Sunday, February 22, 2009
Magic Numbers 08-09
We're entering the home stretch of the season here, and to me that means 1 thing - MAGIC NUMBERS. Oh magic numbers, the glorious intersection of math and sports playoffs, how I love you so.
This year I'll be running 4 magic numbers for the Sharks. Check over on the sidebar for updates after each Sharks game. Pay attention, they're all a little bit different.
Since the NHL Lockout, no team with fewer than 96 points has ever missed the playoffs. So our first magic number is Effective Clinch = 96 - Sharks Points. At that point we can say San Jose has effectively clinched a playoff spot.
Pacific Divison Clinch
Clinching the Pacific guarantees the Sharks a top 3 seed and home ice for the first round of the playoffs. Pacific Clinch = Maximum possible points by team currently in 2nd in Pacific - Sharks Points + 1. Any time San Jose earns points or Dallas leaves points on the table, this number drops.
Western Conference Clinch
Clincing the Western Conference locks up home ice throughout the first 3 rounds and ensures those fucking Red Wings don't take it. WC Clinch = Maximum possible points by team currently in 2nd in West - Sharks Points +1.
President's Trophy Clinch
You guessed it - the number of points to lock up home ice throughout the playoffs. Right now we're dueling with Boston. President's Trophy = Maximum possible points by team currently in 2nd overall - Sharks Points + 1.
Won't you count with me?