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12-27-2008, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by nyr7andcounting View Post
What's laughable is that you don't understand that in order to compare where teams are in the standings when not everyone has played the same amount of games, you need to use point percentage rather than actual points.
No, to compare where teams are in the standings you just look at where they are in the standings. Hockey is the kind of sport where anyone can win on any given night and teams go on prolonged hot and cold streaks.

Now, to compare where teams may be at the end of the season at their current pace, then point projections can be used effectively, but they are still just predictions, with no reason to believe the final standings will resemble what the point projections say now.


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You're saying that if we want to seed the teams for the playoffs right now, we should assume that they will all play a different amount of games this season.
I think the point is more that the standings are the standings and point percentages aren't. We have no way to know how the games will turn out, and there's little point in assuming things will continue the way they're going now.

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And stop worrying about how many points Boston would be projected to have. That's not the point at all.
Well it does show how flawed the point percentage system can be, insofar as right now it's showing a completely unrealistic outcome.

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