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A Look At the Math: 2/9/10 February 9, 2010

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.
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Not exactly a full slate tonight, but not exactly a light skate, either. Seven games to be played tonight, and I looked at this schedule and and thought “boring math, right?” Let’s see if my first instinct was correct. All series and magic numbers are accurate as of start of play Monday night.

BOSTON BRUINS AT BUFFALO SABRES. Game 4 of 6. BOS leads by 1. Smallest magic number is BOS -21 against Washington for President’s Trophy and 1 East. It’s a divisional rivalry, and the Bruins have finally figured out how to win hockey games, it seems, so the hockey will be much more exciting than the math. Series is very much in play, although a regulation win by the Bruins would help their cause tremendously. Having the smallest magic number in play as 21 isn’t the most exciting playoff scenario. Watch for the division rivalry, not the math.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS AT NEW YORK ISLANDERS. Game 1 of 1. Smallest magic number is NYI -14 against Washington for President’s Trophy and 1 East. The math on this one doesn’t exactly scream “Watch Me!”

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT CAROLINA HURRICANES. Game 5 of 6. Series is even. FLA is -17 against Washington, and CAR is -9 against Washington, for President’s Trophy, 1 Southeast, and 3 East. Well, here’s something: a single-digit midget in the Hurricanes, who have exactly 9 points of wiggle room against Washington for the President’s Trophy. The Panthers aren’t that far above them, with a -17. This one is going to have much of my attention, largely because it’s the Southeast, but also because it’s the smallest magic number in play league-wide tonight. Winner will be in the driver’s seat for the season series.

CALGARY FLAMES AT OTTAWA SENATORS. Game 1 of 2. Smallest magic number is a trio of 25’s. It’s a cross-Canada match-up, so it’ll make for interesting hockey, but when the magic numbers are all above two dozen, don’t worry about watching for the math.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. Game 1 of 1. TBL are -23 against Washington for President’s Trophy, 1 Southeast, and 3 East; VAN is +20 against Edmonton for 14 West and 4 Northwest. Ah, here’s another one Caps fans might want to keep an eye on. A win by the Canucks would move the Caps’ magic number for the division down to 21.

DETROIT RED WINGS AT ST LOUIS BLUES. Game 5 of 6. “Off” game; STL has clinched series. STL is -19 against Washington, and DET is -24 against Washington, for the President’s Trophy. The Red Wings no doubt hope to salvage some respect from the final two games of this series. Could make for some interesting divisional hockey, although the playoff math here isn’t exactly as riveting as Alias.

DALLAS STARS AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS. Game 3 of 4. DAL leads by 4. CHI is +11 against Edmonton for 14 West. A couple of interesting mathematical notes on this one. Dallas can clinch the series with any point–Chicago has to win this one in regulation, or the series will be decided. And a win by the Hawks would also put them only 9 points away from securing the 14 West spot. Look for a spirited game from the homestanding Hawks: they need this one to keep pace with the Sharks out West.

CAPITAL SPIRIT
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