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Going Doug Moe

One of my all-time favorite coaches in any sport was Doug Moe with the run and gun 80's Nuggets.  One thing Doug used to track his team's performance was his own plus/minus stat, road wins versus home losses.  This made a lot of sense, especially with the signficant home court advantage in the NBA.  Now one really amazing thing lost in some of the discussion about the Avs' surprising start is how many road games they have played (28) versus home games (19).  So I got to thinking, how does their Doug Moe plus/minus compare to other teams in the west?  Of course, the NHL has this annoying loser point thing, so I had to take that into account too.  I decided to award -1/2 for an OTL at home and +1/2 for an OTL on the road.

Looking at the NHL standings by conference, here is how teams would be ranked in Doug Moe's system, including the loser point, as of this morning (no guarantee of 100% accuracy here):  

Rank

Team

Home Losses

Road Wins

Doug Moe +/-

1

Colorado

-7

+17

+10

2

San Jose

-6.5

+16

+9.5

3

Chicago

-5.5

+12.5

+7

4

Calgary

-9.5

+15.5

+6

5

Los Angeles

-9

+14.5

+5.5

6

Nashville

-9.5

+14

+4.5

7

Phoenix

-7

+11.5

+4.5

8

Detroit

-8

+12

+4

9

Dallas

-7.5

+10

+2.5

10

Minnesota

-6.5

+9

+2.5

11

Vancouver

-7.5

+9.5

+2

12

Columbus

-9.5

+10

+0.5

13

Anaheim

-9

+9.5

+0.5

14

St. Louis

-15.5

+14

-1.5

15

Edmonton

-12.5

+8

-4.5

 

So there you have it, according to Doug Moe, the Avs do indeed kick arse.  A few other things that jumped out at me: St. Louis really, really, really sucks at home and is good on the road.  Edmonton just sucks.  The west is way better than the east resulting in only two teams with overall Doug Moe minus records. 

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