Numbers Game: Projected Final Standings

Posted by Adam in Numbers Game on March 24, 2009 — 2 Comments

As we enter the final stretch of the NHL season, the playoff picture still remains very unclear.  In the East, all of the seeds are up for grabs and with the Habs continuing to fall in the standings, the Panthers, Sabres and even the surging Sens, have a very realistic shot at the final playoff seed.  In the West, the Sharks and Red Wings will continue to battle for the President’s trophy, the Flames risk losing 3rd place to the hot Canucks, and 5 teams sit within 7 points of the 8th place Predators.  

How will it all turn out come April 12th?  In today’s Numbers Game, we project the final NHL standings based on each team’s record in the previous number of games that they have remaining.  So, for example, the Bruins have 9 games left to play, so we looked at their record in the previous 9 games.

What does this mean for your team?  Well, I hope for your sake that you are not a Habs fan as the Sens would actually slip into 8th spot if both teams continue at their current pace.  In the West, the Sharks would maintain their claim to top seed, the Cancuks would overtake the Flames for the Northwest division title, and the Oilers would hold on to the final playoff seed.  And for all those Leafs fans, rest assured, the Leafs will be in a great position to draft a London Knights prospect. Unfortunately, with the 9th overall pick, the Knights prospect that would be availabe is Nazim Kadri.

Projected 1st round matchups:

EASTERN

(1) Bruins vs. (8) Senators

(2) Devils vs. (7) Hurricanes

(3) Captials vs. (6) Rangers

(4) Flyers vs. (5) Penguins

WESTERN

(1) Sharks vs. (8) Oilers

(2) Red Wings vs. (7) Predators

(3) Canucks vs. (6) Blackhawks

(4) Flames vs. (5) Blue Jackets

 

Projeted NHL standings:

EASTERN

Rank

Team

W

L

OT

PTS

1

y-Boston

50

21

11

110

2

New Jersey

52

27

3

107

3

Washington

50

25

7

106

4

Philadelphia

46

26

10

102

5

Pittsburgh

44

28

10

96

6

NY Rangers

44

30

8

96

7

Carolina

44

29

9

95

8

Ottawa

41

31

10

92

9

Montreal

39

32

11

87

10

Florida

37

31

14

85

11

Toronto

35

34

13

83

12

Buffalo

37

36

9

82

13

Atlanta

37

39

6

80

14

Tampa Bay

26

36

20

68

15

NY Islanders

29

44

9

66

 WESTERN          

Rank

Team

W

L

OT

PTS

1

y-San Jose

54

17

11

118

2

x-Detroit

54

18

10

117

3

Vancouver

46

26

10

101

4

Calgary

47

29

6

100

5

Columbus

45

31

6

96

6

Chicago

42

27

13

95

7

Nashville

40

32

10

87

8

Edmonton

39

30

13

87

9

Anaheim

40

35

7

86

10

St. Louis

38

34

10

85

11

Minnesota

38

33

11

84

12

Dallas

37

36

9

82

13

Los Angeles

34

37

11

78

14

Phoenix

32

41

9

71

15

Colorado

34

46

2

70

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    Bold pick with Ottawa. Should be an interesting few weeks.

  • bob arctor

    It would be a travesty if the Oilers make the playoffs with less wins than Anaheim. 3 point games cheapen the sport.