(If you regularly read this NHL analysis, start under the title “The 25 January Chart,” and don’t miss the ending section “What Do We Already Know?”.)
Below is your NHL Point Predictor and Playoff Qualifying Curve (PQC) update for NHL games ending Friday, 25 January. What are we showing here? Where the NHL is going, not where they are after the last games played.
How Will We Do It? Check back here daily as we provide you the simple chart below where you can follow the NHL’s projected standings leading up to the Playoffs. The chart tells you two things: each team’s finishing points based on current play projected over the 48 game season; and our PQC calls as every team reaches each 10-game marker (i.e. Game 10, 21, 30, etc.). As teams’ PQC calls change, their standings’ line color changes to the appropriate PQC designation as explained below.
The 25 January Chart
Here are the two Conferences’ projected, final standings points after games completed on 25 January:
As you can see, we are already beginning to have some differences between projected finishes and current standings in terms of positional rank. Projections for separation between 8th and lower seeds are not generated with a large measure of accuracy until approximately Game 10 and each team produces at least one OT/SO loss.
Here are notes to explain the chart:
1. NHL Conferences are shown Western and Eastern from left to right as they would be on a map. The far left column in each chart titled ‘NHL Stnd’ indicates current team NHL standings as of the posted date. And teams use standard NHL abbreviations and color schemes.
2. ‘GP’ = Games Played.
3. ‘eW’ = Estimated Wins, our own formulary as the season progresses.
4. ‘eL’ = Estimated Losses
5. ‘eOTL’ = Estimated Overtime Losses, the third point in three-point games
6. ‘ePts’ = Estimated Points
7. ‘ePt Rnk’ = Estimated Points Rank, our order of how they will fare overall
8. And the ‘PQC Code’: ‘CS’ = Chasing Stanley, or IN the Playoffs; ‘SS’ = Sharpening Skates, or just shy of IN the Playoffs; ‘ITC’ = In The Curve, or playing right about on average; ‘DoC’ = Dusting Off Clubs, or almost OUT of the Playoffs; ‘T2’ = Tee Time, or OUT of the Playoffs; and ‘SotP’ = Shot Off The Post, or a bad call of CC or T2. Remember, the PQC Codes get called every 10 games.
“What Do We Already Know?”
The first Game 10 (G10) calls will be Dallas and Phoenix on Monday, 4 February. The final G10 call is on Monday, 11 February when Calgary plays its 10th game against Minnesota. Here are a couple of other notes:
Reference Win, Loss or OTL streaks… See our blog “Opening Streaks” and read how potentially, one-third of the NHL’s playoff fate may have been decided for teams after only three games. (See https://ongoalanalysis.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/opening-streaks/)
We refrain from G10 predictions until at least G5. Once we hit the G5 mark for all teams, we will begin running a PQC projection graphic for each conference. While many teams conclude their G5 by this coming Sunday, we arrive at that point on the schedule in Montreal and New Jersey on 29 January in the Eastern Conference and for Calgary on 31 January out West.
And we already know almost one third of all NHL clubs cannot be CC teams by Game 10. We also know five Eastern and three Western teams will not be eliminated from a potential playoff appearance by G10.
Projected top stats for forwards, defensemen and goalies in the East are:
Those stats in the West are:
For projected statistics as with projected standings above, we need between five and 10 games for a more accurate picture here. Projected (“Projec”) numbers continue to trend downward toward a more realistic, final projection.
This is the updated NHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 25 January. Analysis of final team outcomes begin once they reach the G5 mark.
Your next update will be posted after games played on Saturday, 26 January.
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