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The Avs' Magic Numbers

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*Warning: drowsiness-inducing numbers talk is about to take place*

In Thursday's preview, I talked about the Avalanche's magic number with Calgary as being 17; any combination of 17 points by the Avalanche or 17 available points missed by the Flames would guarantee that the Flames can't pass the Avs in the standings. It's calculated by taking the maximum number of points that the other team can attain this year and figuring how many points the Avalanche need to get to reach that level. Technically, 17 points just assures the Avs from tying the Flames, but I'm ignoring tiebreakers for now (since wins is the first one). If you want to be a stickler, add 1 to each number.

Today, I've calculated the magic number for all the teams. I'm including teams above the Avalanche in the standings, as they Avs can technically still catch each of them. And I'm including the Oilers because I know Derek Zona from Copper & Blue will be reading at some point today. But, really, this really just boils down to the Avs clinching a playoff spot. Once the magic number for 6 more teams drops to zero, the Avalanche are in (again, with the tiebreaker disclaimer above applying).

 

Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GR MaxPts Magic #
1 San Jose 69 43 16 10 96 13 122 36
2 Chicago 69 44 19 6 94 13 120 34
3 Vancouver 70 43 24 3 89 12 113 27
4 Phoenix 70 43 22 5 91 12 115 29
5 Colorado 70 40 24 6 86 12
6 Los Angeles 68 40 23 5 85 14 113 27
7 Nashville 70 39 26 5 83 12 107 21
8 Detroit 69 34 23 12 80 13 106 20
9 Calgary 70 35 26 9 79 12 103 17
10 Minnesota 69 34 29 6 74 13 100 14
11 St. Louis 69 32 28 9 73 13 99 13
12 Dallas 69 30 26 13 73 13 99 13
13 Anaheim 69 32 29 8 72 13 98 12
14 Columbus 70 28 31 11 67 12 91 5
15 Edmonton 70 21 42 7 49 12 73

 

Standings were grabbed before the start of play last night. So, with the Wild's loss last night to Nashville, the Avs' magic number against Minnesota drops to 12.