Øyvind Schiøtt's NHL Power Rankings

New season, new team

Hi, a new season has just started, and tonight the Vegas Golden Knights are making their debut! I'm really invigorated by this fact and even more so by my favorite team's thrashing of the reigning champions last night (sorry to all you Penguins fans; you're amazing and yours is still the best team), and I wanted to let you know that weekly updates will be up for this season as long as my spare time allows it.

I've not been idle this summer, even though it may look like it. It's just that my very busy winter and spring this year made it impossible for me to catch up. As I didn't want to interrupt last season's progress, I've been looking for several different improvements to my formula. One thing I found out was that ELO (the rating method used in chess and lots of others games) not only shows relative strength, it really puts a premium on recently played games.

This has made me come to the conclusion that Arpad Elo's system is way better for showing recent form. It's a bit sad to see my own rating system, which I'm really proud of and is like a favorite brain child of mine, fall so utterly short of Elo's amazing system. No wonder all those great games have used his system for so long. I've been thinking about using ELO for the Power Rankings this year. Based on your feedback, I may switch. What do you think?

Through games as of November 6th, 2016

Hi, all lists are updated!

Halloween edition

We had a one-day break in the regular season at Halloween. The newest update has all the stats up until this break. I hope you guys enjoy it!

First edition of the 2016-2017 NHL season

Hi, all!

I've simplified the design, and posted all the lists you are used to seeing here.

This update is based on all games played through October 16th, 2016.

At last!

A long summer is over, and the new season is starting tonight! This will be the final season before Las Vegas is entering the Pacific Division next year.

I hope the 'Hawks will win the Cup again (yes, I'm spoiled), but to be honest with you, I think my pick to win the Stanley Cup is quite unique. When most experts discuss this team for the upcoming season, almost noone picks them to even reach the Playoffs!

So, here's my CRAZY pick for Stanley Cup champions 2017: the Carolina Hurricanes! Please don't ask me to rationalize this pick. I have no idea, it's just a feeling I have. Anyway, good luck to everyone! And I hope I'm wrong.

ØHL season FINALLY coming to an end

<p style="text-align: left;">The final four games for each &Oslash;HL team have been registered, and the first Marcos Cup is coming up.</p> <p>Let's see if the Canadian domination continues throughout the playoffs. The two Canadian teams each ended eleven points ahead of the closest runner-up, and the only way to separate them was to look at their respective goal differentials, where Montr&eacute;al came out on top.</p> <p>Speaking of goal differentials, the top American team, Boston, actually had the best goal differential in the entire &Oslash;HL.</p>

Fall - and that means hockey

<p>Today, the World Cup of Hockey 2016 starts in Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. I agree with those arguing that this tournament is a bit strange with the non-national teams, but I'm sure that we'll see hockey of the highest quality, and I'm really looking forward to it. Being a Blackhawks fan means I'm going to follow the tournament really close (lots of relevant players to keep track of in every game).</p>

Lots of updates

<p>I returned to Norway from two weeks in North America yesterday, and as such, I haven't been able to update my lists for three weeks. I'll put up all three updates today (or over the next couple of days, if it takes too much time), so that you have an idea of how the lists have evolved since my last update.</p> <p>While I was in North America, I got to see three different NHL games and visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. It was a fantastic experience, and I have to say that just about everyone I met treated me with respect and a smile, even though I wore my Blackhawks cap and jersey to all three games (I did meet one Flyers' fan after the last game I said "good game and nice win" to, that replied with "just go away, OK?", but except for that one incident, I have to say that I was treated very nicely by everyone, and I understand that 2010 may have hurt a bit too much for Philadelphia fans, so he's excused). I also had a lot of interesting conversations with other hockey fans. Here's a special greeting to everyone I talked to!</p> <p>The games I watched were: Boston 2 @ NY Rangers 5 on March 23rd, Boston 3 @ Toronto 1 on March 26th, and Washington 1 @ Philadelphia 2 (so) on March 30th. As a Norwegian, I have to say that it was especially nice to get to see Mats Zuccarello live (and he also treated me and my traveling companions with the game's first goal). A garden gnome of his likeness was given away to fans at the entrance as well! Toronto has always been my second favorite team, so it was really nice to see them as well. Witnessing Fan Appreciation Night in Philadelphia was really great, too, and what a game that one turned out to be! Thanks a lot for the memories, everyone!</p>

