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# The mathematics of a 48 game season

 01-03-2013, 04:59 AM #1 Mr Wentworth Arch Duke of Raleigh     Join Date: Aug 2008 Country: Posts: 6,047 vCash: 500 The mathematics of a 48 game season To the best of my knowledge, the number 48 is being kicked around because is the number of games played in the (94) 95 season. There were less teams then. How does the mathematics of a 48 game season work with 30 teams? I can't divide it out and figure it out. I can't figure out how there will be equal games at home, away and against whom; how the games will be divided. How many against your division, how many against the rest of the conference? To me, 56 is the number (to me at least) 2 home games and 2 away games against the other teams in your conference. Isles at Sens twice, Sens visit the Isles twice. Habs at Tampa twice, Tampa at the Habs twice. Wild at the Stars twice...etc... No out of conference play. Teams 1-8 make the playoffs (no division winners, just one big conference tournament type of thing) So, is the number 48 workable? If so, how? And, as stated in my opening sentence, is the number 48 being kicked around b/c it was the number of games played in the last truncated season?
 01-03-2013, 05:13 AM #2 capitalsrock Registered User     Join Date: Sep 2012 Country: Posts: 2,244 vCash: 500 sniper...
 01-03-2013, 06:19 AM #3 I Hate Chris Butler Backlund Fan Club     Join Date: Jul 2008 Location: Saskatchewan Country: Posts: 17,004 vCash: 150 30 games against division. 18 against rest of conference. Simple. You're overthinking it and making it more complicated than it needs to be.
01-03-2013, 06:29 AM
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 Originally Posted by I Hate Jay Feaster 30 games against division. 18 against rest of conference. Simple. You're overthinking it and making it more complicated than it needs to be.
How would that work? You have 4 division opponents and 10 conference opponents.

Someone in the lockout thread mentioned it. Only way it works evenly for 48 games is 7 games against your division teams (28) and 2 games against the other teams in the conference (20).

Another idea could be 6 against your division (24) two against the rest of the conference (20) and then 4 random games to fill-in.

Could also just be either 3 or 4 games against each team in the conference to 48 games. Maybe something like 4 against the division (16) and 3 against the rest of the conference (30) with 2 random games to get to 48.

I will say if they are going to do some kind of balanced schedule like they did in 95, I would be a proponent of getting rid of division standings for the year. Just have conference standings.

01-03-2013, 06:30 AM
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 Originally Posted by I Hate Jay Feaster 30 games against division. 18 against rest of conference. Simple. You're overthinking it and making it more complicated than it needs to be.
5 teams in a division.
There are 4 other teams.
30 can't be divided by 4 (without a remainder)

10 teams in the rest of the conference.
18 can't be divided by 10 (without a remainder)

Perhaps I'm doing my math wrong....

 01-03-2013, 06:33 AM #6 Shrimper Trick or ruddy treat     Join Date: Feb 2010 Location: Essex Country: Posts: 78,687 vCash: 50 7* division teams (7 * 4 = 28 games) 2* conference teams (2*10 = 20 games) Done.
 01-03-2013, 06:36 AM #7 bigbuffalo313 Registered User     Join Date: Apr 2012 Location: New York Country: Posts: 3,395 vCash: 500 3 games against your division-12 games 2 games against the rest of your conference-20 games 1 game against the othe conference-15 games 12+20+15=47 Throw in one more game against a team from the other conference and you have 48.
 01-03-2013, 06:43 AM #8 RangerBoy #freejtmiller     Join Date: Mar 2002 Location: New York Country: Posts: 32,941 vCash: 500 Rob Rossi reported 28 division games. 4 teams. 7 games. 20 games against the other 2 divisions. 10 teams. 2 games. That's 48 games. January 19 will Rivalry Day. All of the rivals begin the season playing each other. Pitt is playing Philly.
 01-03-2013, 06:47 AM #9 I Hate Chris Butler Backlund Fan Club     Join Date: Jul 2008 Location: Saskatchewan Country: Posts: 17,004 vCash: 150 I haven't had my coffee yet. Gimme a break. 48 is attainable. I counted 6 teams per div. and two games each against the rest. 20 games out of division, 28 in.
 01-03-2013, 08:20 AM #10 tony d Summer Camp     Join Date: Jun 2007 Location: Behind A Tree Country: Posts: 42,088 vCash: 500 4 games vs. 4 Divisional Rivals (16) 3 games vs. 10 Conference Rivals (30) 2 games vs. Selected Rivals (2) __________________
 01-03-2013, 08:28 AM #11 Agalloch Registered User   Join Date: Sep 2002 Location: Lachute, QC Country: Posts: 2,548 vCash: 500 There is a possibility of 52 games too. 8 against division (32) and 2 against the rest of conference (20)
01-03-2013, 08:33 AM
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 Originally Posted by tony d 4 games vs. 4 Divisional Rivals (16) 3 games vs. 10 Conference Rivals (30) 2 games vs. Selected Rivals (2)
Meh.
I like the idea of balance in my schedule.

