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The Real NHL Standings

After seeing a tweet from hockey social media favorite Sean McIndoe (@DownGoesBrown) yesterday regarding the comedy that is the NHL standings format, it seemed like a good time to take a peek at how they really should look.

So, let's unveil the mask right here. Overtime losses are treated as losses, shootout wins and losses are classified as ties, and goals for and against are adjusted accordingly.

Ladies and gentlemen, "The Real NHL Standings":

                 
Eastern Conference
                 
ATLANTIC GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
44 26 16 2 54 137 111 26
Boston 46 21 22 3 45 115 112 3
Toronto 41 19 16 6 44 127 115 12
Ottawa 41 19 18 4 42 102 106 -4
Florida 45 17 20 8 42 103 117 -14
Tampa Bay 44 18 22 4 40 121 130 -9
Buffalo 42 15 21 6 36 96 114 -18
Detroit 43 13 25 5 31 106 127 -21
                 
METROPOLITAN GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
Washington 43 28 10 5 61 130 82 48
Columbus 42 27 12 3 57 139 94 45
NY Rangers 44 26 15 3 55 150 115 35
Pittsburgh 42 24 15 3 51 143 123 20
Carolina 43 19 18 6 44 119 113 6
Philadelphia 46 17 20 9 43 127 144 -17
New Jersey 45 15 25 5 35 98 127 -29
NY Islanders 41 15 22 4 34 115 125 -10
                 
Western Conference
                 
CENTRAL GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
Minnesota 42 27 12 3 57 137 90 47
Chicago 46 25 18 3 53 124 115 9
St. Louis 44 22 20 2 46 123 128 -5
Nashville 43 19 20 4 42 118 111 7
Winnipeg 46 18 25 3 39 125 139 -14
Dallas 44 18 26 0 36 118 134 -16
Colorado 41 13 27 1 27 82 136 -54
                 
PACIFIC GP W L T PTS GF GA GD
San Jose 43 23 18 2 48 110 100 10
Anaheim 46 22 21 3 47 121 115 6
Edmonton 45 20 19 6 46 125 118 7
Calgary 46 21 21 4 46 117 123 -6
Los Angeles 43 21 18 4 46 109 105 4
Vancouver 45 16 23 6 38 107 128 -21
Arizona 42 9 28 5 23 86 133 -47

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Well, 3rd from last ain’t bad. Is it?

Posted by SlimChance on 01/16/17 at 01:20 PM ET

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This shines a light on the fact that parity in the league is an artificial construct driven by a point system and not the actual quality of the team.

Posted by Ventr on 01/16/17 at 01:28 PM ET

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And it is also precisely the reason why Bettman will never do away with the existing point system, as it allows crap teams to appear “in the hunt” when that is really just an illusion.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 01/16/17 at 01:49 PM ET

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This shines a light on the fact that parity in the league is an artificial construct driven by a point system and not the actual quality of the team.

Posted by Ventr on 01/16/17 at 12:28 PM ET

1000 times that

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 01/16/17 at 02:04 PM ET

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I think that is an over exaggeration of what it really shows. Of course changing how points are assigned will change the standings but what the stats are now doesn’t take into account how teams would have actually played given the possibility of a tie and zero points. It’s a fun experiment but not much more than that.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/16/17 at 02:32 PM ET

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While I’m all for getting rid of the loser point and have no issues with accepting ties, I still like to see one more tweak to the standings I’ve been trying to get across for years, POINT PERCENTAGE.

Since there is rarely a time when all teams have played the same number of games and fans typically want to see how well the team is doing based on comparison, it makes more sense to give them a more accurate measure.

Right now you’d see that Toronto and Ottawa are actually AHEAD of Boston, not behind them, because they have higher percentage of possible points than Boston. Los Angeles is actually ahead of both Edmonton and Calgary.

With the introduction of bye weeks, it’s even more important this season.

Posted by evileye on 01/16/17 at 03:33 PM ET

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I agree with you, percentage with games behind, just like baseball. also a win is a win, a loss is a loss.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/16/17 at 09:54 PM ET

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