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Old 02-05-2006, 03:51 AM   #1
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Question What Makes An NHL Team ".500"?

The other morning the wire services were reporting that the Bruins were "one game over .500" - when they had 23 wins, 22 regulation losses, and 8 overtime/shootout losses.

Thus they had seven more losses than wins!

A more accurate way of determining ".500" in the NHL would be to take the total number of points earned by all 30 teams, then divide it by 30. The result is the average number of points per team - hence, ".500."
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Well, the reason they don't count the OT/shootout losses against winning percentage is because teams who lose a shootout actually gain a point in the standings.
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Well, the reason they don't count the OT/shootout losses against winning percentage is because teams who lose a shootout actually gain a point in the standings.

Even so, a team that is 23-22-8 would clearly have fewer points than the league average.

Of course I think the idea of giving a team one point for losing in overtime is terminally lame (they don't do it in the NFL, do they?), but I suppose that's a subject for a different thread.
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