What’s neat is you can already see the playoff battles setting themselves up with
Every team is good and every team is not quite great. You can see the battle for the division is by no means determined, but mostly a battle between the Oilers and Wild. While unlikely my number crunching is predicting 4 of the Northwest teams to make the playoffs this season, largely due to the poor performance of the Central division (unable to get 2 teams in). If the Flames maintain their level of play they performed in the first 7 games of the season they have a 3% chance of making the playoffs. It would appear that the games within the division will be critical for success in this division.
I wonder when this division will get competitive. A lot of people may have considered Chicago a much better team with Havlat (now injured) playing so well, but their goals against keep adding up and keeping them held back. The Blues keep allowing goals against as do the Columbus Blue Jackets. I expect that the Predators will make the playoffs despite what this shows, Vokoun probably isn’t as good as he played last year, but he’s better than how he started this year.
The pacific division is a very dynamic division, and
If you like these standings I up them periodically at my statistics website
I should note: (all based on a model with 10,000 iterations).
WD - Probability of winning division
MP - Probability of making the playoffs
EPTS - Expected points based on a statistical prediction