Feb 272007
 

Busy day today but here are the power rankings for this week. There hasn’t been a lot of movement from last week.

Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank
1 1 Detroit 0.643 0.506 0.631
2 4 Anaheim 0.609 0.512 0.612
3 3 Vancouver 0.573 0.526 0.612
4 7 Dallas 0.582 0.522 0.610
5 2 San Jose 0.603 0.511 0.610
6 5 Nashville 0.633 0.500 0.608
7 6 Calgary 0.563 0.524 0.587
8 8 Buffalo 0.605 0.483 0.586
9 9 Ottawa 0.581 0.489 0.575
10 10 New Jersey 0.611 0.464 0.552
11 11 Minnesota 0.508 0.528 0.547
12 12 Edmonton 0.484 0.531 0.525
13 13 Montreal 0.508 0.491 0.513
14 14 Colorado 0.452 0.535 0.495
15 16 Carolina 0.531 0.471 0.492
16 15 Toronto 0.500 0.483 0.478
17 17 Pittsburgh 0.541 0.460 0.477
18 20 NY Islanders 0.484 0.475 0.462
19 21 Tampa Bay 0.500 0.468 0.456
20 19 Boston 0.444 0.492 0.451
21 18 St. Louis 0.411 0.526 0.445
22 23 Atlanta 0.469 0.473 0.444
23 24 Columbus 0.405 0.529 0.437
24 25 Chicago 0.411 0.524 0.434
25 22 NY Rangers 0.452 0.475 0.431
26 26 Florida 0.437 0.481 0.424
27 27 Phoenix 0.387 0.527 0.421
28 28 Washington 0.437 0.480 0.416
29 29 Los Angeles 0.341 0.535 0.380
30 30 Philadelphia 0.290 0.485 0.289

AdjWinP is a teams winning percentage when shootouts are considered ties and there are no points awarded for overtime losses
SchedStr is an indication of a teams relative difficulty of schedule
Power Rank is the teams expected winning percentage if team played all .500 teams

Feb 272007
 

I just came across an interesting article on MSNBC written by Mike Celizic titled NBA has become a big, fat dud. The basis of the article is that for the most part the NBA is a league of dunks and one-on-one plays and not a team game. I am worried that maybe the NHL is heading down this path.

And if your greatest players aren’t fighting each other for titles, who really cares how many points they score or how many times they dunk? It’s not as if there’s any great drama in a dunk, not like there is in a home run. When Ryan Howard steps to the plate, the battle between him and the pitcher is a mini-drama whose outcome you don’t know. When Kobe goes to the hoop on a fast-break, there’s no drama at all.

And there’s too much of that in today’s NBA games, most of which are unwatchable by any but the most devoted fans. Watch the Olympics or a major international championship -– heck, watch a college game -– and you’ll see actual basketball with picks and passes and defense and everybody involved. Watch the NBA and it’s all about clearing out and going one-on-one. These guys are the most talented players in the world, but if they can’t beat Argentina, there’s something wrong with the game they’re playing.

All of the NHL’s rule changes have been about giving the star players more space to work their magic which is not unlike most of the rule changes in the NBA to restrict defensive play. Celizic claims that the focus on dunks and individual play has resulted in great players but not great teams.

Once upon a time, there were great players on great teams. Today, there are great players who are great profit centers. People who were fans of teams are fans of individuals, and when that’s the case, it’s hard to recapture what you once had.

Now, I am not a big NBA fan but it seems to me that the same sort of focus is taking place in the NHL. The NHL wants to promote great young talent like Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin but seems less interested in promoting great teams (in fact the salary cap all but ensures that great teams won’t last and we may be in an era of mass team mediocrity as seen int he eastern conference this season). The result on the NBA is that TV ratings have been steadily declining and the all-star game in Las Vegas had the lowest ratings ever. Now the NHL has no TV ratings to lose in the U.S. but all the focus on great young players and allowing them to show they skill is probably not the best route to gaining new fans. Players come and go, but teams stay. In Pittsburgh you don’t want to develop Sidney Crosby fans, you want to develop Pittsburgh Penguin fans. Six years from now Crosby may not be a Penguin, but the Penguins will still be in Pittsburgh (should they get the arena deal).

