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Who falls in and out of a playoff spot? Vote in our polls!

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

With the Florida Panthers getting a nice little break until Friday night’s home game against the San Jose Sharks, I thought we’d do something a little different today, thanks to a suggestion from merlin94.

If a team is in a playoff spot on American Thanksgiving, they usually end up making the postseason. However, it’s not always a lock, so teams do fall out, while others out of the picture make late season runs to get in.

Using every team’s points percentage, instead of actual points (this evens out games in hand) on Thanksgiving Day, let’s vote on one team from each conference that was in a playoff spot that you think will not end up making the playoffs and one team from each conference that was out of a playoff spot that you think will make it in at the end. Chime with your rationale in the comment section if you’d like.

Eastern Conference Playoff Teams on Thanksgiving (by points percentage)

Poll

Which one of these teams won’t make the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    New Jersey
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Columbus
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    NY Islanders
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Tampa Bay
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Toronto
    (1 vote)
  • 38%
    Detroit
    (37 votes)
  • 21%
    Ottawa
    (21 votes)
  • 28%
    Carolina
    (28 votes)
97 votes total Vote Now

Eastern Conference Non-Playoff Teams on Thanksgiving (by points percentage)

Poll

Which one of these teams will make the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Boston
    (3 votes)
  • 40%
    Pittsburgh
    (39 votes)
  • 3%
    NY Rangers
    (3 votes)
  • 13%
    Washington
    (13 votes)
  • 2%
    Philadelphia
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Montreal
    (0 votes)
  • 32%
    Florida
    (32 votes)
  • 5%
    Buffalo
    (5 votes)
97 votes total Vote Now

Western Conference Playoff Teams on Thanksgiving (by points percentage)

Poll

Which one of these teams won’t make the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    St. Louis
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Winnipeg
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Nashville
    (1 vote)
  • 7%
    Vegas
    (6 votes)
  • 3%
    Los Angeles
    (3 votes)
  • 6%
    Calgary
    (5 votes)
  • 4%
    San Jose
    (4 votes)
  • 68%
    Colorado
    (57 votes)
83 votes total Vote Now

Western Conference Non-Playoff Teams on Thanksgiving (by points percentage)

Poll

Which one of these teams will make the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Vancouver
    (3 votes)
  • 13%
    Anaheim
    (11 votes)
  • 57%
    Chicago
    (48 votes)
  • 7%
    Minnesota
    (6 votes)
  • 6%
    Dallas
    (5 votes)
  • 7%
    Edmonton
    (6 votes)
  • 4%
    Arizona
    (4 votes)
83 votes total Vote Now