Through games as of March 12th, 2016

<p>Another week, another update. I hope you guys like it!</p>

Through games as of March 5th, 2016

<p>A new update has come. As always: I hope you like what you see! :)</p>

NHL.com March 3rd, 2016

<p>I listed my updated Power Rankings in the comments section of today's Super 16 article at <a href="http://www.nhl.com">www.nhl.com</a>. It's without numbers, as the format is really bad (can't put up a list of 30 lines), but it shows movement from my own list through games as of February 27th here. Feel free to visit and upvote my comment! :)</p>

Through games as of February 27th, 2016

<p>An update one day late. I hope it's not too late! :)</p>

Through games as of February 20th, 2016

<p>Last night I updated all lists. I hope you like it!</p>

Through games as of February 6th, 2016

<p>Hi, everyone! I'm sorry for the small delay. I've decided to try out some interesting footnotes accompanying each table this time around. Choosing what to use took some time. If these changes are popular with you, I'll try to update these every week. Please let me know if this is worthwhile.</p> <p>In other news, the conferences now have identical records in inter-conference games (157-125-32, .551). The difference between them right now are the number of games, or rather percentage of games, that have been tied after 60 minutes in intra-conference match-ups. In the West, 49 of 211 games have gone to overtime (23.2 %). In the East, those numbers are 68 in 258 games (26.4 %).</p> <p>These numbers may appear very close, but they've singlehandely made the points percentage for the Eastern Conference, .560, top the Western Conference mark of .555, by a considerable margin. The difference in number of teams per conference, combined with this stat, has made the cut-off point total for a playoff spot in the conferences very different indeed (check out the Playoff Security tab).</p>

Through games of January, 2016

<p>OK, so we're through the feel-good story that is the All-Star Game. Fantastic to see such an unlikely hero as John Scott winning MVP honors! That was heart-warming, to me at least!</p> <p>The regular season picks up again tonight, and updated lists are added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Notable winning streaks:</p> <p>- Nashville Predators (4-0-0) up from 24th to 20th</p> <p>- Florida Panthers (3-0-0) up from 3rd to 2nd</p> <p>- Anaheim Ducks (3-0-0) up from 10th to 6th</p> <p>- Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0-0) up from 15th to 13th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Notable losing streaks:</p> <p>- Toronto Maple Leafs (0-2-2) down from 22nd to 26th</p> <p>- Edmonton Oilers (0-3-0) down from 26th to 28th</p> <p>- Calgary Flames (0-3-0) down 18th to 23rd</p>

Through games as of January 23rd, 2016

<p>Notable winning streaks:</p> <p>- Colorado Avalanche (4-0-0) up from 17th to 5th</p> <p>- New Jersey Devils (4-0-0) up from 21st to 14th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Notable losing streaks:</p> <p>- Winnipeg Jets (0-3-0) down from 24th to 29th</p> <p>- Edmonton Oilers (0-3-0) down from 25th to 26th</p> <p>- Columbus Blue Jackets (0-2-1) down from 27th to 28th</p>

Through games as of January 16th, 2016

<p>A new update is here. The Florida Panthers' amazing winning streak ended this week at twelve games, a League best this season! Right now, the Chicago Blackhawks have a double-digit winning streak themselves (10-0-0; up from 3rd to 2nd). The San Jose Sharks suddenly look promising, having won five straight (up from 24th to 15th), and the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking pretty good as well (4-0-0 in their last four; up from 15th to 7th).</p> <p>Here are the teams currently on significant losing streaks: The Toronto Maple Leafs (0-5-0; down from 18th to 26th), the Minnesota Wild (0-4-0; down from 6th to 20th), the Dallas Stars (0-2-1; down from 5th to 6th) and les Montr&eacute;al Canadiens (0-2-1; down from 28th to 30th). Some pretty surprising teams in that category, in my humble opinion. The Western Conference is still the best one, but it's tougher to crack the top eight out East, at the moment.</p> <p>We've also gotten halfway through the &Oslash;HL regular season. Please take a look and feel free to say what you think about it! We've still got space for some more participants, and we hope to go live next season. Please let me know, if you want to know more, and/or if you know you want to join right from the start!</p>

ØHL games 21-25

<p>A new update for our fantasy league.</p> <p>After an abysmal set of games in the last trip through the league, Montr&eacute;al was back to their dominant ways, winning against all other teams this time. Among other things they avenged their season-worst 10-1 loss to Boston with a 7-1 win, grabbing a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.</p> <p>Detroit was overtaken by Toronto this week after going 0-4-1 (their only point coming in a 1-1 tie vs. New York). New York also went 0-4-1, Chicago went 2-3-0, Toronto 3-2-0, while Boston went 4-1-0, their only loss being the trouncing by Montr&eacute;al mentioned above, solidifying second place.</p>