Feb 232007
 

For the life of my I cannot understand why the NHL believes that it is OK to have some games worth 2 points while others are worth 3. Last night was crazy. There were 12 games last night and a total of 32 points were handed out in the standings as 8 of the 12 games went to overtime and 4 of those going to a shoot out. Despite of this the NHL General Managers refuse to recommend a change the current setup by saying no to the idea of a 3 point regulation win which would have made all games worth 3 points in the standings.

“I was actually a proponent of the 3-2-1 points system a few years ago,” said Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, meaning three points for a win in regulation time, two points for an overtime/shootout win and one point for an overtime/shootout loss.

“But since then we’ve seen these great races and I think it’s working just fine the way it is now. Our fans like it.”

First off, as a fan I wish Mr. Holland wouldn’t speak for me as I don’t like it.

Second, does it really make the races tighter? Let’s take a look. Below are how the standings with how they look now, how they would look under the old system of 2 points for a win (regardless of in regulation or overtime) and no shootout and with ties, and how they would look if the 3 point regulation win were in place. (I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to adjust the rankings so that the division leaders are seeded 1-2-3).

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Points Team TradPts Team 3PtWin
1 Buffalo 87 Buffalo 75 Buffalo 108
2 New Jersey 82 New Jersey 75 New Jersey 104
3 Pittsburgh 75 Ottawa 70 Ottawa 101
4 Ottawa 74 Pittsburgh 66 Tampa Bay 93
5 Tampa Bay 73 Carolina 66 Pittsburgh 89
6 Atlanta 72 Montreal 64 Carolina 89
7 Montreal 70 Tampa Bay 62 Montreal 89
8 Carolina 69 Toronto 61 Toronto 83
9 NY Islanders 68 Atlanta 59 Atlanta 83
10 Toronto 67 NY Islanders 58 NY Islanders 83
11 NY Rangers 64 NY Rangers 56 NY Rangers 80
12 Boston 62 Boston 53 Boston 75
13 Florida 59 Florida 53 Florida 68
14 Washington 56 Washington 53 Washington 64
15 Philadelphia 41 Philadelphia 36 Philadelphia 46

Western Conference

Pos Team Points Team TradPts Team 3PtWin
1 Detroit 84 Detroit 80 Detroit 114
2 Nashville 84 Nashville 78 Nashville 114
3 Anaheim 80 San Jose 76 San Jose 112
4 San Jose 77 Anaheim 74 Anaheim 99
5 Vancouver 76 Vancouver 71 Dallas 97
6 Dallas 73 Dallas 67 Vancouver 95
7 Minnesota 73 Calgary 67 Calgary 92
8 Calgary 71 Minnesota 62 Minnesota 87
9 Edmonton 64 Edmonton 60 Edmonton 85
10 Colorado 62 Colorado 56 Colorado 82
11 St. Louis 61 St. Louis 51 St. Louis 71
12 Phoenix 55 Chicago 49 Phoenix 71
13 Chicago 53 Phoenix 48 Columbus 65
14 Columbus 52 Columbus 48 Chicago 61
15 Los Angeles 50 Los Angeles 42 Los Angeles 56

Now, I am not sure what the NHL General Manages but this lowly fan concludes that the playoff races would be better under either the traditional setup or a 3 point regulation win setup. Under the current setup we have next to no significant playoff race in the western conference with Edmonton 7 and Colorado 9 points out of the 8th playoff spot. Under either of the other two setups there would be a playoff race with Edmonton just 2 points out in either race and Colorado 4 out in the traditional setup and 5 out in the 3 point for regulation win setup. In the eastern conference the playoff races would be just as tight or even tighter as is the case in the traditional point scheme. Using the traditional point scheme no team in the eastern conference not named Flyers would be more than 8 points out of a playoff spot. Additionally the race for top spot in the eastern conference would be much closer.

All in all, looking at the above table it seems the traditional point scheme seems to be the method that would create the tighest playoff races this year and the current method is the worst.

Feb 202007
 

There was a fair bit of movement this past week as the east won some big games against the west. The result is some eastern teams moving up and some western teams moving down. Buffalo has jumped into 6th spot and Ottawa into 9th while Edmonton dropped out of the top 10 and into 12th spot.

There also seems to be several groupings taking fold. The top grouping is the top 8 teams. The Power Rank of these teams ranges from a high of .620 to a low of .589. Ottawa and New Jersey are a tad behind those teams with power rankings of .566 and .564. And then there are the middle of the pack teams. Minnesota, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Colorado and Pittsburgh have power rankings between .524 and .488. The Rangers are next with a Power Rank of .459 and teams fall off from there.

Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank
1 1 San Jose 0.619 0.507 0.620
2 3 Detroit 0.633 0.503 0.617
3 2 Anaheim 0.617 0.504 0.606
4 4 Vancouver 0.568 0.524 0.605
5 5 Nashville 0.631 0.496 0.599
6 9 Buffalo 0.610 0.485 0.593
7 7 Calgary 0.568 0.521 0.592
8 6 Dallas 0.569 0.516 0.589
9 12 Ottawa 0.576 0.489 0.566
10 11 New Jersey 0.610 0.471 0.564
11 10 Minnesota 0.492 0.523 0.524
12 8 Edmonton 0.483 0.530 0.524
13 13 Montreal 0.500 0.494 0.508
14 16 Toronto 0.508 0.490 0.498
15 14 Colorado 0.458 0.530 0.496
16 15 Carolina 0.525 0.476 0.493
17 17 Pittsburgh 0.542 0.467 0.488
18 21 NY Rangers 0.483 0.476 0.459
19 23 Boston 0.440 0.500 0.458
20 26 NY Islanders 0.475 0.478 0.456
21 25 St. Louis 0.417 0.525 0.453
22 19 Tampa Bay 0.492 0.471 0.453
23 20 Atlanta 0.467 0.476 0.443
24 24 Columbus 0.398 0.527 0.431
25 22 Chicago 0.415 0.518 0.431
26 28 Florida 0.433 0.484 0.424
27 27 Washington 0.441 0.477 0.413
28 18 Phoenix 0.383 0.522 0.412
29 29 Los Angeles 0.344 0.529 0.379
30 30 Philadelphia 0.305 0.488 0.306

AdjWinP is a teams winning percentage when shootouts are considered ties and there are no points awarded for overtime losses
SchedStr is an indication of a teams relative difficulty of schedule
Power Rank is the teams expected winning percentage if team played all .500 teams

Feb 162007
 

Yesterday we saw the the best player available at this years trade deadline (maybe still the best player in the NHL when healthy) traded to Nashville and many people are now anointing the Predators as the Stanley Cup favourites. I am not ready to do that yet as the Predators are still a significantly inexperienced team and good defense and goaltending can more often than not defeat a good offense. But this should help the Predators but if I was Nashville I’d go for broke this year and try to add more experience to their 3rd and 4th lines.

But enough about the Predators. I wanted to take a look at a some of the other players that might get dealt between now and the trade deadline.

Bill Guerin: Guerin might be the best goal scorer available at this years trade deadline. He leads the Blues in goals and points and is second on the team in +/-. He also had 96 games of playoff experience including a Cup win in New Jersey in 1994-95. Any team looking to add a top goal scorer with some toughness Guerin would be a great guy to get. Vancouver comes to mind or a return to the Devils but he’d also be a good fit in Toronto to be a winger for Mats Sundin as well. Ottawa has been rumoured to be interested as well but I suspect the Senators will settle for a lesser player as Muckler has proven to be a but gun shy in the past (see settling for Arnason).

Keith Tkachuk: Used to be one of the best power forwards in the NHL an could still be if he had a bit better work ethic. Despite that he is still a decent player and can help a team in need of a goal scorer.

Martin Gelinas: Everyone thinks the player to get from the Panthers is Gary Roberts and certainly he is a guy who can help anyone but I personally think that Martin Gelinas might be a better pick up. First he is younger and healthier than Roberts. Second, he is a role player who is happy in a secondary role and not a dominant personality that could potentially upset the dressing room. Third, he has good speed and can play at both ends of the rink. He has 10 goals and is second on the Panthers in +/- trailing only Bouwmeester. Last year he had 17 goals and led the Panthers in +/- by a whopping margin of +27 to second place Van Ryn’s +15. Finally he has oodles of playoff experience and playoff success. He won the Cup with Edmonton in 1989-90 and helped his team to the Cup finals on 3 other occassions. He was a key cog in Calgary’s playoff run in 2004 and his 147 playoff games are more than that of Peter Forsberg, Gary Roberts and probably anyone else available at the trade deadline. If I were a GM looking to make a playoff run this is the guy I would get.

