Hockey Stuff: Eklund’s Playoff Prediction

Eklund from HockeyBuzz.com has posted his thoughts about what the final regular-season NHL standings might look like. (The top eight of the 16 teams in each conference make the playoffs.) You can check them out below. In the meantime, the Hurricanes are at Chicago tonight, still with a seven-point lead over the Washington Capitals (hosting Calgary tonight) in the Southeast Division. (In Eklund’s final standings, Carolina gets 3rd seed in the conference based on winning the division.)

In case you’re not aware, “Ek” is the anonymous hockey blogger from HockeyBuzz.com who has the inside scoop in what’s taking place in the NHL. Here’s his post…

The Surprising Final Standings

Here are the final standings based on all the teams playing their remaining games and the team currently with more points winning each game… In determining a winner between teams who had played different amounts of games I awarded one point per game at hand to the team who had played less games. Because of the dreaded three-point games, I decided to make each game that was between two teams that were within three points of one another a three point game by giving one point to the loser. I also gave the home team the extra point in games where the point total between the two teams was a tie.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. DETROIT…….120
2. SAN JOSE…..112
3. CALGARY……103
4. DALLAS……..102
5. ANAHEIM……99 (45 WINS)
6. VANCOUVER..99 (42 WINS)
7. MINNESOTA…97
8. NASHVILLE……94 (42 WINS)

9. COLORADO…..94 (41 WINS)
10. COLUMBUS…82
11. PHOENIX……80
12. CHICAGO……79
13. EDMONTON…78
14. ST. LOUIS…..72
15. LA KINGS……60

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. NEW JERSEY….108
2. MONTREAL…….107
3. CAROLINA……..101
4. PITTSBURGH….105
5. OTTAWA………..101 (46 WINS)
6. NY RANGERS….101 (43 WINS)
7. BOSTON…………94
8. PHILADELPHIA…88

9. FLORIDA…………85
10. WASHINGTON…84
11. BUFFALO………..83
12. TORONTO……….74
13. NY ISLANDERS..73
14. ATLANTA………..72
15.TAMPA BAY………62

First Round Matchups

Devils vs. Flyers
Canadiens vs. Bruins
Hurricanes vs. Rangers
Penguins vs. Ottawa

Red Wings vs. Predators
Sharks vs. Wild
Flames vs. Canucks
Stars vs. Ducks

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