(If you regularly read this NHL analysis, start under the title “The 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 Sunday, 3 February. 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, 20, 30, etc.). As teams’ PQC calls change, their standings’ line color changes to the appropriate PQC designation as explained below.
The 3 February Chart
Here are the two Conferences’ projected, final standings points after games completed on 3 February:
From or current chart, it looks like it will take at least 24 wins / 48 points in the Eastern Conference, and 27 wins / 54 points in the Western Conference, to qualify for the playoffs. (These numbers continue to 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 26 – of – 30 / 86.7% 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 one Eastern team still has a shot at a Chasing Stanley (CS) call. Two more cannot surpass a call of Sharpening Skates (SS), or just shy of making the Playoffs this season. Eleven (down from 12) teams cannot be better than In The Curve (ITC). And one team flirts with elimination not able to surpass a Dusting Off Clubs (DoC) call. And the 11 teams listed that won’t be eliminated come the G10 mark.
Projected top stats for forwards, defensemen and goalies in the East are:
While no one is currently projected to score 50 – in – 50, it is still theoretically possible for Thomas Vanek and Steven Stamkos to both surpass 100 points on the shortened season.
Western Conference PQC and Stats
There is no change to the Western Conference from 2 February as all games on Sunday, 3 February were played in the Eastern Conference.
In the West, the same three CC’s, one SS, and 11 ITC calls are present as we had yesterday. And the same 13 teams as listed that won’t be eliminated by the G10 mark.
Finally, projected stats in the West are:
Patrick Marleau can still theoretically score 50 – in – 50, but nobody is currently projected to score over 100 points in the West during this shortened season.
This is the updated NHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 3 February. We already know a total of 24 teams won’t be eliminated from the Playoffs by Game 10. We also know, however, that 26 teams / 86.7% of the NHL cannot reach a call of Chasing Stanley at that same mark.
Your next update will be posted after games played on Monday, 4 February.
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