I personally don't think this team is going to be in the playoffs. If that's being optimistic, I'd seriously hate what being pessimistic is like.
I'm simply stating my case why selling isn't worth doing since we are very much in the race.
The games in hand thing is irrelevant. Every team plays 82 games. The jumping over teams thing is also irrelevant. It only takes one win to jump over two them right now. By the end of March, only 2 or 3 of those teams will still be contending if that. Those teams all play each other at some point, and the logjam will break apart.
The Islanders suck. The Blue Jackets are like us. Detroit is also like us. San Jose is the only good team in that bunch right there.
I'd just point out that the Sharks we're in the race last year and still traded Clowe who didnt score a goal in ages and got 2 2nd round picks and still made the playoffs.
It's allllllllll a gamble, you could hold on to a guy and he could get hurt 2 days after the deadline. Or he could take a slapper and get our best player between the eyes or he could fall off a roller coaster that weekend. Nothing is sure but in our situation and for our future, its a lot more safe to bet on getting picks and go down that road.