Here are the 2019 Western Hockey League Playoff scenarios for Sunday, February 17.
The Portland Winterhawks will clinch a berth:
If Portland wins in any fashion against the Seattle Thunderbirds (4:00 p.m. PT/WHLLive.com).
The Portland Winterhawks have put together another strong season and are on the cusp on clinching a spot in the WHL Playoffs for the 10th-straight season. With a 34-16-3-3 record through 56 games, the Winterhawks have 74 points. The Kamloops Blazers, who sit third in the Wild Card Standings, have 47 points through 54 games, making their maximum points possible 75 for the season.
Led by the duo of WHL leading scorer Joachim Blichfeld’s (San Jose Sharks) 94 points (45G-54A) and captain Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights), who has 65 points (14G-51A) in 35 games, the Winterhawks are ranked third in the Western Conference.
The Winterhawks’ have the top-ranked offence in the conference with 219 goals for and sit third overall in the entire WHL for that statistic, behind only the Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades.
A trade in early January also solidified the Winterhawks’ goaltending situation, giving them two strong young goaltenders in Shane Farkas and Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues). Farkas has a 27-10-3-3 record, 2.74 goals-against-average, a 0.905 save percentage, and four shutouts in 45 games this season. Hofer has appeared in 10 games with Portland, posting a 6-4-0-0 record, 2.83 GAA, 0.917 SV%, and two shutouts.
After Sunday’s home date with the Thunderbirds, the Winterhawks will play eight of their final 11 games on the road.