Teams' Standings Pre/Post Lockout

We know the Avalanche are not been the same dominating team that they were pre-lockout. I was curious to compare all teams' league finishing pre/post lockout.

Since I love meaningless statistics and the NHL standings, I wanted to find the difference between NHL teams standings pre and post lockout.

I took the average of a team's finish in the league post lockout subtracted that from the team's average finish prelockout. Teams that were relocated were factored into the post relocation number (i.e. Whaler's standings were averaged with Hurricanes). I defined the prelock period as 1995-200 and post lockout as 2005- last night's standings (as of 4-6-2010). Here are the difference numbers in a table:

Team Pre Post Difference
Anaheim Ducks  18.33333 11 7.3
Atlanta Thrashers  26.2 21.6 4.6
Boston Bruins  12.66667 16.8 -4.1
Buffalo Sabres  14.77778 10.2 4.6
Calgary Flames  19.55556 11.6 8.0
Carolina Hurricanes  19 15.4 3.6
Chicago Blackhawks  17.44444 16.6 0.8
Colorado Avalanche  5 15.4 -10.4
Columbus Blue Jackets  26.75 22.8 4.0
Dallas Stars  7.444444 12 -4.6
Detroit Red Wings  2.666667 3.4 -0.7
Edmonton Oilers  15.22222 21.8 -6.6
Florida Panthers  18.88889 21 -2.1
Los Angeles Kings  17.11111 22.8 -5.7
Minnesota Wild  19.75 16.4 3.4
Montréal Canadiens  16.66667 13.2 3.5
Nashville Predators  22.33333 10.4 11.9
New Jersey Devils  5.444444 6.6 -1.2
New York Islanders  20.55556 24.4 -3.8
New York Rangers  18.11111 13.4 4.7
Ottawa Senators  10.33333 11.8 -1.5
Philadelphia Flyers  5.555556 15.6 -10.0
Phoenix Coyotes  15.11111 20.8 -5.7
Pittsburgh Penguins  15.22222 11.8 3.4
San Jose Sharks  15.33333 4.2 11.1
St Louis Blues  8.555556 21.8 -13.2
Tampa Bay Lightning  20 23.8 -3.8
Toronto Maple Leafs  11 22.6 -11.6
Vancouver Canucks  15.77778 11.6 4.2
Washington Capitals  14.88889 14.2 0.7

And here's the difference numbers graphed:


I know this is not 100% accurate. First of all, the number of teams has changed. So a 26th placed team in 95-96 would have been last place, but a 26th placed team post lockout is 4 places from last. So last place teams place higher in the pre-lockout column. I am also not taking into consideration the last few games of this season.

 Things that jumped out at me:

  1. Avs have dropped almost 10.5 places!
  2. The Blues have had the biggest drop(~-13).
  3. Predators have the greatest increase(~+12)
  4. Red Wings have stayed about the same.
  5. 1/2 of the Canadian teams have done better (Calgary is a +8, Vancouver +4, Montreal +4) but the other half have fallen (Maple Leafs -12!, Senators -2, Oilers -7) is a fan community, allowing members to post their own thoughts and opinions on the Colorado Avalanche and hockey in general. These views and thoughts may not be shared by the editors of

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