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Once again the unbalanced schedule by the NHL has some teams playing many more games than others at this point in the season. At times it gives very unrealistic views of teams. For example, the Senators have 16 points (as of 11/9/09) and appear out of the playoff picture at the moment, when in fact which has gathered those points in just 14 games. By reorganizing the standings based on points gathers per game played. Shown here are the standings sorted by this new statistic.

GP W L OTL PTS Pts/GP
New Jersey 15 11 4 0 22 1.4667
Pittsburgh 17 12 5 0 24 1.4118
Washington 17 10 3 4 24 1.4118
Buffalo 14 9 4 1 19 1.3571
Philadelphia 14 9 4 1 19 1.3571
NY Rangers 18 10 7 1 21 1.1667
Ottawa 14 7 5 2 16 1.1429
Tampa Bay 15 6 4 5 17 1.1333
Atlanta 14 7 6 1 15 1.0714
NY Islanders 17 6 6 5 17 1.0000
Boston 16 7 7 2 16 1.0000
Montreal 17 8 9 0 16 0.9412
Florida 15 5 9 1 11 0.7333
Toronto 15 3 7 5 11 0.7333
Carolina 16 2 11 3 7 0.4375

I know that not every team will play the same number of games each week. But when one team has played 18 games and most of the teams have played 3 or 4 games less, that is a huge discrepancy.
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November 9, 2009 7:38 PM ET | Delete
Seems confusing????????
November 9, 2009 8:20 PM ET | Delete
that's really dumb.
November 9, 2009 9:14 PM ET | Delete
well as of right now the pens have played 17 games.. by the time the Flyers play their 17th game.. the pens will have played 21.. ut then again this is the Flyers 4th or 5th 4-5 day layoff
November 9, 2009 10:35 PM ET | Delete
Interesting take. Probably more accurate to gauge where teams actually stand. The schedule is horrible this year.
November 10, 2009 8:58 AM ET | Delete
November 10, 2009 8:58 AM ET | Delete
Seems fine to me...if you keep this up this will mean less and less as the season goes on...by the time you hit 35-40 games per team the weight of each game becomes less (the same reason why 10% of 10 is only 1 but 10% of 100 is 10). This is interesting to see in the beginning of the year because you wouldnt expect to see these teams where they were just by looking at points.
November 10, 2009 8:58 AM ET | Delete
I would be interested to see how this works out in the middle of the season as well because it happens atleast once a year where there is a team (usually the rangers) that have played 6 more games than others but by the time that levels off they are only a point or two ahead in the standings....interesting take and a good way to sort out how teams are really doing early in the season
November 10, 2009 10:50 AM ET | Delete
could have just done winning percentage.
November 10, 2009 11:50 AM ET | Delete
Who ever came up with this years scheduel should be shot
November 10, 2009 3:02 PM ET | Delete
The schedule also has to do with the availability of the arena they play at, so A team like Philly has the 76'ers to compete with for dates, whereas a team like the Sens has pretty much nothing to compete with
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