# Kings-Centric Points-Blown Standings

A new year means the return of the points-blown standings. I've been getting a lot of requests for these (most of which are along the lines of "WTF!"). I know some of you hate them. That's fine. There are enough standings variations in the world to keep everyone happy. My own, which I call points-blown (or points-squandered) simply corrects for games-played by focusing entirely on points you didn't get in the games you've played. A loss is two points-blown. An OTL/SOL is one point-blown.

"But why don't you just sort by W%? Isn't that easier?"

It's easier, but it doesn't tell me what I want to know, which is, how many games does team x (ahead of me in the standings) have to lose before we're even. For example, Nashville has a W% of .595. The Kings are at .569. What's that 2 and 3/5ths percent worth in the standings? What do the Kings need to do to catch up? I can't picture .026 in the standings. So, choose among:

• Nashville is .026 ahead of the Kings.
• Nashville is one point ahead of the Kings, with a game in hand.
• Nashville is three points-blown ahead of the Kings. /
Actually, you don't have to choose, because each is useful. That's the point.

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.
• TO 98 is the record needed to get to the presumed (by me) playoff-threshold. I'm trying to be conservative. It could be 95-97 points.
• PB is points-blown.
• 8th+/- is the distance in points-blown above or below the 8th seed.
• LA+/- is the distance in points-blown between that team and the Kings.
• GD is goal-differential.
• GP is games-played.
• OSR is "old school record", in which all ties after regulation are treated as ties. One point.
• OSP is "old school points".
• Qcl is clustered points, which corrects for variance in games-played and then rounds point totals to the nearest multiple of 5. The idea is to emphasize which teams are bunched together, or, to put it another way, are "more or less tied." It may be useless or annoying. Feel free to ignore.

Click on the headers to sort.

[I just noticed that the site needs to be set to "wide" view in the right margin of the page, in order for the chart not to get mangled]

Q NHL W/L/OTL PTS W% PRJ to 98 PB 8th+/- LA+- GD GP OSR OSP Qcl
1 3 SJS 23-11-5 51 0.6538 107.2 21-16-6 27 9 10 22 39 18-14-7 43 55
2 2 STL 25-12-5 55 0.6548 107.4 19-16-5 29 7 8 21 42 25-12-5 55 55
3 1 VAN 27-14-3 57 0.6477 106.2 18-15-5 31 5 6 36 44 25-14-5 55 55
4 4 CHI 25-13-5 55 0.6395 104.9 19-15-5 31 5 6 14 43 21-15-7 49 55
5 5 DET 26-15-1 53 0.6310 103.5 20-15-5 31 5 6 36 42 25-16-1 51 55
6 6 NAS 23-15-4 50 0.5952 97.6 22-14-4 34 2 3 0 42 20-18-4 44 50
7 9 DAL 23-17-1 47 0.5732 94.0 23-12-6 35 1 2 -5 41 21-17-3 45 50
8 7 MIN 22-15-6 50 0.5814 95.3 22-13-4 36 0 1 -4 43 17-17-9 43 50
9 8 LAK 21-15-7 49 0.5698 93.4 22-12-5 37 -1 0 -2 43 18-18-7 43 50
10 11 PHX 20-17-6 46 0.5349 87.7 24-11-4 40 -4 -3 -2 43 18-20-5 41 45
11 10 COL 23-20-1 47 0.5341 87.6 23-10-5 41 -5 -4 -9 44 16-21-7 39 45
12 12 CGY 20-19-5 45 0.5114 83.9 24-9-5 43 -7 -6 -18 44 19-22-3 41 45
13 13 EDM 16-22-3 35 0.4268 70.0 29-6-6 47 -11 -10 -8 41 15-22-4 34 35
14 14 ANA 13-22-6 32 0.3902 64.0 31-5-5 50 -14 -13 -31 41 12-24-5 29 35
15 15 CBJ 11-26-5 27 0.3214 52.7 33-2-5 57 -21 -20 -41 42 8-27-7 23 25