I want to say, "I want my 'selected rival' to be the worst team in the conference', but, being an Isles fan, I don't know how the Isles can play against themselves.

01-03-2013, 08:42 AM
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 Originally Posted by bigbuffalo313 3 games against your division-12 games 2 games against the rest of your conference-20 games 1 game against the othe conference-15 games 12+20+15=47 Throw in one more game against a team from the other conference and you have 48.
not a chance. they are not going to sacrifice division games to play the other conference. As a Rangers fan, I would much rather have extra games with the Flyers, Pens, Isles, Devils, than to lose them so they can play Edmonton, Calgary, Phoenix, and Anaheim.

I understand fans of Canadian teams want to play the other Canadian teams, but I doubt you'd see a Sens fan who want to trade games against the Leafs, and Habs so they can play one against the other 4 and also Columbus etc.

 01-03-2013, 08:44 AM #14 patnyrnyg Registered User   Join Date: Sep 2004 Posts: 5,931 vCash: 500 Building availability is also an issue. I am sure they will try to keep as much of the original schedule as possible, but might be difficult to match a pre-determined formula. Although, I believe they already have a schedule for 48-56 games already made and just screwing around until they are ready to start.
 01-03-2013, 08:50 AM #15 Grimmas Registered User   Join Date: Mar 2009 Location: Ottawa, Ontario Country: Posts: 87 vCash: 500 I would prefer a 50 game season, like during the original 8 era. Gives somebody a chance to get 50 in 50.
 01-03-2013, 08:56 AM #16 Barrie22 Shark fan in hiding     Join Date: Aug 2009 Location: ontario Country: Posts: 10,304 vCash: 500 48 games are possible just if you end the season at the normal time to, 94-95 also had the season extended to the end of april so the playoffs start in may.
 01-03-2013, 10:20 AM #17 Darth Yoda Registered User     Join Date: Sep 2012 Location: Grovebranch's Crease Country: Posts: 3,139 vCash: 931 God the Atlantic will have a major impact on its member teams if there's 28 games internal and only 20 against the rest of the Conference. And still we have seeded teams in the conference at position 1-3. It will mess up the standings going into the playoffs even worse then last year.
 01-03-2013, 12:18 PM #18 ashenhigh Registered User     Join Date: Aug 2008 Location: Los Angeles Country: Posts: 1,878 vCash: 500 28 games against division rivals (7 games vs 4 teams) 20 games against your conference (Home and Home vs 10 teams) 48.
01-03-2013, 12:19 PM
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 Originally Posted by Shrimper 7* division teams (7 * 4 = 28 games) 2* conference teams (2*10 = 20 games) Done.
This is rumored to be what it would be.

01-03-2013, 12:23 PM
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 Originally Posted by Shrimper 7* division teams (7 * 4 = 28 games) 2* conference teams (2*10 = 20 games) Done.
This is terribly unfair to teams in the central and NW divisions, don't you think?

01-03-2013, 02:49 PM
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 Originally Posted by octopi This is terribly unfair to teams in the central and NW divisions, don't you think?
You are absolutely right. I think the schedule should be decided by mileage and not by games. Figure out a certain amount of miles traveling and then make the schedule based on everyone hitting those miles. Screw the way the NHL has been for years!

 01-03-2013, 11:43 PM #22 Tender Rip #Haz supa line mates     Join Date: Feb 2007 Location: Shanghai, China Posts: 12,926 vCash: 500 I would hate if the schedule got as heavy on division matches as is being rumored through our infamous friend Rob Rossi here. Playing five times against those should be the absolute max in such a short season, preferably four. Obviously, with a congested program travel time has to be a factor anyway so percentage wise there is bound to be less out of conference games.

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