ØHL update games 16-20

<p>&Oslash;HL League Manager Marcos has been amazing this year, conducting the complete regular season for the &Oslash;HL. Twelve weeks of NHL hockey has been played, and that has given us all the stats we need to complete the 60-game regular season. The final 14 weeks of the NHL regular season will make up the &Oslash;HL playoffs, with the no. 1 team battling the no. 4 team, while the no. 2 team goes head-to-head with the no. 3 team. Also, due to the short regular season, the no. 5 team and the no. 6 team will duel to avoid the cellar of the Marcos Cup. All these match-ups are best-of-seven, and they start with the current week of NHL hockey.</p> <p>To provide you with the results of the regular season a little bit at a time, I've just posted the results and the resulting standings for the fourth round (so now we're through one third of the &Oslash;HL season even here). I'll post the results of the fifth round in the near future.</p>

Through games as of January 2nd, 2016

<p>HAPPY NEW YEAR!</p> <p>So, we're up-to-date once more! First a little quiz for you all: Don't look now, but who do you think has had the best points percentage on the road this season? I'll give you a clue: It's one of only five teams with a points percentage below .500&nbsp;at home. We'll get back to the answer in just a little time.</p> <p>The happy story of the Holidays has been the accomplishments of a team that hasn't been to the Stanley Cup Finals in 20 years! The Florida Panthers are on an amazing streak right now, winning eight straight games and climbing to the top of the Atlantic Division (interestingly dropping a spot in my power rankings from last week). The Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile,&nbsp;have quietly won five in a row (and they're the reason Florida dropped, as they've switched places, 3rd and 4th,&nbsp;from last week), and the New Jersey Devils have also put together a decent streak, winning three straight (up from 18th to 8th).</p> <p>The Buffalo Sabres are suddenly looking much like they did most of last season. They're&nbsp;currently on a four-game losing streak (0-4-0; down from 17th to 30th). The Philadelphia Flyers join them as the only other team with at least three losses in a row right now (0-3-0; down from 10th to 22nd).</p> <p>It's interesting and a bit worrisome to see how the teams of the Pacific Division have fared this season. That division is the worst division by far, and it makes the Western Conference look inferior to the Eastern Conference, which, in fact, it isn't. The teams out West have had a collective points percentage of .561 this season, compared to the .557 of the East. Still, two teams from the Eastern Conference have records among the League's 16 best, sadly&nbsp;without being in a playoff position right now. The 14 teams with a record better than the League average is comprised of four teams from each of the Eastern divisions, five Central teams and the Kings. The next three teams are Eastern teams, followed by the two Pacific teams that currently hold the final two playoff spots.</p> <p>Have you found the answer to my question above? It's the Boston Bruins (9-10-2, .476,&nbsp;at home; 11-3-2, .750,&nbsp;on the road; combined for 20-13-4, .595,&nbsp;total).</p>

Through games as of December 26th, 2015

<p>I thought about skipping last week's updates, with only four&nbsp;days of NHL hockey, but some PMs have finally&nbsp;made me change my mind. I'm sorry they came a week late, but at least you'll get two weeks' worth of updates today. You'll just have to wait&nbsp;about an hour&nbsp;for the most&nbsp;current updates.</p>

Through games as of December 19th, 2015

<p>Another week has gone by, and I've just uplaoded the last updates before Christmas. Four teams are on current winning streaks of at least three games: The Colorado Avalanche (5-0-0, up from 24th to 11th), the Washington Capitals (4-0-0, pulling away at the top), the Florida Panthers (3-0-0, up from 17th to 9th) and the St. Louis Blues (3-0-0, up from 13th to 8th).</p> <p>Five teams have current losing streaks of three or more games: The Pittsburgh Penguins (0-4-1, down from 12th to 29th), the Edmonton Oilers (0-3-0, down from 14th to 24th), les Montr&eacute;al Canadiens (0-3-0, down from 11th to 23rd), the New York Islanders (0-3-0, down from 4th to 12th) and the Detroit Red Wings (0-1-2, still at 6th but with a worse rating).</p>

Through games as of December 12th, 2015

<p>Hi, this week's updates are posted. Some interesting facts this week. Vancouver has won two in a row, still they're at the very bottom of the RTG rankings. Let's just say that they weren't very good before those two wins. Dallas leads that particular list, yet they lost their last game, but they've been amazing all season long. So, which teams are currently on the longest losing and winning streaks?</p> <p>Well, the San Jose Sharks (0-5-1) are the only ones on a losing streak of more than three games, giving them the last place in my regular power rankings. At the moment, it's amazing how good the Alberta teams have been. They're the only teams with winning streaks longer than three games. Both teams amazingly have five straight wins now, but they've both needed both overtime and the shootout to get wins during those streaks.</p>

