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Friday, 12.14.2007 / 3:37 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BTB BLOG: STRANGE THINGS IN THE STANDINGS
Beyond the Boards is written by the Buffalo Sabres Website Manager, Brian Wheeler. Joining the Sabres prior to the 2003-04 season, Wheeler is the main contact and content editor for Sabres.com. He has worked in the NHL, NFL, AHL and NLL over the past 11 years.  Click here to send him an email.

 
Tim Connolly (photo: Bill Wippert)
Dec 14, 2007, 3:37 PM EST

Take a look at the NHL Conference standings and you'll notice one thing.  When a team allows more goals than it scores, they generally have a losing record.

Seems simple enough, but look a little closer.

Only two teams in either conference that would make the playoffs, if the season ended right now, have allowed more goals than they've scored, the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild.  

New York is teetering on the brink in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, while Minnesota is a little more comfortable in seventh out West.

Now look that the bottom eight teams in each conference.  Only two teams have scored more goals than they've allowed, the Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks.

Buffalo is currently in 13th place in the East and Chicago is 11th in the West.

This doesn't really mean anything concrete, it's just an interesting point.  

Since the 2001-02 season, only seven teams have made the playoffs with a GA higher than GF.  Out of those seven, only the Montreal Canadiens in 2001-02 made it out of the first round.

See results below.

2006-07 -- Tampa Bay Lightning (Lost First Round)
2005-06 -- Montreal Canadiens (Lost First Round), Tampa Bay Lightning (Lost First Round)
2003-04 -- Nashville Predators (Lost First Round), St. Louis Blues (Lost First Round)
2002-03 -- New York Islanders (Lost First Round)
2001-02 -- Montreal Canadiens (Lost Second Round)

Make your own conclusions on this...
 



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82