NHL Predictive Analysis – 31 January

(If you regularly read this NHL analysis, start under the title “The 31 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 Thursday, 31 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 31 January Chart

Here are the two Conferences’ projected, final standings points after games completed on 31 January:


From or current chart, it looks like it will take at least 27.5 wins / 55 points in both Conferences to qualify for the playoffs. (These numbers become more accurate as more games are played and each team lands at least one OT/SOL.)

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 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:

And we already know 22 – of – 30 / 73.3% of NHL clubs cannot be CC teams by G10.

Eastern Conference PQC and Stats

From the chart below, you can see several things. Firstly, only four Eastern teams still have a shot at a Chasing Stanley (CS) call. One more cannot surpass a call of Sharpening Skates (SS), or just shy of making the Playoffs this season. The other 10 cannot be better than In The Curve (ITC). And 10 (up from seven) teams as listed won’t be eliminated come the G10 mark.


Projected top stats for forwards, defensemen and goalies in the East are:


Western Conference PQC and Stats

This morning we post our first PQC chart for the Western Conference this season. Within, only four teams still have a shot at a CS call. The other 11 clubs cannot be better than an In The Curve (ITC) call. And nine (up from eight) teams as listed won’t be eliminated come the G10 mark.


Finally, projected stats in the West are:



This is the updated NHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 31 January. We already know a total of 19 (up from 14) teams won’t be eliminated from the Playoffs by Game 10. We also know, however, that 22 teams / 73.3% of the NHL cannot reach a call of Chasing Stanley at that same mark.

Your next update will be posted after games played on Friday, 1 February.

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