Through games as of December 5th, 2015

<p>I'm sorry for the sparse information the last couple of weeks. At the very least, I got the lists out last week, but I had to borrow a PC, as my old one decided to stop working. Because of this, it was difficult doing anything except for the neccessary updates. I just bought a new PC, so everything should be back to normal now. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.</p> <p>I had to (re-)update two weeks(!), as I had been a bit lazy with backups. Hopefully, I've learnt a lesson. I hope you like the updates, and I want to apologize for neglecting the &Oslash;HL. New updates will be coming for that league as well, but I'm exhausted right now. Maybe in a couple of days? Marcos has been amazing, sending me all updates in time. Thanks a lot, mate!</p>

Through games as of November 21st, 2015

<p>A new update today, and this time the Eastern Conference has equalized. Both conferences now have .553 points percentages. The east has an edge in goals differential (+7 vs. -7), but the Western Conference still has an edge in winning inter-conference games (69-65). Home teams have finally overtaken the road teams (.571 vs. .535), but only barely (they're 154-149 in wins so far).</p> <p>So, what's the hottest team right now? According to my calculations, that team is the Dallas Stars, joining the San Jose Sharks as the only teams that have won five straight games. The Colorado Avalanche have recently added a countryman of me, Andreas Martinsen, and he scored his very first NHL goal (and second point) last night! Congratulations, Andreas!</p> <p>The team has not fared very well recently, though. They're last in my Power Rankings this week, currently finding themselves on a three-game losing streak (all in regulation). This losing streak isn't the NHL's longest right now, though (the Philadelphia Flyers have also lost three in a row, but they got two points total in those three games). The Buffalo Sabres (0-2-2) and the Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-3) really aren't getting the results at the moment, being on four-game and five-game losing streaks respectively.</p>

Through games as of November 14th, 2015

<p>A new update today, and we're also finished with three weeks of our fantasy test league. For rosters, look up the first few posts. We hope to get going with a real fantasy league next year, so if you're interested, please let me know, and I'll send you some information.</p> <p>The New York Rangers are on a terrific run right now, winners of eight straight games. Before their shootout win vs. Ottawa, their seven previous wins came in regulation time. The Winnipeg Jets have lost five straight, and they only got a point in the first of these.</p> <p>Both the Eastern Conference and the home teams are closing in on their "adversaries", the Western Conference and the road teams respectively, but they're still behind overall, although only barely. It's gveoing to be interesting following these "battles" going forward.</p>

Through games as of November 7th, 2015

<p>A new update today. Happy Father's Day to all dads in Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden!</p> <p>The New York Rangers have taken over the top spot (up from 8th last week) in my Power Rankings with a current League-leading five-game winning streak. Anaheim Ducks have finally turned their season around somewhat. Since starting the season 1-7-2, they're on a decent four-game winning streak themselves. This has seen them rise from 29th to 13th in my Power Rankings during the last seven days of NHL hockey.</p> <p>At the other end, Florida Panthers have gone 0-3-2 in their last five games, making them the only team currently on a losing streak longer than three games. That "production" have seen them drop from 17th to 28th in my Power Rankings.</p> <p>I'll also publish some more days of &Oslash;HL hockey (currently all six teams have played their five opponents once). Hopefully I get to do some rounds later tonight, but I'm not sure I get the time. I hope you take the time to check it out, however, as we (&Oslash;HL Commisioner Marcos and I) want to go "live" with the fantasy league starting next season. We need some more people on board first, so if you might be interested, please let us know, and we can send you some more information on how the league works.</p>

Through games as of October 31st, 2015

<p>A new update (a bit late because of a birthday party for one of my kids)! Boston and Pittsburgh are on four-game winning streaks, while Los Angeles have been amazing with seven straight wins! Tampa Bay has lost four in a row, Anaheim five in a row and Toronto six in a row!</p> <p>This Sunday I even have a surprise! User Marcos and I have been corresponding a lot, and we've decided to keep the fantasy league going through the whole season, as a test season. Feel free to check out the &Oslash;HL, to find out how the league would work.</p> <p>Not only that, thanks to a lot of constructive criticism from Marcos, the league has become a lot better! He has had a well of ideas, and I've been so impressed with his work, I've decided to name him League Manager.</p> <p>We're now in &Oslash;HL 1.1, and we've decided to present the results just a few games at a time. For now, we'll keep the teams intact (to simplify everything), and I think a rate of two "days" a day will do fine (until we catch up with "now"). The standings will be updated every Wednesday.</p>

