Simon Roberts (simonbob) wrote,
Simon Roberts
simonbob

One last quick thought

As the man in Pittsburgh mangles the national anthem, I'm doing a little number-crunching. Some guy on Fark mentioned that good shootout records didn't matter in the postseason. I don't remember what point he was making but I separated the overtime wins and losses from the shootout records (which were available on nhl.com, but on different pages for some reason) and took a look. Tossed in the two nearest misses to the playoffs for comparison's sake, too.
	WIN	LOSS	OTW	OTL	DRAW*	SOW	SOL	POINTS
WAS	43	15	6	7	11	5	6	116
NJD	40	27	2	2	11	6	5	97
BUF	35	27	6	4	10	4	6	96
PIT	33	28	6	5	10	8	2	93
OTT	34	32	5	1	10	5	5	89
BOS	25	30	4	4	19	10	9	81
PHI	35	35	2	3	7	4	3	84
MON	24	33	8	5	12	7	5	81
NYR	34	33	1	7	7	3	4	84
ATL	29	34	2	7	10	4	6	79

SJS	43	20	1	5	13	7	6	106
CHI	37	22	6	2	15	9	6	103
VAN	41	28	4	1	8	4	4	99
PHX	31	25	5	1	20	14	6	93
DET	33	24	5	5	15	6	9	96
LAK	32	27	4	1	18	10	8	91
NAS	33	29	6	2	12	8	4	92
COL	54	30	2	4	12	7	5	88
STL	30	32	3	5	12	7	5	83
CAL	35	32	2	3	10	3	7	87

* combined shootout wins and losses

Now, this isn't 100% accurate, since games ending in draws would play out differently than the modern shootout equivalent. But it's enough to draw a few conclusions. There's only a few teams that would see any mobility: Phoenix would drop to the other side of Detroit, LA and Nashville would swap places, and the Rangers vault the Habs while the Bruins drop into the last spot in the east. (Calgary still misses by a single point.) However, we can also see that those same teams are the most prolific at extending the extra end in the first place. And it's so important to win those big overtime battles in the playoffs, which starts with giving yourself the chance by keeping the puck out of your end. I wouldn't worry about it if I were Buffalo, but Detroit must be lifting an eyebrow right about now.

On the other hand, if you just win games outright, you never have to worry about an OT situation. We'll see how it plays out. (Pens and Sens are tied 1-1 as I close this post.)
Tags: my equally valid opinion
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