Points For Coming

Thursday, 03.1.2012 / 1:25 PM CT
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Razor With An Edge Blog

Lots of ideas and suggestion about how to fix the current NHL points system.

3-2-1

2-0

2-1-1

(9-1-1?)

What the new system, if there were to be one, would have to guard against is being too confusing for the casual or even the common fan. Trying to figure out true records and who is over/under .500 shouldn't make fans as mentally overwhelmed as baby in a topless bar.

Or should it?

Should points be kept in a completely arbitrary and fantastical way?

3 pts for looking like your team 'wanted it more'. 2 pts for 'sticking together as a team'. 1pt for 'not having as much talent' as opponent but still tried real hard.

No?

Well then why don't we just award the team that finishes with more goals 2 points and the other team no points at all, because in the game that was played they were losers. Crazy Razor, eh?

Here is where I often site my "parade analogy" when engrossed in one of these NHL point system debates: Not everyone can be in the parade, some have to sit on the curb and clap and stare at the floats and clowns as they go by.

I just read back what I've written so far. I sound like I've had six Caesars.

Anyway, I guess what I'd prefer to see - no matter the equation used to arrive at it - is a system that ensures that the team that finishes the game with more goals than the team they just 'defeated' does in fact gain 2 points on that team. I don't care, make it 4-2, 8-6, 34-28 if you want. (Oops, more clamato and vodka talk)

What I want, as did Tom Cruise in 'A Few Good Men' , is the truth. I can handle it, and it just might set us all free.

So here is the Razor-truth in the Western Conference standings, today, March 1st 2012:

I have taken the standings, omitted all Shootout wins and losses, and boiled it down to wins in regulation and overtime. I've listed the standings by 'games over .500' in order to give a true representation seeing as some teams have been to Shootouts way more than others. Here are my findings:

1 Stl +18 (current artificially enhanced number in NHL standings is +23)

2 Van +16 (cae number +24)

3 Det +15 (cae number +23)

4 Nsh +11 (cae number +17)

5 Phx +4 (cae number +12)

6 Dal +2 (Chi would win tie-break, have one more win) (cae number +7)

Chi +2 (cae number +10)

8 SJ +1 (cae number +11)

9 LA -3 (cae number +6)

So you'll notice that the Stars have the most honest record in the top 9.

Biggest charlatan? The Sharks.

Bottom line, not much changes other than I guess it bares that there are four really good teams in the West, and five, six, maybe seven other clubs that teeter back and forth on the fulcrum of mediocrity.

At least I think that's what all the math I did says.

And so with that I'll leave you with this; stats and standings get thrown out once the puck drops come playoff time. You just have to get in.

Speaking of time, maybe it's time to celery salt another rim.

Cheers!

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 8 5 7 7 12
J. Spezza 8 4 5 0 9
C. Eakin 8 0 7 3 7
A. Goligoski 8 3 2 -3 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 8 3 1 2 4
R. Faksa 8 2 2 2 4
J. Klingberg 8 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 8 1 3 2 4
M. Janmark 7 1 3 0 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .906 2.45
A. Niemi 1 2 2 .892 2.73
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