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Sunday Morning Edition: The Good, The Bad, The Real Standings

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Today's Results

The Good: LAK won, NAS lost.

The Bad: DAL won.

Sunday's Big Games

CBJ @ NAS -- No Bettmans.

PHX @ CHI -- No Bettmans.

STL @ CGY -- No Bettmans. Go Blues, I guess.

COL @ ANA -- Duh. Go Avs.

Monday's Big Games

CHI @ MIN -- No Bettmans.

DET @ LAK -- GO KINGS.

Now, the updated standings:

Q NHL   PTS W% PRJ PB +/- TO 95 GR W! R:W L OT:W L SO:W L
1 1 VAN 87 0.6905 113.2 39 13 3-14-2 19 37 35 15 2 4 2 5
2 2 DET 82 0.6613 108.5 42 10 5-12-3 20 34 27 18 7 4 4 2
3 3 SJS 78 0.6190 101.5 48 4 7-9-3 19 32 28 21 4 4 4 2
4 5 LAK 74 0.5968 97.9 50 2 9-8-3 20 28 27 23 1 2 7 2
5 4 PHX 75 0.5952 97.6 51 1 9-8-2 19 30 28 21 2 6 3 3
6 6 MIN 72 0.5806 95.2 52 0 10-7-3 20 31 26 23 5 1 2 5
7 7 DAL 72 0.5806 95.2 52 0 10-7-3 20 28 24 23 4 2 5 4
8 9 CHI 70 0.5738 94.1 52 0 11-7-3 21 28 26 23 2 2 4 4
9 12 CBJ 68 0.5667 92.9 52 0 12-7-3 22 27 23 23 4 3 4 3
10 10 NAS 70 0.5645 92.6 54 -2 11-6-3 20 25 25 23 0 5 6 3
11 8 CGY 71 0.5635 92.4 55 -3 11-6-2 19 25 23 23 2 3 6 6
12 11 ANA 69 0.5565 91.3 55 -3 12-6-2 20 28 25 25 3 3 4 2
13 13 STL 65 0.5328 87.4 57 -5 14-5-2 21 25 23 24 2 4 3 5
14 14 COL 59 0.4758 78.0 65 -13 17-1-2 20 23 18 29 5 7 3 0
15 15 EDM 48 0.3871 63.5 76 -24 n/a 20 19 17 34 2 1 1 7

Click on the headers to sort.

KEY: Q is my standings, default sorted by points-blown (explanation of points-blown here). NHL is the official standings, via NHL.COM. PRJ is projected point total for 82 games. PB is points-blown. +/- is the distance in points-blown above or below the 8th seed. TO 95 is the record needed to get to the presumed (by me) playoff-threshold. GR is games-remaining. W! is wins plus OT wins (the first tie-breaker). R, OT and SO are regulation, over-time and shoot-out,  and W and L after each indicates wins and losses for each of those three categories (e.g. R:W is regulation wins, OT:W is over-time wins, etc.). 

Some observations:

 

  • First of all, I didn't even know the Kings game was a day game. But it was nice to come home to a victory. 
  • Five really important games between now and when the Kings play the Wings tomorrow.
  • I guess the Stars don't want to lose Brad Richards. They're still hanging around 7th. 
  • Their schedule still dooms them, though, in my opinion. 
  • ANA, NAS, CGY and STL are all in the "nails in the coffin" zone. And they all play today. If only STL and CGY could both lose. 
  • Four points-blown separate 3rd from 9th. Although that's tight, it's the least tight it's been in awhile. Starting to see the slightest amount of gap between the two groups (3-9 and 10-13).
  • The Kings are only six eight points-blown behind the Wings. Makes the game tomorrow even more interesting. 
  • Vancouver has very quietly gone 5-5-0 in its last ten games. I wonder if they're getting ready for a big pre-playoff slump like the Kings pulled last year.