1) With most NHL teams having played close to half their 2013-14 schedule we decided to do what we did at-quarter-pole. Basically taking each teams record and project an 82 game season point total based upon each teams current point total/games played. As we wrote then, These are NOT Predictions, they are Projections! Also remember with this season's realignment there is also a new playoff seeding format so the top 8 teams won't necessarily be the 8 playoff teams
2) First in the East:
Tampa Bay- 105
NY rangers- 82
NY Islanders- 64
3) Next the West:
Los Angeles- 114
- The first thing that struck us with these numbers is how few points (at this juncture) it will take to make the playoffs in the East, (86). That would be 8-10 points fewer than in the previous post Bettman lock out seasons, and a whopping 15 points less than what it may take out West. Yet another not so subtle reminder of where the best teams are!
- Year to year there really isn't a huge difference in the top 8 in the West (outside of Nashville's fall, and Detroit now in the East. In the East the 'biggest loser would be Mr Bettman with all 3 NY metro teams on the outside of the playoff spot and their back to back yankee stadium games a month away.