can from Merlin.  He’s a great coach and knows how to pick and guide a team.

 

So that’s your ‘preview’ of 2015.  Here’s what we got coming up for this first weekend of the New Year.

Friday, January 2

St. Thomas Stars vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:30 Timken Centre

St. Marys Lincolns vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, January 3

Lambton Shores Predators vs. London Nationals – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Strathroy Rockets vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 West Middlesex

Sunday, January 4

Chatham Maroons vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

St. Marys Lincolns vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

 

St. Thomas and LaSalle could be a very good game.  Strathroy and Sarnia will be another epic battle for the history book.  London and Forest could be good too.  Basically, it’s a good weekend for some hockey, but then, when is it not?

I’ll see you on Monday fans and comment below on your opinions on my little preview and how you think the teams will do in the push for play-offs.

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