The return of Points-Blown

I’ve decided to go back to individual posts on points-blown, rather than a dedicated page. This way, each post’s standings will be preserved, rather than just disappearing into the ether as the standings are updated (which was a necessary feature of the dedicated page). Also, this way it’s easier to notify people when the standings are updated, so you don’t have to check back for no reason.

I’ve also decided to split off several of the columns into a separate chart (and recurring post) called Points-Against. If it’s missing from the Points-Blown table, that’s where it is.

Points-Blown Standings - 11/28/13

PAC
CEN
GP
W/L/OTL
PTS
PB
PRJ
ROW
+-3rdP
+-3rdC
+-WC
TO 97
25.13417.511.7
CEN11
CEN
2418-3-3399133153926-26-6
PAC11
PAC
2416-3-53711126145727-25-6
CEN22
CEN
2618-4-44012126150626-25-5
CEN33
CEN
2317-6-03412121170629-25-5
PAC22
PAC
2616-6-43616114120228-23-5
PAC33
PAC
2515-6-43416112110229-23-5
WC14
PAC
2717-7-3371711216-1127-22-6
WC24
CEN
2615-7-4341810712-6029-22-5
WC35
CEN
2312-9-22620939-8-233-21-5
WC46
CEN
2513-10-228229213-10-432-20-5
WC55
PAC
2612-9-529239111-7-531-19-6
WC67
CEN
2712-11-42826857-14-832-18-5
WC76
PAC
248-12-42028686-12-1036-17-5
WC87
PAC
257-16-21634526-18-1638-14-5

Some Observations

  • The Kings have 36 points after 26 games. This is their third best total ever, behind only 1974-75 and 1980-81 (both with 39 points), and tied with 1992-93.
  • WPG and ANA have played 27 games. COL and DAL have played 23.
  • The top eight teams in the West have projected final point totals ranging from 138 (STL) to 107 (MIN).
  • This is unsustainable. Most of these teams (including the Kings) are likely to come back to Earth sooner or later.
  • Unless of course the East plans on continuing to suck for the entire season.
  • Only 5 official points separate 1st from 8th in the conference.
  • But the 1st-to-8th spread in points-blown is almost twice that: 9.
  • Mostly, this means that STL is doing even better than their official point total indicates. Damn.

Q vs. NHL

 
Q RANK
NHL RANK
DELTA
CEN
9123
CEN
462
CEN
121
PAC
671
PAC
231
PAC
13130
CEN
10100
PAC
14140
PAC
550
CEN
880
CEN
1211-1
PAC
119-2
CEN
31-2
PAC
74-3

Key

  • Points-blown refers to the number of points a team could have earned, but did not. They are points-squandered. You get two PBs for a loss, and one PB for an OT/SOL. The lower your total, the better. Like golf. Or cholesterol. For a longer explanation, follow this link.
  • Type CEN in the search window to filter for Central Division only, PAC for Pacific Division only, WC for wild-card race only. Trust me, you want to do this.
  • Two of the columns have, as headers, funny little graphics that look like constellations. They are, sort of. If you’re curious, here’s the source.
  • W = Western Conference.
  • PAC= Pacific Division.
  • CEN= Central Division.
  • GP= games-played.
  • W/L/OTL = wins, losses, over-time and shoot-out losses.
  • PTS = points.
  • PB = points-blown.
  • PRJ = projected final points.
  • ROW = regulation plus OT (but not SO) wins. The first tie-breaker.
  • +/-3rd = the distance in points-blown above or below the 3rd seed in a team’s respective division.
  • +/-WC = the distance in points-blown above or below the last wild-card spot.
  • TO 97 = the record needed to get to the presumed (by me) playoff-threshold.
  • DELTA = the difference between my standings and the official standings.The official NHL standings are sorted by points, then fewest GP, then ROW, then GD. I sort by points-blown, then most GP, then ROW and GD. 
 

  7 comments for “The return of Points-Blown

  1. Token
    November 28, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Hurrah! Huzzah! Long live the Cool Aid!

    Now get on that keyboard and update the depth chart :)

    • November 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      :)

    • Tyfighter77
      November 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Ha I was thinkin the same thing! Quisp I’ve missed your wise words & beloved charts to an embarrassing degree. The guys at JFTC are doing a great job, but it’s not the same since you left. I come here to get my fix – no more lollygagging. (But seriously, appreciate all you do).

      • Kiosku2
        December 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Missed ya Quispy… Ditto the JFTC comment; they do great stuff but I really miss the cool posts you’ve done over the years including but limited too:
        1. “What Lombardi really meant” interview interpretations
        2. Salary Cap circumvention posts
        3. Kovalchuck etal. contract idiocies (see DevilsNation)
        4. Anthonyy POS career prediction discussions/wagers
        The Points Blown stuff is great too. Glad to see it back!… I miss it all!

        Is Niesy ok?… Miss her quality perspective :/…

  2. JZarris
    November 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Yeah! Quisp is back, baby! I was just wondering if all was well, clicked on the bookmark and got the dreaded 404 page…hit refresh and BAM updated points blown appeared. Another thing to be thankful for this weekend…

    • JZarris
      November 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Oh, and Stl. Is looking very good this year, and to see them looking even better here is disheartening. Here’s to another post-season of crushed hopes and dreams.

  3. November 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    As much as I like to think that all of the Western front-runners will eventually come back to earth, the longer that this imbalance continues, the more we will have to take it seriously. In other words, I think it is just possible that the East really does suck that much, and that this is only coming out this year because the two conferences are no longer as isolated from each other as they have been.

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