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Fun With Numbers: We are better than you

I’ve never been a fan of giving a point to the team that lost, and neither should you. As Red Wings fans we are winners, and winners don’t need handouts.

Click the jump to see why we should be running away with the central division, western conference and even the Presidents trophy.

How many times have teams lost their way to a better seeding in the playoffs?

Detroit has 1 overtime loss this season. 1 measly point for being the first loser in a game that wasn’t decided in 60 minutes. Chicago and St. Louis however have been handsomely rewarded 6 points over the course of the season for being losers. Hell, Los Angeles and Florida have been handed a free point 10 different times this season. That’s over 20% of their games! Do you think Dallas is happy sitting in 10th when they could be in the playoff picture?

Do they give the Stanley cup loser a mini cup for participation? Does a salesman get half their commission for almost selling a product? So tell me why a Hockey team gets a point for almost winning? last I checked, almost winning was the same thing as losing.

Check out how the standings would and should look without the losers getting points they don’t deserve.

Rank (actual) Team GP W L OTL Points
1 (1) Detroit Red Wings 47 31 15 1 62
2 (2) Vancouver Canucks 47 28 15 4 56
3 (3) San Jose Sharks 44 26 13 5 52
4 (4) St Louis Blues 46 28 12 6 56
5 (5) Chicago Blackhawks 47 28 13 6 56
6 (6) Nashville Predators 47 27 16 4 54
7 (8) Colorado Avalanche 48 25 21 2 50
8 (10) Dallas Stars 45 24 19 2 48
9 (7) Los Angeles Kings 48 23 15 10 46
10 (9) Minnesota Wild 47 22 18 7 44
11 (11) Calgary Flames 48 22 20 6 44
12 (12) Phoenix Coyotes 48 21 19 8 42
13 (14) Edmonton Oilers 46 17 25 4 34
14 (13) Anaheim Ducks 45 16 22 7 32
15 (15) Columbus Blue Jackets 46 13 28 5 26

I want my son to go to a school that will prepare him for the real world. Not coddle him and tell him that he doesn’t have to work hard all the time, because people won’t just let him slide through like half-assing things.

I also want my hockey team to play to win each and every night, because if they don’t get in the habit of it now, then they won’t play the do or die hockey it takes to bring home that silver chalice that rightfully belongs to us.

Rank (actual) Team GP Win Loss OTL Points
1 (1) Detroit Red Wings 47 31 15 1 62
2 (5) Boston Bruins 44 30 13 1 60
3 (2) New York Rangers 45 29 12 4 58
4 (3) St Louis Blues 46 28 12 6 56
5 (4) Chicago Blackhawks 47 28 13 6 56
6 (6) Vancouver Canucks 47 28 15 4 56
7 (8) Philadelphia Flyers 45 27 14 4 54
8 (9) Nashville Predators 47 27 16 4 54
9 (7) Ottawa Senators 49 27 16 6 54
10 (10) San Jose Sharks 44 26 13 5 52
11 (13) New Jersey Devils 46 26 18 2 52
13 (14) Washington Capitals 45 25 18 2 50
12 (12) Pittsburgh Penguins 46 25 17 4 50
14 (16) Colorado Avalanche 48 25 21 2 50
15 (19) Dallas Stars 45 24 19 2 48
17 (17) Toronto Maple Leafs 46 23 18 5 46
16 (11) Los Angeles Kings 48 23 15 10 46
18 (18) Minnesota Wild 47 22 18 7 44
20 (22) Winnipeg Jets 47 22 20 5 44
19 (20) Calgary Flames 48 22 20 6 44
21 (15) Florida Panthers 45 21 14 10 42
22 (21) Phoenix Coyotes 48 21 19 8 42
23 (23) Buffalo Sabres 47 19 23 5 38
24 (24) New York Islanders 45 18 21 6 36
25 (26) Tampa Bay Lightning 45 18 23 4 36
26 (25) Montréal Canadiens 46 17 21 8 34
27 (29) Edmonton Oilers 46 17 25 4 34
29 (28) Anaheim Ducks 45 16 22 7 32
28 (27) Carolina Hurricanes 48 16 24 8 32
30 (30) Columbus Blue Jackets 46 13 28 5 26

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