Who's "Over .500"?

Monday, 01.16.2012 / 1:38 PM CT
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It used to be easy to differentiate teams with records over .500 from those at or below that magical mediocrity mark. Not anymore.

At one time you either finished the game with more goals than your opponent (won), finished with fewer goals (lost), or finished with the same goal total (tie). That is all. Thats it. Three columns.

Today the sport also generates three columns, but the numbers are a bit murky.

The 'W' column can be entered by scoring more goals in regulation, or in overtime and/or in The Shootout.

The Loss or 'L' column can only be accessed by scoring fewer goals than your opponent in regulation time (60 minutes)

And the third column - the one that used to house the number of ties you had - is now a sort of catch-all. Lose in OT, you get a point here. Get outscored in the breakaway contest (Shootout), that's right, get a point anyway.

This historical and statistical lesson is not without it's, well (pun alert)...point.

That point being the Stars are in fact 'above .500'. Rather healthily above .500 I might add. Five games over by my trademarked Razalgorithm.

And what is this "Razalgorithm"?

You take the team's games in which they scored more goals than their opponent and subtract the combined numbers from the other two columns (also known as 'games they didn't score as many goals as their opponents') and voi-friggin-da! The number you get, plus or minus, is the games over or under .500.

This algorithm, that took many exhausting minutes to concoct, is referred to in high-forehead, academic circles as 'common sense'.

Now, just for curiosity and comparison sake, here are some other W. Conference teams and their Monday afternoon 'over or under .500 numbers':

Det +12

Van +11

Stl +9

SJ +9

Chi +7

Nsh +6

Dal +5

Col +2

LA -1

Min -1

Cgy -4

Pho -5

It's worth noting, in the regular NHL standings all 12 of these teams are 'over .500'.

Indeed, the modern NHL is not for losers. Everybody gets a trophy. Well, except the Blue Jacket - twenty games under .500 shouldn't get you anything but a really high draft pick, which, I guess you could say is a lovely consultation prize in itself.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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