A Look At the Playoff Race in the West

First, the up to date standings in the West Playoff Race with explanations for some of the columns on the spreadsheet: 

Pos Team     W      L  OTL  GP  GR Pts PtPct PrjPts

MaxPts

PtsRq'd

PtPctRq'd

1 Detroit 43 15 8 66 16 94 0.712 117 126 --- ---
2 San Jose 32 12 10 64 18 94 0.734 120 130 --- ---
3 Calgary 39 21 6 66 16 84 0.636 104 116 4 0.135
4 Chicago 36 19 9 64 18 81 0.633 104 117 7 0.203
5 Vancouver 34 23 8 65 17 76 0.585 96 110 12 0.362
6 Columbus 33 27 6 66 16 72 0.545 89 104 16 0.510
7 Nashville 33 29 4 66 16 70 0.530 87 102 18 0.572
8 Edmonton 32 27 6 65 17 70 0.538 88 104 18 0.538
9 Dallas 31 27 8 66 16 70 0.530 87 102 18 0.572
10 Minnesota 32 28 5 65 17 69 0.531 87 103 19 0.568
11 Anaheim 31 30 6 67 15 68 0.507 83 98 20 0.677
12 LA 29 28 9 66 16 67 0.508 83 99 21 0.666
13 St. Louis 29 28 8 65 17 66 0.508 83 100 22 0.656

Everything from Pos column to the 'Pts' column should be self explanatory. As for the rest:

  • PtPct - Point Percentage (Pts / Total Number of Points Possible up to this point in the season)
  • PrjPts - Projected end of season point total based on current Point Percentage
  • MaxPts - Total number of points a team would get if they win out
  • PtsRq'd - This is the number of points needed to reach the projected point total for the 8th seed, which is currently 88.
  • PtPctRq'd - Percentage of Points a team would need in it's remaining games to reach the projected point total for the 8th seed (Detroit and San Jose have already surpassed the 88 point barrier).

LA beat the Canucks, 3-2, to win their third consecutive game and climb within 3 points of the final playoff spot. Still, they would need to gain points at a 66% clip in order to hit that 88 point mark.

As for the Stars, they're on the outside looking in as of this morning. Their situation's made worse by the fact they only have 31 wins and would, as of now, lose a tiebreaker to Nashville, Columbus, Edmonton, and Minnesota.

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