Saturday, January 2, 2010

Interior Conference Playoff Picture:

With just 20 games left for the four teams battling for the Interior Conference's last three playoff spots. Here's a look at those four teams and what the road will look like for the final seven weeks of the regular season.

5. Merritt Centennials 15-23-0-2 (.400 - 32 points)

Home record: 12-8-0-0 (.600)
Games remaining at home: 10

Away record: 3-15-0-2 (.200)
Games remaining away: 10

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 4-9-0-1 (.321)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 10

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 9-3-0-1 (.731)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 7

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 2-11-0-0 (.153)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 3

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6. Quesnel Millionaires: 14-23-0-4 (.390 - 32 points)

Home record: 10-12-0-1(.457)
Games remaining at home: 7

Away record: 4-11-0-3 (.306)
Games remaining away: 12

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-9-0-2 (.083)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 5

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 12-7-0-2 (.619)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 8

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 2-7-0-0 (.222)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 7

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7. Prince George Spruce Kings: 12-24-1-3 (.350 - 28 points)

Home record: 5-16-1-0 (.250)
Games remaining at home: 8

Away record: 7-8-0-3 (.472)
Games remaining away: 12

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 0-11-0-2 (.077)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 3

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 12-8-1-1 (.591)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 6

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 0-5-0-0 (.000)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 11

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8. Trail Smoke Eaters: 12-24-1-3 (.350 - 28 points)

Home record: 7-9-0-3 (.447)
Games remaining at home: 11

Away record: 5-15-1-0 (.262)
Games remaining away: 9

Record vs. Interior Top 4: 1-13-1-1 (.125)
Games remaining vs. Interior Top 4: 9

Record vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 7-7-0-2 (.500)
Games remaining vs. Interior Teams Battling for Last Playoff Spots: 3

Record vs. Coastal Conference: 4-4-0-0 (.500)
Games remaining vs. Coastal Conference: 8

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It's interesting to note that Merritt plays the most games against Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Westside down the stretch, but of the four teams battling, the Centennials have the best record against those teams. Prince George and Quesnel have no wins against the top four while Trail has just one win and a tie.

In fact, not one of the Spruce Kings wins this season has come against any team other than the Cents, Smoke Eaters, Millionaires or Timberwolves. Trail has the most home games of the four clubs at 11 and nine of their final 20 games come against the top four teams. Merritt has a equal split of home and away games with ten games remaining against the top four teams and seven against teams below them in the standings.

PG, Quesnel and Trail also each have an Island road trips still to do. The Spruce Kings will actually make two jaunts through the Coastal Conference as they haven't played any games on the road outside of the Interior Conference so far this season.

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