Gary Roberts: The other prize in Florida is Gary Roberts. What Roberts would bring to a team is a hard work ethic, significant playoff experience and a never quit attitude. He’ll fight through injuries and that makes him a good lead by example leader. The only downside on Roberts is also a strong personality and if he joins your team and tries to become a vocal leader it may rub some of the previous leaders of the dressing room the wrong way. Rumor is Roberts wants to go to a team close to his off season home in Toronto. Toronto and Ottawa are high possibilities while Detroit and Buffalo are possible too.

Fredrik Modin: Modin might be considered a poor man’s Gary Roberts. He is big and strong and can play the physical game like Roberts, just not with quite as much passion or enthusiasm and consistency. He not the speediest of players but won’t hurt you defensively either. He’d be a great guy to plug into a second line winger role or third line on a deep team. Rumours are that the Leafs have some interest in bringing him back.

Bryan Smolinski: I really like Smolinski and I think the Senators have missed his presence a bit this year. I think he is the perfect kind of player to add at a trade deadline because he not only has 99 playoff games experience but he is highly versatile. He can play at center or on either wing. He can play a bit in a secondary offensive role or in a defensive role. I just think he is a guy you could plug into your team relatively seemlessly which I think is ultra important in any trade deadline deal.

Marco Sturm: Personally, I’d avoid this guy as it will probably cost you more than I think he will provide in return but he could help a team in need of some secondary scoring.

Defensemen:

Aaron Miller: For defensemen available I would rate Aaron Miller quite high for many of the same reasons as Gelinas. At this point in his career he is happy being a #4/5 type defenseman. He knows his role and he does it well. He’ll chip in a bit offensively but is more of a defensive defenseman now. He also has 80 playoff games under his belt so would bring some needed experience to many of the younge rteams out there. For teams looking to add some defense depth he’d be a great guy to look at. He’d be a great pickup for a team like Anaheim who has a great top pairing of defensemen but is a bit lacking in quality experienced depth. San Jose is another option.

Brent Sopel: For teams looking for more of a power play quarterback Brent Sopel is a guy to look at as he has one of the better shots in the NHL.

Eric Brewer: Quality #3 type defenseman who can help out at both ends of the rink. Has very limited playoff experience but helped Team Canada win the 2002 Olympic gold medal. His career has kind of stagnated since then though. Rumours have been that the Oilers are interested in bringing Brewer back but I think the Blues end up re-signing him instead of dealing him.

Bryan Berard: A power play quarterback like Sopel but much less reliable defensively. I wouldn’t trade for him unless you are desperate for an offensive defenseman.

Nick Boynton: Boynton is more of a defensive defenseman who will play a physical game. He’s a good second paring kind of player. Not a rental player since he still has a couple years left on his contract at nearly $3 million. Not sure if the Coyotes will trade him or if another team is willing to take on that contract but the number of defensemen available is somewhat limited so that makes guys like Boynton a possibility.

Adrian Aucoin: In a similar position to Boynton. Aucoin has a couple years left on his contract at $4 million and sits somewhere between a deadline acquisition and a salary dump by the Blackhawks. Rumours have been of a Samsonov for Aucoin swap but that might depend on whether Montreal decides to trade on of their soon to be UFA defensemen.

Jassen Cullimore: As far as depth defensemen go, Cullimore might be the best. he certainly isn’t going to be a top 4 guy but he has great size, is a good skater, and was a part of the 2003-04 Tampa team.

Goaltenders:

I am not sure there is a big market for goaltenders this year, either those selling or those buying. Tampa might be looking for some help in net but I am not sure any of the other playoff teams are desperate for goaltending help. On the selling side, Belfour might be available from Florida and Buffalo might use Biron as trade bait so long as Biron is willing to sign a contract with the team he is traded to. Ottawa would be happy to find a taker for Gerber’s contract and then go and pick up a back up elsewhere but I am not sure they will find any takers.

I am probably missing a lot of players so feel free to add to the list by posting a comment.

Feb 142007
 

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted my predicted final standings so I figured I should update them. In the west the playoff picture has cleared up a bit but in the east the playoff picture is as unclear as ever.

