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NHL Predictive Analysis – 18 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, 18 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 18 February Chart

Here are the two Conferences’ projected, final standings points after games completed on 18 February:

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From or current chart, it looks like it will take at least 27 wins / 54 points in the Eastern Conference and 26 wins / 52 points in the Western Conference to qualify for the playoffs.Currently,1.5 wins separates the 8th and 9th seeds in the East, while one OT/SOLseparatesthe Western 8th through 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?”

Due to a substantial adjustment based on outcomes over the last two days, we know 11 – of – 30 / 36.7% of NHL clubs have a shot at a CC call by G20, including the two (Boston and Chicago) who have already reached that mark.

We also know 15 teams – seven Eastern and eight Western – will not be eliminated from playoff contention by G20.

And overall, the first G20 PQC call will be Philadelphia on 23 February and the last will be Boston on 5 March.

Eastern Conference PQC and Stats

Boston remains the East’s only CS team as of G10. Six more (for a total of seven) of the Conference’s 15 teams retain the possibility of earning a CS call. One team cannot beat a Sharpening Skates (SS) call, while six cannot top In the Curve (ITC). And Washington remains a T2 call unless proven otherwise once Playoff time rolls around.

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Western Conference PQC and Stats

Chicago still remains both undefeated in regulation time and the West’s only CS team as of G10. Along with the Blackhawks, four more(down from five) teams (for a total of five) still have a shot of ending the G20 stretch as a CS call. Three (up from two) more teams cannot beat an SS call. Six (down from seven) are not going to be better than ITC. And one team now will not beat a Dusting Off Clubs (DoC) call which places them just short of eliminated from the 2013 Playoffs.

 WeEastG20PQC

G10’s (IN or OUT calls):

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

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.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013, Verizon Center, Washington, DC – Based on their play through G10, the Washington Capitals are the first NHL team designated at Tee Time (T2), or ELIMINATED from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Summary

This is the updated NHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 18 February. We already know we have one each CS team in each Conference and one T2 team in the East.

A total of 11 (down from 13) teams have a shot at a CS call going into their Game 20. Four (up from three) others cannot top an SS call. Twelve (down from 13) more cannot top an ITC call. And one is close to elimination maximum while one other remains eliminated from Playoff contention.

Your next update will be posted after games played on Tuesday, 19 February.

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