Who will take the final playoff spot in the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League? It's like it will be a race between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Quebec Remparts.
With 11 games to play, both teams have 42 points and sit in a tie for 16th overall. The top-16 teams in the QMJHL standings qualify for the playoffs.
The Sea Dogs will face the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and Halifax Mooseheads this week while the Remparts will take on the Victoriaville Tigres and Rimouski Oceanic.
DOGS/VOLTS IN PLAYOFFS?
The good news? The Sea Dogs won't see the Drummondville Voltigeurs again in the regular season. Saint John dropped both games in the season series and were outscored a combined 15-3.
The bad news? If the Sea Dogs make the playoffs, they'll likely face the Voltigeurs in the first round.
The way things are shaping up, the 16th-place team will crossover into the Western Conference and be the No. 8 seed. The Voltigeurs look poised to be the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, which would setup a first round meeting with the No. 8 seed.
The Sea Dogs crossed over into the Western Conference last season where they played the Gatineau Olympiques in the opening round.
Saint John and Drummondville have never met in the playoffs.