On the main Board the discussion is heating up about the East.
My guess is that the edge goes to Hamilton for 2nd with to Toronto for 3rd. (Bomber fans don't like that- especially after the team's performance today).
Toronto is currently up 4 points so Winnipeg has to beat TO in their two remaining meetings to get ahead in the tiebreaker (possible).
Hamilton has both Toronto and Winnipeg in their season series so has to finish behind both clubs to be out.
[i]Remaining Opponents by team:
Toronto: Mtl., Mtl., Sask, Sask, Hamilton, Edmonton , Wpg., Wpg.
Winnipeg: BC, BC, Mtl, Mtl, Edmonton, Calgary , Tor, Tor
Hamilton: Edm, Edm, BC, BC, Tor, Sask, Mtl, Cal
I give Toronto 3-4 wins out of those last 8 (a split with Wpg.)
I give Winnipeg 2-5, (a split with TO).
I give Hamilton 3-5 out of their last 8.[/i]
To the end of the season:
So: Unless Hamilton tanks completely that gives us 16-20 pts.
Toronto gets 3-4 wins and so ends with 16-18 points.
Winnipeg may catch on fire and get 5 of 8... or may not. I call 10-16 points. They NEED to beat Toronto in both games.
If they do, then Toronto's likely win total goes down and Hamilton would clinch 2nd - even backing into the playoffs.
If TO and Wpg. split then things remain interesting but Winnipeg is hoping to run the board and looking for a Cat collapse or an Argo collapse. Five wins (Tor X 2; BC X 2, Edm.) gives them that 16 points. If TO only beats us and Edmonton they end with 14 so might be out unless we somehow can't beat Edmonton. It IS possible that our last game with Toronto is key but having the tie-breaker at this stage is certainly nice. I think we will be in the playoffs but we might not get there pretty.
If Toronto wins both then the Bombers seem destined to watch the playoffs on their big screens.
Yeah... lots of guessing. The play of BC, and the play of Mtl. in the last couple of weeks in the season (do they rest players against TO in the final games?) will tell the tale.