Eastern Conference Predicted Standings

Pos Team GP Pts Schedule Strength Future GP Future SchedStr Pred Pts Total Pts
1 Buffalo 57 80 0.473 25 0.467 35 115
2 New Jersey 56 74 0.460 25 0.439 34 108
3 Pittsburgh 55 67 0.458 26 0.473 30 97
4 Ottawa 57 67 0.481 24 0.464 29 96
5 Tampa Bay 58 66 0.466 24 0.480 26 92
6 Atlanta 59 67 0.467 22 0.477 24 91
7 Carolina 59 65 0.468 23 0.457 25 90
8 Montreal 58 64 0.484 23 0.463 26 90
9 NY Islanders 57 62 0.467 25 0.463 27 89
10 NY Rangers 56 61 0.468 26 0.458 28 89
11 Toronto 57 62 0.485 25 0.477 27 89
12 Boston 55 56 0.492 27 0.465 29 85
13 Florida 58 55 0.477 23 0.460 22 77
14 Washington 57 54 0.474 25 0.475 23 77
15 Philadelphia 56 38 0.477 26 0.485 17 55

Wow! Just 3 points separating 5th from 11th. Buffalo and New Jersey are all but guaranteed playoff spots while Pittsburgh and Ottawa are looking pretty safe so long as they can avoid and lengthy slumps. At the other end, Florida, Washington and Philadelphia can begin booking their tee times. But in the middle it is anyones guess who will get those final 4 playoff spots. Two weeks ago Montreal and Atlanta looked to be in pretty good shape but both of those teams have slumped significantly and now their playoff positions are in question while Toronto, Tampa and the Islanders have surged ahead to make things ultra interesting.

Western Conference Predicted Standings

Pos Team GP Pts Schedule Strength Future GP Future SchedStr Pred Pts TotalPts
1 Nashville 57 79 0.498 24 0.550 30 109
2 San Jose 55 73 0.513 25 0.512 33 106
3 Detroit 58 76 0.509 23 0.523 29 105
4 Anaheim 56 72 0.518 25 0.510 32 104
5 Dallas 56 70 0.524 25 0.506 32 102
6 Calgary 56 67 0.529 25 0.532 29 96
7 Vancouver 55 64 0.541 25 0.515 30 94
8 Minnesota 57 66 0.533 24 0.541 27 93
9 Edmonton 56 60 0.540 25 0.520 27 87
10 Colorado 55 58 0.538 26 0.540 27 85
11 St. Louis 57 53 0.536 24 0.535 22 75
12 Phoenix 57 52 0.527 25 0.562 21 73
13 Columbus 56 49 0.530 25 0.537 21 70
14 Chicago 55 49 0.522 25 0.554 20 69
15 Los Angeles 59 47 0.538 23 0.553 17 64

When I last posted the predicted standings Minnesota had a predicted 3 point lead on Edmonton and a 4 point lead on Colorado for the final playoff spot. Those leads have widened to 6 and 8 points. It is going to be real tough for the Oilers and Avalanche to earn a playoff spot now without one of the teams ahead of them slumping significantly as it would take a 16-8-1 record for Edmonton to finish with 93 points. Not impossible but highly unlikely considering they are only 4 points above .500 right now.

(Also posted on PredictHockey.com)

Feb 132007
 

Two weeks ago I wrote about the western conference dominance in the power rankings. At the time the wetern conference had a dominating record against the eastern conference. In the past couple weeks there have been a lot of interconference games played with mixed results for the eastern conference. Atlanta beat Colorado but lost to Vancouver and Edmonton. Toronto beat St. Louis but lost to Nashville. Carolina lost to Minnesota. Lowly Los Angeles beat Florida and took Tampa and Washington to overtime. On the positive side, Buffalo beat Calgary, Pittsburgh beat Nashville and Philadelphia surprised Detroit. The end result is the west still dominates the top 8 spots. There are more interconference games this week so lets see if the east can close the gap.

Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank
1 1 San Jose 0.657 0.521 0.678
2 2 Anaheim 0.618 0.524 0.643
3 3 Detroit 0.621 0.515 0.621
4 6 Vancouver 0.545 0.541 0.612
5 5 Nashville 0.640 0.501 0.610
6 7 Dallas 0.571 0.530 0.604
7 4 Calgary 0.564 0.536 0.602
8 8 Edmonton 0.518 0.545 0.576
9 9 Buffalo 0.605 0.468 0.563
10 10 Minnesota 0.500 0.536 0.547
11 11 New Jersey 0.607 0.458 0.542
12 12 Ottawa 0.561 0.475 0.534
13 14 Colorado 0.463 0.542 0.509
14 13 Montreal 0.518 0.479 0.507
15 16 Carolina 0.517 0.465 0.477
16 15 Toronto 0.491 0.478 0.468
17 18 Pittsburgh 0.536 0.455 0.468
18 17 Phoenix 0.411 0.533 0.449
19 22 Tampa Bay 0.491 0.460 0.442
20 26 NY Rangers 0.473 0.465 0.441
21 24 Chicago 0.418 0.527 0.437
22 23 Atlanta 0.474 0.462 0.437
23 21 Columbus 0.402 0.534 0.435
24 19 St. Louis 0.393 0.535 0.435
25 20 Boston 0.426 0.486 0.434
26 25 NY Islanders 0.464 0.464 0.429
27 28 Washington 0.447 0.468 0.409
28 27 Florida 0.421 0.474 0.403
29 29 Los Angeles 0.345 0.545 0.392
30 30 Philadelphia 0.304 0.475 0.296

AdjWinP is a teams winning percentage when shootouts are considered ties and there are no points awarded for overtime losses
SchedStr is an indication of a teams relative difficulty of schedule
Power Rank is the teams expected winning percentage if team played all .500 teams

Feb 072007
 

The Ottawa Senators have to have one of the streakiest offenses in the NHL in recent years.

First 6 games: 10 goals, 1.67 goals/game
Next 3 games: 21 goals, 7.00 goals/game
Next 4 games: 8 goals, 2.00 goals/game
Next 15 games: 60 goals, 4.00 goals/game
Next 13 games: 29 goals, 2.23 goals/game
Next 7 games: 38 goals, 5.42 goals/game
Next 7 games: 15 goals, 2.14 goals per game (2 of these goals were empty net goals)

That is up and down offense if I ever saw it and that is one thing Ottawa is going to need to straighten out if they want to make a serious playoff run. Scoring ~2 goals/game for significant stretches of time is not going to cut it. It cost them last year when they stopped scoring against Buffalo and it has cost them in previous playoffs as well. That is putting way too much pressure on your goalie even if Emery continues to play great.

Feb 062007
 

Here are this weeks power rankings. Not a huge difference from last week with the exception of Pittsburgh who have jumped from 25th last week to 18th this week and Atlanta who has fallen from 17th to 23rd. The Power Ranks are so tight from 17th (.449) to 23rd (.441) that significant movement in that group can probably be expected to continue.

Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank
1 1 San Jose 0.651 0.519 0.665
2 3 Anaheim 0.642 0.520 0.653
3 2 Detroit 0.630 0.522 0.644
4 6 Calgary 0.587 0.540 0.629
5 4 Nashville 0.657 0.505 0.629
6 5 Vancouver 0.547 0.547 0.624
7 7 Dallas 0.547 0.527 0.570
8 8 Edmonton 0.500 0.551 0.566
9 9 Buffalo 0.602 0.465 0.556
10 10 Minnesota 0.491 0.542 0.545
11 11 New Jersey 0.613 0.452 0.535
12 13 Ottawa 0.556 0.474 0.529
13 12 Montreal 0.546 0.473 0.524
14 14 Colorado 0.462 0.546 0.509
15 16 Toronto 0.500 0.478 0.478
16 15 Carolina 0.509 0.464 0.473
17 18 Phoenix 0.415 0.537 0.459
18 25 Pittsburgh 0.519 0.452 0.449
19 20 St. Louis 0.396 0.542 0.447
20 21 Boston 0.431 0.488 0.445
21 19 Columbus 0.406 0.538 0.442
22 22 Tampa Bay 0.491 0.458 0.442
23 17 Atlanta 0.491 0.453 0.441
24 23 Chicago 0.404 0.535 0.434
25 28 NY Islanders 0.462 0.462 0.426
26 27 NY Rangers 0.453 0.462 0.418
27 26 Florida 0.426 0.471 0.408
28 24 Washington 0.444 0.465 0.404
29 29 Los Angeles 0.336 0.551 0.387
30 30 Philadelphia 0.279 0.469 0.267

AdjWinP is a teams winning percentage when shootouts are considered ties and there are no points awarded for overtime losses
SchedStr is an indication of a teams relative difficulty of schedule
Power Rank is the teams expected winning percentage if team played all .500 teams