It’s safe to say we have reached the stretch drive of the WHL season. We have one month left in the regular season and there are lots of battle for playoff positions. Let’s take a closer look at those clubs’ strength of schedule to see who could have the advantage going down the stretch.
Prince George is in 1st place, 6 points ahead of Kamloops who are 4 points ahead of Kelowna who is 4 points ahead of Victoria.
The Cougars strength of schedule (SOS) is .511 and have 5 games remaining with the Blazers, 2 with the Rockets and none with the Royals.
The Blazers SOS is .564 and have 5 games left with the Cougars, 1 with the Rockets and 2 with the Royals.
The Rockets SOS is .517 and have 2 games left with the Cougars, 1 with the Blazers and 2 with the Royals.
The Royals SOS is .520 and have no remaining games against the Cougars, 2 with the Blazers and 2 with the Rockets.
A couple of races to look into in this division. Everett has a 1 point lead on Seattle for 1st place and also have a game in hand.
The Silvertips SOS is .495, the Thunderbirds SOS is the 2nd easiest in the WHL at .479. They have 3 head-to-head meetings remaining.
Tri City is in 3rd place, 4 points ahead of Portland with the Winterhawks having 2 games in hand.
The Americans have the toughest SOS in the WHL at .593, the Winterhawks SOS is .498. They have 2 head-to-head meetings.
West Wild Cards
Portland is 8 points ahead of Spokane for the 2nd wild card spot.
Winterhawks SOS is .498, the Chiefs have the easiest SOS at .473 and they have 2 head-to-head meetings remaining.
Victoria is 1 point ahead of Portland for the 1st Wild Card spot.
The Royals SOS is .520, the Winterhawks SOS is .498 and they do not play each other the rest of the regular season.
Medicine Hat has clinched a playoff spot and are 8 points ahead of Lethbridge for 1st place in the division. The Hurricanes have 1 game in hand.
The Tigers SOS is .514, the Hurricanes SOS is .513 and they play each other in the last 2 games of the regular season.
Red Deer is in 3rd place in the division 5 points ahead of Calgary and the Hitmen have 2 games in hand.
The Rebels SOS is .488, the Hitmen SOS is .523 and they have 3 head-to-head meetings remaining.
Moose Jaw is in 2nd place in the division, 7 points ahead of Swift Current with the Broncos having 2 games in hand.
The Warriors SOS is .568, the Broncos SOS is the toughest in the East Conference .574 and they play each other 3 more times.
Swift Current is 5 points ahead of Brandon for 3rd place in the division and the Broncos have a game in hand.
The Broncos SOS is at .574, the Wheat Kings SOS is 4th in the WHL at .573 and they have 1 more head-to-head meeting.
East Wild Cards
Saskatoon is 3 points ahead of Calgary for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
The Blades SOS is .515, the Hitmen SOS is .523 and they play each other 2 more times.