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NHL Magic Numbers, Tragic Numbers, & Potential Points Standings - 2011-12 Running Charts

Latest update: end of day April 07, Final Charts

How is your team really doing?

Visitors, welcome, you are appreciated! Please tell us where you're from in the poll following the charts.

Is there 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, or winning percentage, but shown in a way that is easier to comprehend.

These standings will be updated 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 the number of potential points needed to obtain a playoff spot at the time of the latest update.

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

So then, how is your team really doing?
(Find out on the other side of The Jump)

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For more specific explanations of the terms and abbreviations, see:

Glossaries: Sharkstistics and Potential Points Standings charts explained.

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2011-12 Regular Season Final April 07









Pot. Pts. Western



Games Points Potential Best Make Win Win Pres.
Place Conference Division Wins ROW Points Remain Remain Points Place Play- Offs Div. Conf. Trphy
1st Vancouver Canucks NW 51 43 111 0 0 111 CL111 -0 CL99 -7 CL97 -8 CL111 -0 CL111 -0
2nd St. Louis Blues Cen 49 45 109 0 0 109 CL109 -0 CL100 -9 CL106 -3 E109 -0 E109 -0
3rd Phoenix Coyotes Pac 42 36 97 0 0 97 CL97 -0 CL93 -2 CL97 -0 E84 -8 E84 -8
4th Nashville Predators Cen 48 43 104 0 0 104 CL102 -1 CL96 -5 E98 -3 E98 -3 E96 -5
5th Detroit Red Wings Cen 48 39 102 0 0 102 CL102 -0 CL97 -6 E97 -4 E97 -4 E97 -5
6th Chicago Blackhawks Cen 45 38 101 0 0 101 CL101 -0 CL97 -3 E93 -5 E93 -5 E93 -5
7th San Jose Sharks Pac 43 34 96 0 0 96 CL96 -0 CL92 -2 E94 -1 E82 -9 E82 -9
8th Los Angeles Kings Pac 40 34 95 0 0 95 CL95 -0 CL93 -2 E94 -1 E86 -7 E86 -7
9th Calgary Flames NW 37 34 90 0 0 90 CL90 -0 E86 -2 E83 -6 E80 -10 E80 -10
10th Dallas Stars Pac 42 35 89 0 0 89 CL89 -0 E89 -1 E89 -1 E85 -8 E85 -8
11th Colorado Avalanche NW 41 32 88 0 0 88 CL88 -0 E88 -1 E85 -6 E83 -8 E83 -8
12th Minnesota Wild NW 35 24 81 0 0 81 CL81 -1 E72 -7 E68 -12 E68 -14 E68 -14
13th Anaheim Ducks Pac 34 31 80 0 0 80 CL80 -0 E77 -5 E75 -6 E68 -13 E68 -13
14th Edmonton Oilers NW 32 27 74 0 0 74 CL73 -2 E67 -8 E58 -15 E56 -17 E56 -17
15th Columbus Blue Jackets Cen 29 25 65 0 0 65 CL55 -8 E51 -13 E41 -21 E41 -22 E41 -22
















Playoffs Round 1 Quarter 8th LA 7th SJ 6th Chi 5th Det




Western Conference Finals 1st Vanc 2nd StL 3rd Phx 4th Nash

































Pot. Pts Eastern



Games Points Potential Best Make Win Win Pres.
Place Conference Division Wins ROW Points Remain Remain Points Place Play- Offs Div. Conf. Trphy
1st New York Rangers Atl 51 47 109 0 0 109 CL109 -2 CL97 -10 CL109 -2 CL109 -2 E109 -0
2nd Boston Bruins NE 49 40 102 0 0 102 CL98 -3 CL94 -5 CL98 -3 E96 -6 E93 -6
3rd Florida Panthers SE 38 32 94 0 0 94 CL94 -0 CL92 -2 CL94 -0 E87 -7 E87 -7
4th Pittsburgh Penguins Atl 51 42 108 0 0 108 CL106 -1 CL98 -9 E102 -3 E102 -3 E102 -3
5th Philadelphia Flyers Atl 47 43 103 0 0 103 CL103 -1 CL96 -7 E99 -4 E99 -4 E99 -4
6th New Jersey Devils Atl 48 36 102 0 0 102 CL98 -2 CL96 -3 E92 -5 E92 -5 E90 -6
7th Washington Capitals SE 42 38 92 0 0 92 CL92 -0 CL90 -1 E92 -0 E80 -9 E78 -10
8th Ottawa Senators NE 41 35 92 0 0 92 CL92 -0 CL92 -3 E92 -3 E84 -7 E84 -8
9th Buffalo Sabres NE 39 32 89 0 0 89 CL88 -1 E88 -1 E86 -4 E78 -9 E98 -12
10th Tampa Bay Lightning SE 38 35 84 0 0 84 CL84 -0 E79 -4 E77 -5 E71 -12 E71 -13
11th Winnipeg Jets SE 37 33 84 0 0 84 CL84 -0 E81 -3 E78 -5 E76 -10 E74 -12
12th Carolina Hurricanes SE 33 32 82 0 0 82 CL82 -1 E78 -3 E77 -5 E67 -13 E67 -13
13th Toronto Maple Leafs NE 35 31 80 0 0 80 CL80 -0 E75 -5 E75 -6 E68 -13 E68 -13
14th New York Islanders Atl 34 27 79 0 0 79 CL79 -0 E77 -4 E66 -13 E66 -13 E65 -14
15th Montreal Canadiens NE 31 26 78 0 0 78 CL76 -2 E71 -6 E69 -9 E60 -15 E60 -15
















Playoffs Round 1 Quarter 8th Ott 7th Wash 6th NJ 5th Phi




Eastern Conference Finals 1st NYR 2nd Bos 3rd FL 4th Pit


















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