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If Michael Stipe Sang About The Standings

Since we’re a little bit past the quarter point of the season, it’s time to do my semi-regular look at standings if the whole system was changed. The league’s system trumpets parity, and it’s definitely working in terms of keeping things interesting as technically only five teams are below .500. In the east, four teams are within four points of eight place and in the west, 9-15 are within six points of eighth.

Now, how do those records look when you make a loss of any kind just a loss? Before we get to the pure numbers, cue up R.E.M.‘s Stand and sing along to the tune:

If OTs were losses, teams would be falling
Listen to reason, reason is calling
Your point system keeps teams around
Shootouts lift bad teams off the ground

Standings in the place where you live
They go north
Think about wins and losses like we had them before

Ok, so we’re not REALLY looking at them like we had them before (no ties in this number crunching) but here’s a quick look at how bad some good teams suddenly become. Chicago, Montreal, I’m looking at you. And Tampa Bay? Those are numbers that rival the worst NBA team.

Eastern Conference Standings      
Atlantic   GP   W   L
NY Rangers   30   18   12
Pittsburgh   27   15   12
Philadelphia   26   13   13
New Jersey   24   14   10
NY Islanders   27   10   17

Northeast   GP   W   L
Boston   27   19   8
Montreal   26   15   11
Buffalo   27   13   14
Toronto   28   10   18
Ottawa   25   10   15

Southeast   GP   W   L
Washington   28   15   13
Carolina   28   13   15
Florida   27   12   15
Atlanta   26   9   17
Tampa Bay   27   6   21

Western Conference Standings      
Central   GP   W   L
Detroit   26   18   8
Chicago   25   12   13
Nashville   27   14   13
St. Louis   26   12   13
Columbus   27   11   16

Northwest   GP   W   L
Calgary   27   16   11
Vancouver   28   15   13
Minnesota   26   15   11
Edmonton   26   13   13
Colorado   27   13   14

Pacific   GP   W   L
San Jose   27   22   5
Anaheim   28   15   13
Los Angeles   26   11   15
Phoenix   27   12   15
Dallas   26   10   16

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