March 13, 2018

NAHL East Division Playoff Watch (How Tomahawks Can Still Make Playoffs)

There's one thing certainty as the Tomahawks continue their last stretch of games in the 2017-18 season. Only for the second time in their history, the Johnstown Tomahawks will finish with a record below five hundred. The only other time this happened was back in 2014-15 when the Tomahawks finished with a record of 25-27-4-4.

2014-15 was also the only year that the Tomahawks didn't make the playoffs.

Johnstown's playoff hopes are still alive after battling from behind in two games last weekend against New Jersey and getting wins in overtime. Johnstown picked up four out of six points on the weekend. Sure, they also let the Titans take four points, but as the season dies down, the Tomahawks only have to get past the Northeast Generals to grab the last playoff spot.

Currently, the Generals sit in fourth place with a total of 51 points. Johnstown, in fifth place, has a total of 42 points. Though, Northeast has played three less games than Johnstown.

If you thought last weekend's three-game series vs New Jersey was the most important weekend of the season, with the Tomahawks picking up the two wins against the Titans, this weekend now is the most important of the year.

Johnstown will host the Generals for three games.

If Johnstown can find a way to pick up three wins without giving Northeast any points, Johnstown would only be three points behind the Generals.

The most points the Tomahawks can earn the rest of the season is 16. That's if they don't lose another game in their last eight. This would give them a total of 58 points. Seeing as the Generals already have 51 points, there's only a seven point leeway.

I won't talk about what happens in a tie-breaker situation right now. We'll go over that if it should happen.

So, you see? The Tomahawks can make the playoffs still but they'll also need some other teams in the division to help them out and beat Northeast in regulation a few times.

After this weekend of games vs Northeast, Johnstown goes back to New Jersey to play them for another three-game weekend. The Tomahawks will then have another off week before returning home to close out the season when they battle the Philadelphia Rebels.

As for Northeast, next weekend they'll host WB/Scranton for three games. They'll then head to Philadelphia for three games. Then they'll wrap up the season playing two games vs New Jersey where things could get a little shady.

I say shady, because if the Tomahawks still have a chance to make the playoffs come the last weekend of the season, New Jersey would easily not play any of their top players and let the Generals win so Johnstown doesn't make the playoffs.

Let's hope things are settled before that so we don't have to see that situation play out.

If Northeast comes into Johnstown this weekend and takes all six points that would give them 57, basically putting the nail in the Tomahawks' coffin.

This season the Tomahawks are 2-7-0 vs the Generals.


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