First win over a team above .500 for Devils in a month.
Was curious about the Rangers in regards to this stat (the last few games outside of Ottawa weren't the best opponents.. same opponents we've played and haven't gotten a win, so not like I'm deriding a 4 game winning streak because I'd love one of those :p)
Feb 12 against Boston was last win against a team >.500 ? Of course, this is using current standings so accuracy may be off a bit.
We've actually played a bunch of common opponents this past month. Distressing because both teams have had a relatively easy February and though the Rangers have faired much better, didn't come out of it as they should. At least the Rangers have injuries to blame..
Devils finished with 102 points.. take out 12 SO wins and you get 90 points.
Washington finished with 92 points.. take out 4 SO wins and you get 88 points.
Ottawa finished with 92 points.. take out 6 SO wins and you get 86 points.
Even if you were to knock the Panthers down as well from 94 - 6 SO wins to 88.. Washington would take the division but the Panthers would still have less points than the Devils.
It's not a loser point. It's a tie point. You don't get a point for losing. You get a point for being tied after regulation. Although I agree that it should leave the game. IMO, a 3 PT regulation win would be the best idea, but the league likes "parity," AKA more meaningful games late in the season and closer playoff races.