Monday, November 24, 2008

At The Quarter Pole......

1) With nearly all teams having now played 20% of their schedules we decided to project the finals standings. Obviously there is plenty of time for teams outside of the playoffs to get back in, but some trends are clearly becoming evident.

2) We merely projected an 82 game season point total based upon each teams current point total/games played. These are NOT Predictions, they are Projections! Also we will place teams in the order that is used for playoff seeding.
First in the East:

Montreal- 108
NY Rangers- 106
NJ Devils- 98
Philadelphia- 95
Carolina- 94
Buffalo- 86
NY Islanders- 74
Ottawa- 74
Tampa Bay- 74
Atlanta- 69
Florida- 65

3) Next the West:

San Jose- 136
Detroit- 133
Vancouver- 109
Minnesota- 105
Anaheim- 93
Calgary- 90
Nashville- 86
Columbus- 86
Edmonton- 82
Los Angeles- 82
St. Louis- 82
Colorado- 78
Phoenix- 78
Dallas- 69

4) Also of interest is comparisons with last years post. This time last season the Senators and Islanders were in the top 2 in the East!Compare that with now to see how fast things can change. Also the Caps were dead last overall and yet still made the playoffs with 94 points. We understand that with 3/4 of the games remaining the subtle differences of one point or a game or two in hand are magnified, but those are accurate projections, and teams likely needing 90+ points to qualify for the playoffs consistent with past years. It also shows a VERY close race for the final playoff spots in both Conferences. Again, mirroring what we have seen the last few years.


T. Lloyd said...

I'm not breaking out the champagne just yet but I'm happy how the season is going so far. Did you guys see how Montreal lost last night?

Lyle said...

Thanks for reminding me Tom. It was a heck of a way to lose a game. I feel sorry for Ryan O’Byrne, but come on you have to be paying attention to whats going on around you!

Mr. Spock said...

I'm with Tom on that one. Yes, it was too bad for the Canadien defensemen but as a Senators fan I enjoy it when anything bad happens to them. Their fans were giving me all sorts of noise about losing to the Islanders.


1) Tom: Yes, your Bruins have looked quite good thus far. Good idea to not get overly excited just yet. Its a long season!
2) Yes, we saw the O’Byrne gaffe. Poor kid. The fans up there really gave it to him. Good for him for not ducking the press afterwards.

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