Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Northwest Division race

The Wild has now gone 22-7-5 in its last 34 games, a .720 pace that, if extrapolated over 82 games, would work out to a 118-point season. Amazing hockey, and yet, they have been eating the Canucks' dust for, it seems, weeks on end. Vancouver has played its last 34 games at a .779 clip, which [to revisit that fantasyland where such extrapolations belong] equates to 128 points over a full season.
With no race to get into the playoffs to speak of, the division battles are going to be the real stories heading down the stretch in the Western Conference.

At the moment, Anaheim is the only Western team with a lock on their division, while New Jersey and Buffalo seem relatively safe in the East.

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At 6:25 p.m., March 14, 2007, Blogger Matt said...

And he didn't mention the Flames, who in the last 34 are 20-8-6, 0.676, extrapolates to 111 points.

In early December, I thought maybe the whole division was just a bit mediocre. Maybe not.

At 8:20 a.m., March 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since December 19th, the Tampa Bay Lightning have won more games than any of these shlubs:

Tampa Bay: 25-11-2
Vancouver: 24-8-5
Minnesota: 24-10-5
Pittsburgh: 24-9-5
Calgary: 21-11-7
Buffalo: 20-13-4


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