Through games as of October 24th, 2015

<p>A new update to all pages today. I hope you like them! Some interesting things to note:</p> <p>- Two teams that really started slow this year has picked up some steam as of late. Both the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils are on four-game winning streaks, after getting no points in their first three games this season. Of course they fall utterly short of Montr&eacute;al Canadiens' amazing nine-game winning streak to start the season, and the Washington Capitals' current five-game winning streak!</p> <p>- The Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks are on four-game losing streaks, but at least they have both gotten two points over that span.</p> <p>- Road teams are still winning the majority of games, which is quite surprising...</p>

Through games as of October 17th, 2015

<p>A new update today!</p> <p>It's interesting to note how badly home teams have done this season. After 74 games, hosts have only won 33 games (33-35-6), while the visitors have won 41 (41-31-2). I'd be shocked if this continued, however, as home teams have always had a considerably better record historically.</p> <p>If the start of the season is an indication, the Western Conference will once again be the superior conference. It's a good thing that they ended up placing 14 teams in the west and 16 in the east, as that will make it more likely the 16 best teams will qualify for the post-season.</p> <p>Making the playoffs playing in the Central Division seems like it's going to be a chore. Collectively they're 9-0-1 vs. the Pacific Division, 4-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division and 8-5-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division. 5 of the 7 teams with the best points percentages play there.</p>

First update of the 2015-2016 regular season

<p>Hi, everyone! The first post of the regular season is here. All the pages are updated after four days of NHL hockey.</p>

Updates for 2015-'16

<p>For convenience sake, I'll update the lists every Sunday (yes, ALL lists) this season, so that it's easier for you to know when to look for new content!</p> <p>As a side note, if you wonder what the colors in the "Vs. Divisions" tab, or the letters in front of each team in most lists means, those have no meaning in any way, except for my own personal uses. Please don't let them annoy or distract you! :)</p>

A new season - a new look

<p>Hello, everyone!</p> <p>The new season has given the different lists a new look. This may have caused some features to fall out, and I'm not sure if everything is as clear to me as it is to you, when you read these lists. These are simply "copy/paste"s of some of my spreadsheets. I'm going to put in some other "screenshots" to give you an idea about how I conduct things under the walkthrough tab.</p> <p>I'll try to explain everything under each list, at least initially, but please give me some feedback if things aren't explained or could be clearer.</p> <p>The new way to do things will dramatically speed up my uploading, so I'm confident you'll get access to all the lists reasonably quick this season.</p> <p>Good luck to all of you(r favorite teams), and please tell me how you feel about the new look!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kind regards,</p> <p>&Oslash;yvind Schi&oslash;tt.</p>

My Fantasy Hockey brain child

<p>Dear followers. First off, I want to apologize to each and every one of you for the last several months. My professional life suddenly took a lot more time than it used to, and I couldn't keep up the promised updates throughout the playoffs. I promise you that this was not because of lack of interest or anything like that. I simply had too little time on my hands, and you had to suffer for it. I'm sincerely terribly sorry for this. It seems like things are getting a lot easier to handle at work now, so I'm optimistic things will be much better for the 2015-2016 season.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now that I believe I have a bit more spare time, I wish to revisit an old idea of mine, but the realist in me has to ask for some help from the community to be able to go through with this. I conducted a Fantasy Hockey League for a select few friends years ago, and because of time constraints, I had to leave it up to others to keep it going. I really would've loved to keep it going myself, but alas, time became too limited. It's fantasy hockey of my own design, and to be honest with you, I feel it's a clever design. The advances in technology probably makes it doable too!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It used to go like this:</p> <p>1) It was a six team league, harkening back to the days of the "Original 6". The regular season was 80 games in length, and the playoffs were two rounds of best-of-five matchups.</p> <p>2) Each participant drafted a team of 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders, using the normal 12-6-2 lineup every week, using the substitutes as wanted/needed.</p> <p>3) There were no duplicates on the teams, so that the teams actually could've met in real life. If you wanted a player on another team, you had to trade in-game assets for him.</p> <p>4) Every week each team played all the other teams, so that the regular season was finished after 16 weeks. During the playoffs, the qualifiers played their designated opponent once a week.</p> <p>5) The players' real stats for the week was used to determine the outcome of all the games. I made a system that allowed for period scores and in-game player stats as well.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, we can change things up a bit. If there's a market for this, and the league starts up again, we could change some of the rules (like for instance having a 60 game regular season and best-of-seven in the playoffs instead of the 80/best-of-five version presented above). If you think this sounds like something you would want to participate in, give it a "thumbs up". If you would like to help me out with conducting such a fantasy league, by collecting stats or the like, please notify me. If there's interest for more specific rules and examples, use the comments, and I'll answer all your questions.</p>

