THN Rankings – East

1 Montreal Canadiens 2 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Washington Capitals 4 Philadelphia Flyers 5 Ottawa Senators 6 NY Rangers 7 New Jersey Devils 8 Carolina Hurricanes 9 Tampa Bay Lightning 10 Boston Bruins 11 Buffalo Sabres 12 Florida Panthers 13 Atlanta Thrashers 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 15 NY Islanders Again, I’m going to have to disagree with THN over this. If the Pens had managed to keep Ryan Malone and/or Marian Hossa I’d be inclined to agree that they would finish atop their division, but they won’t. When you potentially have Miroslav Satan as your top scoring winger you’re not going

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THN Rankings – West

The Hockey News’ Rankings in the Yearly Yearbook were released, and for the West they’re as follows: 1 Detroit Red Wings 2 San Jose Sharks 3 Minnesota Wild 4 Dallas Stars 5 Anaheim Ducks 6 Edmonton Oilers 7 Chicago Blackhawks 8 Calgary Flames 9 Nashville Predators 10 Phoenix Coyotes 11 Vancouver Canucks 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 13 Los Angeles Kings 14 Colorado Avalanche 15 St. Louis Blues Detroit at the top is an absolute no-brainer. They won the Cup and somehow got better by adding Marian Hossa. They’ve got Pavel Datsyuk locked up for awhile, and it’s hard to see

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Eastern Conference: If they play like they have…

There are a number of ways of trying to predict where each team will end up in the standings come seasons end. You can simply pro-rate their current records to 82 games or you can do more complex stuff like looking at their difficulty of schedule or calculating probabilites of where they might place but here is a slightly different look that I haven’t seen elsewhere. What I have done is to look at how many games each team has remaining and then predicting that they will play those remaining number of games with the same record as their past

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Predicted Standings – 3/28/2007

With most teams having just 5 or 6 games left to play it is really getting down to crunch time in the playoff races and there is still a lot left to be decided. Here are the predicted standings as of March 28th. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Points ScheduleStrength FutureGP FutureSchedStr Pred.Points TotalPoints 1 Buffalo 75 103 0.483 7 0.431 10 113 2 New Jersey 76 98 0.462 6 0.452 7 105 3 Ottawa 77 98 0.481 5 0.469 6 104 4 Pittsburgh 77 98 0.463 5 0.499 5 103 5 Atlanta 76 88 0.475 6 0.452

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Predicted Standings – 3/23/2007

Here are the predicted NHL standings after last nights games. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Points ScheduleStrength FutureGP FutureSchedStr Pred.Points TotalPoints 1 Buffalo 73 101 0.479 9 0.438 13 114 2 Ottawa 75 96 0.478 7 0.456 9 105 3 New Jersey 74 94 0.461 8 0.438 10 104 4 Pittsburgh 74 92 0.463 8 0.478 9 101 5 Atlanta 75 88 0.474 7 0.445 8 96 6 NY Rangers 74 83 0.472 8 0.420 10 93 7 Tampa Bay 75 86 0.473 7 0.498 7 93 8 Carolina 74 82 0.471 8 0.455 9 91 9 NY

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Predicted Standings – 3/16/2007

I am going to post updated predicted standings a little more often now that we are closing in on the seasons end. Here is how things look today. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts ScheduleStrength FutureGP Future SchedStr Pred.Points TotalPoints 1 Buffalo 70 96 0.481 12 0.436 18 114 2 New Jersey 71 94 0.462 11 0.446 15 109 3 Ottawa 71 89 0.483 11 0.439 15 104 4 Pittsburgh 70 88 0.464 12 0.481 14 102 5 Atlanta 72 84 0.466 10 0.488 11 95 6 Tampa Bay 71 82 0.468 11 0.495 12 94 7 NY

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Predicted Final Standings – 3/12/2007

There are only four weeks left in the schedule so the playoff races are getting down to crunch time with teams having between 12 and 14 games left to play. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts ScheduleStrength Future GP Future SchedStr Pred Pts Total Pts 1 Buffalo 68 93 0.484 14 0.435 21 114 2 New Jersey 69 92 0.463 13 0.454 17 109 3 Ottawa 69 85 0.486 13 0.443 17 102 4 Pittsburgh 68 84 0.464 14 0.495 16 100 5 Atlanta 70 82 0.472 12 0.465 14 96 6 Tampa Bay 70 82 0.471 12

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Predicted Standings – 3/5/2007

It’s time for another predicted standings update. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts Schedule Strength Future GP Future SchedStr Pred Pts Total Pts 1 Buffalo 65 93 0.479 17 0.460 25 118 2 New Jersey 66 87 0.464 16 0.443 22 109 3 Ottawa 66 81 0.488 16 0.447 21 102 4 Pittsburgh 65 79 0.460 17 0.507 18 97 5 Atlanta 67 78 0.473 15 0.467 17 95 6 NY Islanders 65 75 0.471 17 0.460 20 95 7 Tampa Bay 67 78 0.470 15 0.502 16 94 8 Carolina 68 73 0.473 14 0.455 15 88

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Predicted Standings – 2/14/2007

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

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