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ESPN has the Avalanche at #26 overall in their power rankings


It's on an insider link so I'll just tell you what they had:

 

No research

Eastern Conference:................................................ Western Conference:

Washingon (1st EC/1st Overall)............................ Chicago (1/3)

Buffalo (2/2).............................................................. Vancouver (2/5)

NYR (3/4)...................................................................... SJ (3/7)

Boston (4/6).................................................................. Detroit (4/9)

Pittsburgh (5/8) ..........................................................LA (5/11)

Philly (6/10)............................................................... StL (6/12)

Carolina (7/13) ........................................................... Anaheim (7/14)

Toronto (8/17) ...............................................................Calgary (8/15)

TB (9/18) ......................................................................Nash (9/16)

Montreal (10/19)......................................................... Columbus (10/20)

NYI (11/19).................................................................. Dallas (11/23)

NJ (12/22).................................................................. Colorado (12/26)

Winnipeg (13/24).......................................................Phoenix (13/27)

Florida (14/25)............................................................. Edmonton (14/29)

Ottawa (15/26)............................................................ Minnesota (15/30)

 

The avs blurb:

No playoff potential, but the avs are improved.  New G's SV and JSG are projected to allow .6 goals per game fewer than the avs league worst mark (3.5).  

 

Here's how they measured each team:

Measuring Cup

 

 

Our rankings below project both the regular season finish (denoted numerically) and their postseason strength (orange bar) -- calculated as the sum of the benchmarks cleared. Each benchmark cleared, listed to the right of the power meter, is weighted based on its correlation to past Cup winners. The benchmarks are abbreviated as follows:

 

Elite: A .500 record or better vs. the top 8 projected teams (8 points)
GF/Gm: Goals for per game of 2.8 or better (4 points)
SF/Gm: Shots for per game of 31 or better (4 points)
GA/Gm: Goals against per game of 2.6 or lower (4 points)
SA/Gm: Shots against per game of 31 or lower (4 points)
GD/Gm: Goal differential per game of 0.2 or better (4 points)
SD/Gm: Shot differential per game of 2.8 or better (4 points)
SV%: Team save percentage of .910 or better (2 point)
PP%: Power-play percentage of 17 or better (1 point)
PK%: Penalty-kill percentage of 81 or better (1 point)

-- Research by Alvin Chang

 

My conclusion:  I don't know how math has an east coast bias but somehow it does.  Their measurement's show the results from the injury plagued (and hunwick filled) season of last year. 

Shenanigans!!!

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