Update 03/29/2015

<p>A new update and only two weeks to go in the regular season!</p>

Random thoughts on NHL.com's Power Rankings

<p>To me, closely watching nhl.com and their Power Rankings, it's frustrating to watch the discussions below the article week in and week out, without being able to comment (due to me not having a Facebook account). A few of the posters are saying that Corey Masisak is confusing statistics and analytics, some argue that teams with better points percentages, goals differentials and great goaltenders/scorers should be ranked much higher. On the other side of the discussion, you have a few very vocal guys defending Masisak and (usually) the Blackhawks and (currently) the Kings by saying that noone would honestly believe any team to beat the [insert the top team every week] in a seven-game series.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>What all these guys fail to recognize, in my opinion, is what Corey Masisak is actually trying to do! He's trying to put up a list of what team he believes is playing the best hockey, and therefore has the best chance of future success, especially in the playoffs. And he uses analytics based on advanced statistcs to prove his points. There's nothing wrong in that, but based on the comments, I think few people really get that. I agree, his way is not the way I believe Power Rankings should be done, but he's entitled to his point of view, as everyone else is, and his Rankings, for prediction purposes, are probably way better than mine. I can live with that. I don't try to make my Power Rankings a prediction tool.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I think that nhl.com's Power Rankings are valid, yet not neccessarily THE only true, predictors of future success. Exactly what Corey Masisak is saying. He's not saying that no team has a chance of beating the Kings in a seven-game series in the playoffs, like, ironically, his most rabid supporters suggest. He's saying that he bases his rankings on the current play, not neccessarily the recent results, of the different teams (but yes, I think he may overvalue some of the advanced statistics), and that in case of a tie, he would go with whoever he believes would win, if a seven-game series started RIGHT NOW. He's arguing that the Kings have probably played the best hockey in the NHL for several months, and that their recent winning streak proves that their puck luck is finally going their way, which of course makes the Kings a scary opponent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To a certain degree, I think he underestimates what has plagued the 'Hawks for several stretches this season, and has been tormenting the Kings for the most part since November. These teams have been pushed to the outside more often than not, admittedly putting a lot of shots on net, but they haven't been on the doorstep, so to speak, so that the real scoring chances have been few and far between, compared to shot attempt totals. It's like both of these teams have played a bit careless this season, believing that they will be able to turn it around when it matters. Which, of course, they may do, but there's no guarantee that will happen. Case in point, the way the Kings have been playing for months, SHOULD have made them winning games much more regularly than they have. Why haven't they been able to do that, then? And why will this seemingly dominating play guarantee that they will win come playoff time? Does puck luck magically disappear in the playoffs? Of course not!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I'd even go as far as saying that it's actually more of a factor in the playoffs, because of the few games in each series. Yes, of course the better team will win in a best-of-99 series much more reliantly than in a seven-game series. That's pure statistics and simple logic. Does the play of the Kings the past few months increase their chances of beating a team in a playoff series? Most certainly, but no game in the League, be it pre-season, regular season or post-season is an automatic win for ANY team in the NHL. If that was the case, I would stop watching the game immediately! The extremely fascinating subject of confidence is also much more prevalent in a short playoff series than over the course of a season. You often hear about hot and cold goalies deciding playoff series. That, of course, is first and foremost confidence.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It's not like great goaltenders suddenly forget how to stop pucks! Of course this is also tied to stuff like injuries, but injuries is an important factor in a player's confidence level, so I'll use the wider term of confidence that includes injury status. I'm a professional operatic/classical singer, and of course a running nose or a sore throat impacts my ability to sing to a noticeable degree, but even more importantly, it has a BIG impact on my confidence level, because of the fact that I know that it does impact my ability to sing slightly. We're all humans, after all. I don't know of any advanced statistics that measure confidence of a team/player better than their win/loss record or current streaks or their "less advanced" point totals or save percentages. To me, these "confidence" stats, if you will, have more impact on the play of certain teams/players, especially short term, than those who believe that the only important stats have finally arrived at nhl.com this February will care to admit (or even recognize). And I haven't even mentioned under-/over-estimating your opponents, and the impact that has on the games, which most people agree upon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I also honestly believe the ability to close out games IS a skill, and that the immeasureable "heart" and "urgency" plays an enormous part in this skill. Both Chicago and Los Angeles have had a hard time showing heart all season, and I honestly believe that the Kings have shown heart lately mainly because they were on the verge of missing the playoffs. They could still very well end up on the outside looking in, but they've improved their chances greatly with this recent surge (but remember they only had one win in their eight games leading up to their eight-game winning streak; it's easy to forget such details when a team suddenly turns it around). I don't think it's a coincidence that this streak came now, and not in December, when they were still in the top eight in the West. Also, I don't think that it's a coincidence that the 'Hawks arguably best game in several weeks comes now, after Patrick Kane gets knocked out for most likely the rest of the season. That's urgency, and that's good. Both teams have this ability/skill, but can they keep it up? That's what I'm starting to wonder about, since they haven't really worked on that skill for most of the season, any of them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I think both teams are better than the standings suggest, and the losing finalist last season, the Rangers, has had a similar roller-coaster of a season. They started out terribly, then they suddenly caught fire when needed. Then they lost Henrik Lundqvist, and they really had to keep the pressure on, which they have done remarkably well. I believe the Rangers are much better than last year too, and they're probably playing even more desperate now, than they did in the playoffs last season. That's a recipe for success, in my opinion, and I think that both the 'Hawks and the Kings are too lazy right now to be able to keep up this urgency this consistently over time. Maybe their respective recent cup wins have made them lose a step in this department? Anyway, I think the Rangers are the best team in the League right now, and I believe that they would be able to beat any team in a seven-game series that started now. Are they the only ones who could be able to do that, in my opinion? No, but I don't think there's ever one single team no one else could beat in such a series. And I think Corey Masisak agrees with me, because most people who really follow hockey do.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Most people would probably skip this post if I posted it on www.nhl.com, just like they seem to do with the Power Rankings article itself, mainly because they don't want to read stuff this long. I think it would be good if people read it, though. I'm not saying that my thoughts are better or more valuable than anyone else's, but I think Corey Masisak deserves recognition for what he does, because he really does it well. But I think he should be defended with good, solid arguments, not what a lot of his followers are writing ("no team will be able to beat LA in a seven-game series right now" and stuff like that; those arguments are actually insults to Corey, in my opinion). I, personally, believe my own Power Rankings are more true to the concept of what I believe Power Rankings should measure than his Power Rankings are, but that is matter of taste, and I think he's doing a fantastic job.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For comparison's sake, my current Power Rankings are (my full update won't be up until Sunday; and kudos to Sean Richardson, his post is eerily similar to my list; check it out!):</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>1 NY Rangers</p> <p>2 Nashville</p> <p>3 Montr&eacute;al</p> <p>4 St. Louis</p> <p>5 Detroit</p> <p>6 NY Islanders</p> <p>7 Anaheim</p> <p>8 Washington</p> <p>9 Tampa Bay</p> <p>10 Chicago</p> <p>11 Pittsburgh</p> <p>12 Minnesota</p> <p>13 Winnipeg</p> <p>14 Los Angeles</p> <p>15 Vancouver</p> <p>16 Calgary</p> <p>17 Boston</p> <p>18 Colorado</p> <p>19 Philadelphia</p> <p>20 Ottawa</p> <p>21 San Jose</p> <p>22 Dallas</p> <p>23 Florida</p> <p>24 New Jersey</p> <p>25 Carolina</p> <p>26 Columbus</p> <p>27 Edmonton</p> <p>28 Toronto</p> <p>29 Buffalo</p> <p>30 Arizona</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Update "02/22/2015"

