Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Toughest Division to Play

In the post lock-out era which NHL division has been the toughest to play against? Based on the regular season's records of each team for the past two years, I've put together a ranking for toughest division. The following is the combined records of each division vs. the rest of the league:


vs ATL
vs NE
vs SE
vs CEN vs NW
vs PAC
Eastern Conference W L OL W L OL W L OL W L OL W L OL W L OL
ATLANTIC x x x 90 88 22 96 75 29 24 18 8 12 11 2 11 12 2
NORTHEAST 110 64 26 x x x 117 68 15 12 9 4 24 23 3 11 10 4
SOUTHEAST 104 75 21 83 97 20 x x x 19 3 3 6 13 6 20 26 4




















vs ATL
vs NE
vs SE
vs CEN vs NW
vs PAC
Western Conference W L OL W L OL W L OL W L OL W L OL W L OL
CENTRAL 26 16 8 13 10 2 6 13 6 x x x 94 79 27 89 91 20
NORTHWEST 13 7 5 26 17 7 19 5 1 106 75 19 x x x 102 74 24
PACIFIC 14 7 4 14 9 2 30 16 4 111 70 19 98 84 18 x x x

Using the NHL's formula for standings points - 2 points for a win and 1 point for an over time loss here is the combined totals:


Vs League
Eastern Conference W L OL PTS
ATLANTIC 233 204 63 529
NORTHEAST 274 174 52 600
SOUTHEAST 232 214 54 518






Vs League
Western Conference W L OL PTS
CENTRAL 228 209 63 519
NORTHWEST 266 178 56 588
PACIFIC 267 186 47 581

So here is the the rankings for NHL's Toughest Division to Play:

Rank


Division
1


NORTHEAST
2


NORTHWEST
3


PACIFIC
4


ATLANTIC
5


CENTRAL
6


SOUTHEAST

One last thing, thanks to The Puck Stops Here for helping me out with my incredible math skills and allowing me to make this post as accurate as possible.

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