(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?”. And note – changes are in bold font except for previous Chasing Stanley or Tee Time Playoff Qualifying Curve (PQC) calls.)
Below is your NHL Point Predictor and PQC update for NHL games ending Saturday, 23 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 23 February Chart
Here are the two Conferences’ projected, final standings points after games completed on 23 February:
From or current chart, it looks like it will take at least 25.5 wins / 51 points in the Eastern Conference and 27 wins / 54 points in both Conferences to qualify for the playoffs. Also, a tie-breaker separates 8th and 9th place in the East while 1.5 wins separate the 6th through 11th seeds in the West.
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 currently know 7 – of – 30 / 23.3% 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 19 (up from 16) teams – 10 in the East and nine in the West – will not be eliminated from playoff contention by G20. Two Eastern and three Western teams are within one win of also making the non-eliminated list for G20 at this time.
Our last G20 PQC call is Boston on 5 March.
Eastern Conference PQC and Stats
Boston remains the East’s only CS team as of G10. Three more of the Conference’s 15 teams retain the possibility of earning a CS call for a total of four. Nine teams (up from eight) cannot top an In the Curve (ITC) call. While Washington is the Conference’s current Tee Time (T2) call, we already know one more team will be at T2 come G20.
The top forward, defense and goalie stats are below:
We are looking here at forwards scoring less than 35 goals and less than 75 points as the maximum out of the East. Defensemen look to be at 20 or less goals and about 48 points per current, maximum projections. And while the maximum number of wins still indicates more than 30, we are likely looking more like mid– to high 20’s on the goaltender side of the coin.
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, two more (for a total of three) teams still have a shot of ending the G20 stretch as a CS call. Eleven teams are not going to be better than ITC. And we now know one team will now be a Tee Time (T2) call for G20, or eliminated from the 2013 Playoffs.
Top Western stats are below:
Western forwards we are likely at less than 35 goals and 65 points as a scoring maximum. Their defensive counterparts are in the neighborhood of a 14 goal, 40 point total, maximum projection. And while Viktor Fasth’s projected number of wins indicate a bit more at 40 possible wins, the Conference top-winning goalie is still likely to be more like the East and somewhere in the 20’s.
Saturday, 23 February 2013, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – Based on their play through G20, the Philadelphia Flyers are In The Curve, or about average for NHL play
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
This is the updated NHL Point Predictor and PQC Standings chart based on games ending 23 February. We already know we have one each CS team in each Conference and one T2 team in the East.
A total of seven teams have a shot at a CS call going into their Game 20. Twenty (up from 19) more cannot top an ITC call and three are eliminated from Playoff contention.
The PQC calls are for Ottawa and Toronto in the East and Nashville in the West on Monday, 25 February.
Your next update will be posted after games played on Sunday, 24 February.
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