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04-02-2013, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by budscweizer16 View Post
Head Crusher, just used ur formula, dont know if i did it right, but i was trying to figure out the flyers magic number as of today. is it 40?
Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
Since Philadelphia does not control their own destiny in the playoff picture, they'd have an elimination number but not a magic number.
Originally Posted by Taco MacArthur View Post
Since "magic number" is just the number of points needed to clinch a playoff spot, Philadelphia would have one. It would be very difficult to calculate (although a swag wouldn't be horrible).
To be exact, Philadelphia's magic number would be higher than the number of points they could gain by winning all of their remaining games.

So they would need some losses by the 9th highest possible team.

For example, prior to tonight games, the Isles are the 9th highest possible team at 61 points.

So the Flyers magic number would be 29, but they only have 26 points available to them.

Also take note that the 9th team may change as we go along.

So it's inexact that the Flyers magic number would drop by 2 (or 1 in in OT/SO) for every Isles loss. You would have to determine who is the 9th-highest possible team.

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