<p>Hi, and sorry for the delay this week. I'm working out of town and I brought the wrong power cable. I bought a new one today, so the lists are coming one day behind schedule. Keeping up with my original plan, the updates won't include yesterday's games.</p>

Updated 02/15/2015

<p>Wonder how your favorite team has performed in games against teams from the Eastern Conference compared to others? Or maybe you want to know how they've fared against teams from the Metropolitan Division?</p> <p>These and other stats can be gauged by looking at the "H/A + Conferences" and "Vs. Divisions" pages. As usual, the Power Rankings and the prorated standings are updated as well.</p> <p>Next week we'll have another look at playoff security for all teams.</p>

Updated 02/08/2015

<p>This week, playoff security has been updated along with the weekly updates.</p>

Updated 02/01/2015

<p>Hello, folks!</p> <p>This is my latest update. Unfortunately, there are way too many things going on in my life at the moment, so I'm having a hard time writing these small write-ups for my different posts every week. I hope the numbers speak for themselves, and that they're enjoyable even without some editorial work occasionally.</p>

First-half report

<p>This is my first-half report, as we'll be halfway through the season early on Saturday. This also marks the season debut of the playoff security updates. Wonder how likely it is that your favorite team makes the playoffs this season? Would you just love for [insert the most despicable team you can think of here] to miss out of the big dance? How bad will they have to play the rest of the way for this to be possible? If these questions get your attention, then that page will definitely be very informative for you. &nbsp;I hope you all like this, and of course the more familiar features as well.</p>

...and a Happy New Year!

