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02-07-2013, 10:23 PM
The Head Crusher
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I always used this formula:


G=Total games in a season
A= Team A (The team you are making the magic number for)
B= Team B (The team you want to eliminate)

For example, lets say Edmonton is competing with Colorado for the 8th and final playoff spot in a full 82 game season, and the team records are as follows

EDM - 37-34-7
COL - 35-33-10

To find the Magic number of wins Edmonton would need to make the playoffs we would use the formula as follows:

(82*2)+1-(2*37)-(7)-(2*33)-(10)= 8pts or 4 Games

If Edmonton can record 8 points or Colorado loses 8 points in the remaining 4 games that each team has then they eliminate Colorado and lock up the 8th spot.


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