Real Standings, vol. 2 - what an early losing streak can do


As it turns out.... surprisingly little, as you see below the jump.

The standings are relatively stable in the Atlantic, mostly because all the teams are scuffling a bit.  Even the Flyers, who moved from three points back to one point up, have done so on the wings of a middling 3-2 record in the past five games.  Pittsburgh hasn't gotten ahead (1-2-1 stretch).  And all the teams have the same Bettman Bonus Rating - one OTL each - so the actual won-loss records are relatively the same.

Eastern Conference GP W L OL PTS SOW OTL TPL actW actL actT actPt 3-1-0
Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Flyers 10 5 4 1 11 0 1 1 5 5 0 10 15
Pittsburgh Penguins 11 5 5 1 11 0 1 1 5 6 0 10 15
New York Islanders 10 4 4 2 10 0 1 1 4 5 1 9 13
New York Rangers 9 4 4 1 9 0 1 1 4 5 0 8 12
New Jersey Devils 11 3 7 1 7 0 1 1 3 8 0 6 9
Northeast Division
Montreal Canadiens 10 7 2 1 15 0 1 1 7 3 0 14 21
Toronto Maple Leafs 9 5 3 1 11 0 1 1 5 4 0 10 15
Boston Bruins 7 5 2 0 10 0 0 0 5 2 0 10 15
Ottawa Senators 10 4 5 1 9 0 1 1 4 6 0 8 12
Buffalo Sabres 11 3 6 2 8 0 2 2 3 8 0 6 9
Southeast Division
Tampa Bay Lightning 9 6 2 1 13 0 1 1 6 3 0 12 18
Washington Capitals 10 6 4 0 12 0 0 0 6 4 0 12 18
Atlanta Thrashers 10 5 4 1 11 1 1 2 4 5 1 9 13
Carolina Hurricanes 8 5 4 0 10 1 0 1 4 4 1 9 13
Florida Panthers 8 3 5 0 6 0 0 0 3 5 0 6 9
Western Conference GP W L OL PTS SOW OTL TPL actW actL actT actPt 3-1-0
Central Division
Chicago Blackhawks 12 6 5 1 13 1 1 2 5 6 1 11 16
Nashville Predators 9 5 1 3 13 0 3 3 5 4 0 10 15
Columbus Blue Jackets 9 6 3 0 12 1 0 1 5 3 1 11 16
St. Louis Blues 8 5 1 2 12 0 1 1 5 2 1 11 16
Detroit Red Wings 8 5 2 1 11 0 0 0 5 2 1 11 16
Northwest Division
Calgary Flames 10 6 4 0 12 1 0 1 5 4 1 11 16
Colorado Avalanche 10 5 4 1 11 1 1 2 4 5 1 9 13
Vancouver Canucks 9 4 3 2 10 0 0 0 4 3 2 10 14
Minnesota Wild 9 4 3 2 10 0 0 0 4 3 2 10 14
Edmonton Oilers 9 3 4 2 8 0 0 0 3 4 2 8 11
Pacific Division
Los Angeles Kings 10 7 3 0 14 2 0 2 5 3 2 12 17
Dallas Stars 9 5 4 0 10 2 0 2 3 4 2 8 11
San Jose Sharks 8 4 3 1 9 0 1 1 4 4 0 8 12
Anaheim Ducks 11 4 6 1 9 0 0 0 4 6 1 9 13
Phoenix Coyotes 9 3 3 3 9 0 3 3 3 6 0 6 9
10/29/2010 273 137 106 31 305 10 21 31 127 127 20 274 401

 

Right now, it's the Western Conference that's got all the fun.  Nashville lost in regulation (a shutout to Jaroslav Halak and the Blues), but their three OTL are keeping them ahead of the Blues anyway.  The Blue Jackets and Red Wings are also being ill-served - The Wings are a true 5-2-1, compared to Nashville's true 5-4, for example. 

Calgary and Colorado are also ahead of Vancouver and Minnesota only due to the extra points  Phoenix also looks much better than they ought to: 3-3-3 looks like a scrappy team; make those "ties" back into losses and they're 3-6, and that's worse than Edmonton or Florida, who are (charitably) not very good.

Last year's "worse than their record" leader was Carolina - at one point last season they had a "real standings" record of 2-19-6, truly horrendous - a pace that would have broken the '75 Caps' record, winning only six games outright.  In their case, however, the extra points were a sign of better things to come.  They got Cam Ward and started playing much better hockey.  Phoenix has Ilya Bryzgalov, so there's one indication that they may have that potential.  Nashville has Pekka Rinne, however... and that may be trouble down the line.

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