## Glossaries: Sharkstistics and Potential Points Standings charts explained

These are the Glossaries and Explanations for the different statistical charts that cover the Sharkstistics & Goalie Performance, and also the NHL Magic & Tragic Numbers and the Potential Points Standings, that I tend to post throughout the seasons.

They are all posted here so I only have to link to them and not to have to repost them every time the charts are posted.

Explanation of the NHL Magic & Tragic Numbers, and the Potential Points Standings:

Like it or lump it, these charts indicate the true standings, based on how the teams are actually doing!

Someone recently commented asking if there was such a thing as a "Magic Number" in the NHL. Well, I've been keeping the stats toward the end of the season, in the last several seasons, of where teams sit, what is the best they can do with what points are available to them, how many points will it take to make the playoffs, and to win division/conference/presidents trophy.

These stats change every day, and the teams are not in the same order of the current NHL standings, rather, they are in the order of their Potential Points (maximum points they can get). One might even go so far to say that these are the true standings, equal to standings based on average points per game, but shown in a way that is easier to comprehend.

Since I'm posting this far earlier than I would've normally started keeping these stats, at first they might not be updated daily, but rather as often as possible. The closer to the end of the season, the more often this chart will be updated. When teams start getting close to obtaining a certain position, then I'll try to keep them updated every day or so.

How it works: At the beginning of the season, every team has the potential of 164 Points, which would be obtained by winning all 82 of the regular season games. When a team loses, whether in regulation, overtime, or shootout, that Potential Points number drops. In these charts, no team can climb up the charts; a win keeps the team at the same potential points. A team can only fall as they lose their potential points. Although these charts might not show the current NHL standings, they are virtually the exact equivalent of the charts that compute Points Per Game, but in a much easier-to-understand format, without having to use decimals to 4 or 5 places, and without having to calculate the very inaccurate projected records for all of the teams. A team can be in the running according to the NHL standings, but still be sitting below (low) the number of potential points needed to obtain a playoff spot at the time of the latest update.

As teams drop below the number of points that a leading team actually has, the dropped team will be eliminated from that particular place in the standings, and the Best They Can Do number will change accordingly. A team will receive an elimination symbol (E) as they are eliminated from the chance of winning the Presidents Trophy, the Conference, their Division, and from obtaining a Playoff spot. Example, a team is eliminated from obtaining a playoff spot with 14 games remaining, and where the team has 49 points at the time of elimination. Under the To Make Playoffs heading, on the team's line, it will show as E49-14.

If there is a T with a number, example T6, then that is the team's Tragic Number (elimination number which is a combination of the leader's 2 point wins or the tragic teams 0 point losses); a countdown of that team until they are eliminated.

If there is an M with a number, example M6, then that is the team's Magic Number (a clinching number which is a combination of the team's 2 point wins and the lower team's 0 point losses); a countdown of that team until they clinch whichever place it pertains to.

If there is a wtb with a number, that means the spot can be clinched with tie breakers. Means that, at the time of posting, there are at least two teams that are tied with the same Potential Points, and are tied for the spot indicated.

Prop Conf means the proposed realignment plan, with West, MidWest, Central, and East replacing the yet-unnamed Conferences.

The little po## (example po75) you might see at the bottom of each Conference, is the current points that are needed (or the current points of the 8th seeded team) to have a playoff spot, for each Conference.

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Sharkstistics Glossary:

3+ days off = there were 3 or more days off between games.

10G/Pts = record at 10 games / number of Standings Points, also goes for 20G/Pts, and so forth.

AVGGF-GA = Average number of Goals the Sharks scored, then the average number of goals scored against the Sharks, per game.

GA = number of goals scored against the Sharks.

GF = number of goals the Sharks scored.

GP = number of games played.

In Net = which Goalie was in net, or played as goalie when Sharks net was empty.

Losses or L = number of games lost.

No Decision = the goalie played in the game, but didn't get the W, L, or SOTL, when they either came in as a sub, or left with an injury, etc.

OTL = Overtime loss.

OTW = Overtime Win.

PDT = Pacific Daylight-Savings Time.

PST = Pacific Standard Time.

PT = Pacific Time

PGP = The average of the Goalie's GF or GA Per Games Played (regardless of Starts or Playing Time).

Pts-PerG = number of standings Points, then the Points averaged per Game.

ROW = number of wins in Regulation time and wins in Overtime. Shootout wins are not counted for tiebreaker purposes.

Season = the Season-Year that the statistics are for.

sch = the total number of games for each x-days-off that are scheduled for the season.

Shutout = the Goalie didn't allow the team to score a goal in Regulation gametime, nor in Overtime. Goalie still can get a Shutout if they don't allow any goals in Regulation or Overtime, but lose the game in a Shootout.

SOL = Shootout loss.

SOTL = number of games lost in either Overtime or lost in a Shootout.

SOW = Shootout Win.

Starts-Played = number of games the Goalie started - number of games in which the Goalie played.

x-days-off = the number of days off between games. Example, game on Thursday and a game on Saturday means Sat.'s game is a 1 day off game, as Friday was the day off.

Wins or W = number of games won.

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