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Friday, 04.03.2009 / 11:31 AM / Features
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BLOG: WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
 NHL TIEBREAKERS

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:

1. The greater number of games won.

2. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.

3. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.

[Note: Uneven number of games rule omitted as all teams play an 82 game season.]
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Buffalo Sabres are fighting for the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Suffering a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Sabres remain in 10th place in the standings with 85 points.

So what will it take to make the playoffs? Check out the scenarios below:

Eastern Conference Standings:

1. Boston 112
2. Washington 104
3. New Jersey 102
4. Philadelphia 95
5. Carolina 95
6. Pittsburgh 93
7. Montreal 92
8. NY Rangers 89
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9. Florida 89
10. Buffalo 85
11. Toronto 77
12. Ottawa 76

If the Sabres win all four remaining games:


They would need the Rangers and Panthers to each lose one game to secure a playoff spot.

The Rangers and Panthers each have three games remaining. If both teams go 2-1-0 down the stretch, the Sabres would still secure a playoff spot due to tiebreakers.

If the Rangers win two of their three remaining games down the stretch, they would match the Sabres’ 95 points and 43 wins. However, Buffalo would win the tiebreaker, holding a 3-1 season series lead against New York.

The same theory applies to the Panthers, who currently sit two points ahead of Buffalo in ninth place. If the Panthers lose one of their remaining three games – tying the Sabres with 95 points – Buffalo would still claim the tiebreaker with 43 wins to Florida’s 42 wins.

If the Sabres win three out of four games:

The same pattern would follow suit. The Sabres would need the Rangers and Panthers to each lose two of their remaining games. If the Rangers and Panthers go 1-2-0, the Sabres would still secure a playoff spot due to tiebreakers.

NOTE: These scenarios do NOT account for overtime / shootout losses.

Eastern Conference

RK Team PTS W GR G75 G76 G77 G78 G79 G80 G81 G82
4 PHI 95 42 4 L L W OTL FLA @NYR @NYI NYR
5 CAR 95 44 3 W W W W W NYI BUF @NJD
6 PIT 93 42 3 W W W OTL L @TBL NYI @MTL
7 MTL 92 41 4 SOL W W W OTT @NYR @BOS PIT
8 NYR 89 40 3 L L W L L MTL PHI @PHI
9 FLA 89 39 3 W W W L W @PHI @ATL WSH
10 BUF 85 38 4 W OTL W L DET @TOR @CAR BOS


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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