Saturday, December 15, 2007

By points percentage

RK Team GP W L OT P Pt%
1 DET 31 22 6 3 47 0.758
2 OTT 30 20 7 3 43 0.717
3 SJS 30 17 9 4 38 0.633
4 NJD 31 17 11 3 37 0.597
5 BOS 31 17 11 3 37 0.597
6 DAL 32 17 11 4 38 0.594
7 PHI 29 16 11 2 34 0.586
8 STL 29 16 11 2 34 0.586
9 MIN 31 17 12 2 36 0.581
10 VAN 32 17 12 3 37 0.578
11 NYR 31 16 12 3 35 0.565
12 COL 31 17 13 1 35 0.565
13 MTL 31 15 11 5 35 0.565
14 CBJ 31 14 11 6 34 0.548
15 CHI 30 15 13 2 32 0.533
16 NYI 30 15 13 2 32 0.533
17 TOR 32 14 12 6 34 0.531
18 CGY 33 15 13 5 35 0.530
19 CAR 33 16 14 3 35 0.530
20 NSH 29 14 13 2 30 0.517
21 BUF 30 15 14 1 31 0.517
22 PIT 31 15 14 2 32 0.516
23 ANA 34 15 15 4 34 0.500
24 EDM 33 15 16 2 32 0.485
25 TBL 32 14 15 3 31 0.484
26 FLA 31 14 15 2 30 0.484
27 ATL 31 14 16 1 29 0.468
28 PHX 29 13 16 0 26 0.448
29 LAK 32 12 18 2 26 0.406
30 WSH 32 12 18 2 26 0.406

So much for the Devils' struggles, which just shows what a good stretch can do for a team.

This is really a picture of parity, with the NHL's third-best team just nine points ahead of the 27th best, and we're closing in on 40 per cent of the way through the season. Twenty-five teams have somewhere between 14 and 17 wins, and the lowest division leader in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes, is projected to finish ninth with just 87 points.

They of course would be bumped up to third, which would put Toronto in ninth.

Imagine the outrage.

As of right now, out west, Columbus would sneak into the postseason just ahead of Chicago, but that seems to change weekly, and one would assume the Alberta teams are going to take that spot at some point. Nashville and Anaheim are also likely to improve.

Right now, all things considered, Claude Julien gets my vote for the Jack Adams given how he's turned things around in Boston, but given the Bruins' style of play, that might be more an indictment of the way the league's going than anything.

5 Comments:

At 7:41 PM, December 15, 2007, Anonymous Andrew said...

"...the Carolina Hurricanes, is projected to finish ninth with just 87 points.

They of course would be bumped up to third, which would put Toronto in ninth.

Imagine the outrage.
"

Oh! I can hear the Toronto media now!

 
At 9:12 PM, December 15, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

Parity my @zz.
The NHL Standings are a carnival trick being played on suckers.
Haven't a dozen of Edmonton's "wins" come in the Wack-A-Mole? Heretofore not a part of normal (aka playoff) hockey.
Pittsburgh has more talent than the Oilers but incredibly has even more incompetent coaching. A fact partially hidden by a couple of Western road swing wins garnered when Kris Letang proved better at aiming his water pistol into the clown's mouth than the other contestants.
The standings are so discredited at this point that it would be as credible to hold a BCS-style lottery and just pick 8 teams per conference out of a hat. Then start the playoffs.

 
At 9:52 PM, December 15, 2007, Blogger Baroque said...

Edmonton has nine shootout wins compared to six regulation wins.

Although they are 9-1 in shootouts, they are also 0-1 in overtime - I wonder if they just play for the shootout any time they go to overtime.

 
At 12:19 PM, December 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Oil has not yet used Joni Pitkanen in shoot-out. He had eight shoot-out goals with Phantoms during the lock-out.

I quess Mac T is just happy to have this future Norris winner skate out there for 26-28mins. per game.

And K-Lowe is looking like a genius until he has to give Pits 12yr. deal...

 
At 11:00 PM, December 16, 2007, Blogger strech said...

And if the Southeast division leader doesn't finish 9th or below this year, it might well in the future with the reduced number of divisional games.

Another thought : 4 of the atlantic division teams are currently projected for the playoffs and the fifth isn't far out. It seems plausible this year or in the future (with reduced divisional games) that an entire division could make the playoffs; has that ever happened with the current division / playoff format?

 

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