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Points Blown Standings (20 Games)

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Let's check in on the Kings' progress at the quarter mark.

Healthy Muzzin helps Kings get back on track
Healthy Muzzin helps Kings get back on track
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The Los Angeles Kings have now played 20 games, which is enough to start judging their progress. So without further ado, let's get to the standings.

What is Points blown?

For those of you who don't know, Points-Blown was created by Kings fan and former Jewels From the Crown moderator Quisp as a means of better understanding the standings by controlling for differences in games played. Here's how Quisp described the system in a post on his website, McSorley's Stick.

Points-blown refers to the number of points a team could have earned, but did not. They are points-squandered. You get two PBs for a loss, and one PB for an OT/SOL. The lower your total, the better. Like golf. Or cholesterol.

Why is this a handy way to look at the standings, and not just a confusing pain in the ass? Well, maybe it’s not. Your mileage may vary, but for me it’s like this: W% is an excellent indicator of a team’s record, but I find it difficult to conceptualize the difference between (for example), a .575 team and a .593 team. "All we need is another 18/1000s of a [something or other] and we’ll be tied! Go team!"

But just looking at points doesn’t work either, because the schedule is wacky and teams have different numbers of games-played. Anaheim and Chicago at one point had played 5 or 6 more games than everyone else. That skews the standings. And I hate giving Anaheim any credit.


WESTERN CONFERENCE

TEAM GP W L OT P ROW Points Blown Proj.
ANAHEIM 21 12 4 5 29 9 13 113.24
NASHVILLE 19 12 5 2 26 11 12 112.21
VANCOUVER 20 13 6 1 27 11 13 110.7
ST. LOUIS 19 12 6 1 25 10 13 107.89
LOS ANGELES 20 11 5 4 26 10 14 106.6
CALGARY 21 12 7 2 26 10 16 101.52
MINNESOTA 18 11 7 0 22 10 14 100.22
CHICAGO 19 11 7 1 23 8 15 99.263
WINNIPEG 21 10 8 3 23 8 19 89.81
SAN JOSE 22 10 9 3 23 8 21 85.727
DALLAS 20 7 9 4 18 6 22 73.8
ARIZONA 20 8 10 2 18 7 22 73.8
COLORADO 20 6 9 5 17 4 23 69.7
EDMONTON 19 6 11 2 14 6 24 60.421


EASTERN CONFERENCE

TEAM GP W L OT P ROW Points Blown Proj.
PITTSBURGH 17 13 3 1 27 11 7 130.24
MONTRÉAL 21 15 5 1 31 11 11 121.05
TAMPA BAY 21 13 6 2 28 12 14 109.33
NY ISLANDERS 18 12 6 0 24 9 12 109.33
DETROIT 19 10 4 5 25 10 13 107.89
OTTAWA 18 9 5 4 22 8 14 100.22
BOSTON 20 12 8 0 24 11 16 98.4
FLORIDA 17 7 5 5 19 6 15 91.647
WASHINGTON 19 9 7 3 21 8 17 90.632
TORONTO 20 10 8 2 22 10 18 90.2
NY RANGERS 19 8 7 4 20 7 18 86.316
NEW JERSEY 19 8 9 2 18 7 20 77.684
PHILADELPHIA 18 7 9 2 16 7 20 72.889
CAROLINA 19 6 10 3 15 6 23 64.737
COLUMBUS 18 6 11 1 13 6 23 59.222
BUFFALO 20 5 13 2 12 3 28 49.2

And in case you're somewhat of a masochist like me, here's a full breakdown for LA's points blown.


KINGS POINTS BLOWN - GAME-BY-GAME

Date Opponent Points Poss. Points Gained Points Blown Row Game # Proj.
Wed Oct 8, 2014 Sharks 2 0 2 0 1 0
Sat Oct 11, 2014 Coyotes 2 1 1 0 2 41
Sun Oct 12, 2014 Jets 2 2 0 1 3 82
Tue Oct 14, 2014 Oilers 2 2 0 2 4 102.5
Thu Oct 16, 2014 Blues 2 2 0 2 5 114.8
Sun Oct 19, 2014 Wild 2 2 0 3 6 123
Thu Oct 23, 2014 Sabres 2 2 0 4 7 128.86
Sun Oct 26, 2014 Blue Jackets 2 2 0 5 8 133.25
Tue Oct 28, 2014 Flyers 2 1 1 5 9 127.56
Thu Oct 30, 2014 Penguins 2 0 2 5 10 114.8
Fri Oct 31, 2014 Red Wings 2 0 2 5 11 104.36
Sun Nov 2, 2014 Hurricanes 2 0 2 5 12 95.667
Tue Nov 4, 2014 Stars 2 2 0 6 13 100.92
Thu Nov 6, 2014 Islanders 2 1 1 6 14 99.571
Sat Nov 8, 2014 Canucks 2 2 0 7 15 103.87
Wed Nov 12, 2014 Ducks 2 1 1 7 16 102.5
Thu Nov 13, 2014 Stars 2 0 2 7 17 96.471
Sat Nov 15, 2014 Ducks 2 2 0 8 18 100.22
Tue Nov 18, 2014 Panthers 2 2 0 9 19 103.58
Thu Nov 20, 2014 Hurricanes 2 2 0 10 20 106.6

As you can see, the Kings are a pretty good team and it's kind of amazing what a couple of points can do.