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Western Conference standings after tonight's games( except Anaheim/Vancouver which is ongoing).

Remember the first tie breaker is regulation and overtime wins (ROW) and the second tie breaker is head to head.

The seconde tie breaker could come into play with Detroit and Minnesota and the Wild would win, defeating the Wings 2 out of 3 this season.

The Wild have a game at home tomorrow against Edmonton and play in Denver on Saturday (7:30pm ET)

Also on Saturday, the Blue Jackets host the Nashville Predators at home and the Red Wings travel to Dallas. Both Saturday games have a 7:00pm ET start.


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Jacob Russell's avatar

Detroit Gets In With -
A win in their final game. OR
An overtime / shootout loss in their final game. OR
A loss in regulation or overtime / shootout by columbus in their final game. OR
Losses by Minnesota in their final two games.

Minnesota Gets In With -
A win in either of their last two games. OR
Overtime / Shootout Losses in both their last two games. OR
A loss by Columbus in regulation in their final game. OR
(An overtime / shootout loss in one of their last two games. AND
  An overtime / shootout loss by Columbus in their final game.)

Columbus Gets In With -
(A win in their final game AND
  [A regulation loss by Detroit in their final game OR
  Losses by Minnesota in their final two games.]) OR
(An overtime / shootout loss in their final game AND
  Losses by Minnesota in their final two games.)

I think that covers all the possibilities in the West at this point.

Posted by Jacob Russell from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/26/13 at 01:13 AM ET


Again, it’s important to note that if Detroit was 6-2 in the stupid SO instead of 2-6 they’d be tied in points for the 4 seed.

And this is after having all the injury problems they’ve had this year.

Stuff like that is important when people starting sewing together voodoo dolls in the shape of Ken Holland and Mike Babcock.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 04/26/13 at 09:59 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

And if Detroit had scored only one more goal in each game, they’d be in 4th as well.

And if Lidstrom hadn’t retired, Quincey wouldn’t be costing the team games.

And if my aunt had testicles, she’d be my uncle. But I’m sure that tidbit of counterfactual standings in re-imagining Gary’s gimmick would have gravitas at TPSH.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/26/13 at 10:28 AM ET

Primis's avatar

The Wild have two cupcakes up, but one of them is in Denver where the Avs are decent and they’re also not playing well now that they’re eliminated.

Posted by Primis on 04/26/13 at 11:00 AM ET

SYF's avatar

If CBJ takes the eighth spot (and the Wings making it in seventh), the Cawks ought to be nervous as all hell because this ain’t the same CBJ team that started the season.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/26/13 at 11:37 AM ET


Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/26/13 at 10:28 AM ET

The key assumption here, though, is that a team’s shootout record is more a function of randomness than it is any actual skill or ability of the teams involved. Which, over a sample as small as just 8 shootout appearances, certainly seems to be the case.

Todd Bertuzzi being hurt doesn’t explain the Red Wings morphing from a .750 shootout team last year to a .250 shootout team this year. Most of that difference is just cruelly bad luck.

The Red Wings may or may not make the playoffs this year but they’re probably better than the 7th-9th best team in the West.


Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/26/13 at 01:26 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I get his point, but don’t really think much of it. Every team is bound by the randomness of the points system and tie breakers.

Shootouts are much less about “luck” than they are the mental part of the game. If it were just luck, they could draw straws or cast lots for the extra point.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/26/13 at 01:35 PM ET

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