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NHL Predictive Analysis – 11 February


(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 Monday, 11 February. What are we showing here? Where the NHL is going, not where they are after the last game 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 11 February Chart

Here are the two Conferences’ projected, final standings points after games completed on 11 February:

NHL_11Feb

From or current chart, it looks like it will take at least 26.5 wins / 53 points in the Eastern Conference and 26 wins / 52 points in the Western Conference to qualify for the playoffs. Currently, only tie-breakers separate projected 8th and 9th places in the East, while tie-breakers separate 7th and 10th place and one OT/SOL is the difference between the West’s 10th and 11th seeds.

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?”

We know 28 – of – 30 / 93.3% of NHL clubs are not CC teams at G10.

We have all 30 Game 10 PQC calls below, to include two Chasing Stanley’s (CS’s), two Dusting Off Clubs (DoC’s) and one Tee Time (T2). We now turn our attention toward the G20 timeframe. The first G20 PQC call will be Philadelphia on 23 February and the last will be Boston on 5 March. (Note the make-up game for the Tampa Bay postponement last week is not until 25 April.)

Eastern Conference PQC

From the chart below, you can see several things. For starters, Boston is the East’s only CS team as of G10. Fourteen of the Conference’s 15 teams retain the possibility of earning a CS call as we reset things for the G11 – G20 stretch. Of those 14, four are already a lock not to fall to a T2 call by G20. And Washington remains a T2 call unless proven otherwise once Playoff time rolls around.

East_G20_PQC

Western Conference PQC

Calgary was our final G10 call last night as indicated below. Heading toward the G20 call, Chicago is the lone Western team designated as CS. Thirteen more teams still have a shot at a CS call. One cannot be better than an ITC team. And the four teams indicated will not be a T2 call at the G20 mark.

West_G20_PQC

G10’s:

After today, all of the ITC calls disappear from the blog while all of those teams reset for their G20 call. The CS, DoC and T2 calls remain, with the DoC calls falling off as Buffalo and Columbus reach a new PQC call for G20.

Monday, 11 February 2013, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB – Based on their play through G10, the Calgary Flames are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Sunday, 10 February 2013, HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY – Based on their play through G10, the Boston Bruins are the second team designated as Chasing Stanley, or IN the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Sunday, 10 February 2013, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI – Based on their play through G10, the Los Angeles Kings are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Saturday, 9 February 2013, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – Based on their play through G10, the Carolina Hurricanes are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Friday, 8 February 2013, American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX – Based on their play through G10, the Anaheim Ducks are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MB – Based on their play through G10, both the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN – Based on their play through G10, the Nashville Predators are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO – Based on their play through G10, both the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB – Based on their play through G10, the Winnipeg Jets are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – Based on their play through G10, the Florida Panthers are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – Based on their play through G10, both the New York Rangers and New York Islanders are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ – Based on their play through G10, both the New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Thursday, 7 February 2013, HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY – Based on their play through G10, the Montreal Canadiens are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Wednesday, 6 February 2013, Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB – Based on their play through G10, the Edmonton Oilers are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Wednesday, 6 February 2013, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO – Based on their play through G10, the Colorado Avalanche are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Tuesday, 5 February 2013, HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA – Based on their play through G10, the Chicago Blackhawks are the first team designated as Chasing Stanley, or IN the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the San Jose Sharks are In The Curve, or average for NHL play.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – Based on their play through G10, the Philadelphia Flyers are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Tuesday, 5 February 2013, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON – Based on their play through G10, the Ottawa Senators are In The Curve, or average for NHL play, and the Buffalo Sabres are Dusting Off Clubs, or just short of eliminated from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tuesday, 5 February 2013, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH – Based on their play through G10, the Columbus Blue Jackets are Dusting Off Clubs, or just short of eliminated from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tuesday, 5 February 2013, Verizon Center, Washington, DC – Based on their play through G10, the Toronto Maple Leafs are In The Curve, or average for NHL play, and the Washington Capitals are the first NHL team designated at Tee Time (T2), or ELIMINATED from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tuesday, 5 February 2013, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – Based on their play through G10, the Pittsburgh Penguins are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Monday, 4 February 2013, Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ – Based on their play through G10, the Phoenix Coyotes are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Monday, 4 February 2013, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO – Based on their play through G10, the Dallas Stars are In The Curve, or average for NHL play

Summary

This is the updated NHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 11 February. We already know we have one each CS team in each Conference and one T2 team in the East. All teams reached their G10 PQC call last night as Calgary hit their G10 mark.

A total of 28 teams have a shot at a CS call going into their Game 20. Only one cannot top an ITC call and one more is eliminated from the Playoffs.

Your next update will be posted after games played on Tuesday, 12 February.

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