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11-28-2012, 12:10 PM
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Thirty One
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Here is the Standings on January 1 last season, sorted on points per game played:

EASTERN CONFERENCE
GP Pts Pts/GP
1 Boston 35 49 1.40
2 NY Rangers 36 50 1.39
3 Florida 39 47 1.21
4 Philadelphia 36 48 1.33
5 Pittsburgh 38 46 1.21
6 New Jersey 37 43 1.16
7 Washington 37 42 1.14
8 Winnipeg 38 43 1.13
9 Ottawa 39 43 1.10
10 Toronto 38 41 1.08
11 Buffalo 38 38 1.00
12 Tampa Bay 37 37 1.00
13 Montreal 39 35 0.90
14 NY Islanders 36 32 0.89
15 Carolina 40 32 0.80
WESTERN CONFERENCE
GP Pts Pts/GP
1 Chicago 38 52 1.37
2 Vancouver 39 50 1.28
3 San Jose 34 42 1.24
4 Detroit 38 49 1.29
5 St Louis 38 47 1.24
6 Minnesota 40 48 1.20
7 Nashville 39 46 1.18
8 Dallas 37 43 1.16
9 Los Angeles 39 44 1.13
10 Phoenix 39 42 1.08
11 Colorado 40 43 1.08
12 Calgary 40 41 1.03
13 Edmonton 37 33 0.89
14 Anaheim 37 26 0.70
15 Columbus 40 25 0.63

48 games is plenty to separate the good teams from the bad. There's always a certain randomness to the playoffs anyways.

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