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The Real NHL Standings Halfway Through

Everyone has played half their schedule now, so this is something I like to do. It’s what the standings would look like if it were a system that made sense. We do it two ways, so walk with me here. First, here are the standings as they are now:

Atlantic Division GP W L OL PTS
Tampa Bay Lightning 42 32 8 2 66
Toronto Maple Leafs 42 27 13 2 56
Boston Bruins 42 24 14 4 52
Buffalo Sabres 42 22 14 6 50
Montreal Canadiens 43 22 16 5 49
Florida Panthers 40 17 16 7 41
Detroit Red Wings 44 16 21 7 39
Ottawa Senators 43 15 23 5 35
Metropolitan Division GP W L OL PTS
Washington Capitals 41 25 12 4 54
Pittsburgh Penguins 42 23 13 6 52
Columbus Blue Jackets 41 24 14 3 51
New York Islanders 40 23 13 4 50
Carolina Hurricanes 41 19 17 5 43
New York Rangers 41 17 17 7 41
New Jersey Devils 41 16 18 7 39
Philadelphia Flyers 42 15 21 6 36
Central Division GP W L OL PTS
Nashville Predators 44 26 15 3 55
Winnipeg Jets 41 26 13 2 54
Colorado Avalanche 42 20 14 8 48
Dallas Stars 43 22 17 4 48
Minnesota Wild 41 21 17 3 45
Chicago Blackhawks 45 16 22 7 39
St. Louis Blues 40 17 19 4 38
Pacific Division GP W L OL PTS
Calgary Flames 44 27 13 4 58
Vegas Golden Knights 45 26 15 4 56
San Jose Sharks 44 24 13 7 55
Anaheim Ducks 43 19 17 7 45
Vancouver Canucks 45 20 21 4 44
Edmonton Oilers 42 20 19 3 43
Arizona Coyotes 42 18 21 3 39
Los Angeles Kings 44 17 24 3 37

Now, let’s get rid of this ridiculous OT system. So all overtimes and shootouts are just ties, and we’ll simply measure by regulation wins:

Atlantic Division GP W L T PTS
Tampa Bay Lightning 42 24 8 8 56
Toronto Maple Leafs 42 22 13 5 49
Boston Bruins 42 19 14 5 43
Montreal Canadiens 43 18 16 4 40
Buffalo Sabres 42 14 14 8 36
Florida Panthers 40 11 16 6 28
Ottawa Senators 43 12 23 3 27
Detroit Red Wings 44 8 21 8 24
Metropolitan Division GP W L T PTS
Washington Capitals 41 19 12 6 44
Pittsburgh Penguins 42 19 13 4 42
Columbus Blue Jackets 41 19 14 5 43
New York Islanders 40 18 13 5 41
Carolina Hurricanes 41 16 17 3 35
New York Rangers 41 11 17 6 28
New Jersey Devils 41 14 18 2 30
Philadelphia Flyers 42 12 21 3 27
Central Division GP W L T PTS
Nashville Predators 44 22 15 4 48
Winnipeg Jets 41 20 13 6 46
Colorado Avalanche 42 19 14 2 40
Dallas Stars 43 19 17 1 39
Minnesota Wild 41 17 17 5 39
St. Louis Blues 40 15 19 2 32
Chicago Blackhawks 45 11 22 5 27
Pacific Division GP W L T PTS
Calgary Flames 44 23 13 4 50
Vegas Golden Knights 45 22 15 4 48
San Jose Sharks 44 21 13 3 45
Edmonton Oilers 42 14 19 6 34
Anaheim Ducks 43 14 17 6 34
Vancouver Canucks 45 12 21 7 31
Arizona Coyotes 42 13 21 5 31
Los Angeles Kings 44 12 24 5 29

Not too much changes, but it’s also not the same. The Lightning are still running away with the league. The Wings would comfortably be the worst team in the league. The Hawks would be marooned in the Central, and the Oilers would look a little rosier. The Sharks would be in bigger trouble than they are now. Just a fun little experiment to see who’s doing the real work.

 

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