<p>The 2014 portion is in the books, and starting today, my updates will be released on Thursdays until the All-Star break. That means 21 days of hockey. After that the updates will be coming on Sundays the rest of the way.</p> <p>Even though the Winter Classic is already over (and congrats to the Capitals for beating my 'Hawks!), my lists won't include that game this week. They're all based on the games and records as of the end of 2014.</p>

Merry Christmas to you all!

<p>I'm very thankful for your support of my website for a whole year, in which I got a total of more than 28,000 hits! I hope I'll manage to continue for several more years with increasing popularity...</p> <p>That being said, I have to ask you for forgiveness, as christmas has been hectic. Meaning I haven't had the chance to publish this week's update until now, just when the next games are about to start.</p>

The 2014 - 2015 season

<p>Hi, everyone!</p> <p>A new season has arrived, and it's already under way!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Because of the two breaks during the regular season, my entries won't be published on set weekdays throughout the campaign. For the first 77 days of the season (from the very start of the season until the Holiday break), I will be posting on Wednesdays every week. I'll finish off the year by posting on January 1st, and the entries will be posted on Thursdays until the All-star break. For the rest of the season, my entries will come on Sundays, culminating in the final regular season update after all 1,230 games have been played&nbsp;(over 178 days).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There will be weekly updates for both my Power Rankings and Prorated standings throughout the season, while Playoff security will be updated every fortnight, starting with the January 7th update (I don't think there's any real need for it earlier in the season; if you disagree with me, please let me know). Home/Away, Conferencial (is that even a word?) and Divisional statistics will be posted every four weeks starting with the October 21st update.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the schedule for my entries during the regular season in full:</p> <p>- Through games of October 14th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of October 21st, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of October 28th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of November 4th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of November 11th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of November 18th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of November 25th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of December 2nd, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of December 9th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of December 16th, 2014</p> <p>- Through games of December 23rd, 2014</p> <p>(3-day Holiday break)</p> <p>- Through games of December 31st, 2014 (after five more days of hockey)</p> <p>- Through games of January 7th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of January 14th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of January 21st, 2015</p> <p>(5-day All-star break)</p> <p>- Through games of January 31st, 2015 (after five more days of hockey)</p> <p>- Through games of February 7th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of February 14th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of February 21st, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of February 28th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of March 7th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of March 14th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of March 21st, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of March 28th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of April 4th, 2015</p> <p>- Through games of April 11th, 2015 (when all 30 teams will finish their respective regular seasons)</p>


<p>Hello, everyone!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm delighted to announce that I've bought a much better domain name than the unfathomably awkward oyvind-schiott.123hjemmeside.no. Of course, you can still enter my homepage by going to the usual address (at least for the time being), but you can now access it by going to <a href="http://www.nhlstats.net">www.nhlstats.net</a>, or simply nhlstats.net.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I hope you're kind enough to help spread the word to everyone interested.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kind regards,</p> <p><img class="mce-emotion" title="Kul" src="/images/tinyMceEditor/smilies/smile.png" alt="Kul" border="0" />yvind.</p>


<p>Hello, folks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I started with my weekly Power Rankings through <a href="http://www.nhl.com,">www.nhl.com</a>&nbsp;a couple of years ago,&nbsp;but as you now need a Facebook account to be able to post comments on there, I'm out. I don't have a Facebook account, I have no desire for one, and I won't get an account just because of <a href="http://www.nhl.com">www.nhl.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I know that I now have a pretty loyal following, and I would want those of you with a Facebook account to help me spread the word, so to speak. Please tell people that are asking for me where they can find this site. I'm really grateful for any help in this matter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Yours sincerely,</p> <p>&Oslash;yvind Schi&oslash;tt.</p>


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Olsen | Svar 05.03.2017 18.19

Unfortunatly, there are no more updates. I hope you are doing fine. I miss your power ranking :)

Øyvind Schiøtt 06.03.2017 18.12

I'm doing a couple of concerts next weekend, so I'm not sure if I manage to get anything done this week, either, but I'll give it a shot...

Øyvind schiøtt 06.03.2017 18.10

It doesn't mean that I'm giving up, but I'd be surprised if I managed to catch up ahead of the playoffs. No comment from people has made me neglect it further.

Øyvind Schiøtt 06.03.2017 18.06

Thanks, pal. I'm doing fine, but my schedule is terrible. Well, sort of... I'm extremely busy, and I just haven't had the time to keep up with this.

Marcos | Svar 09.02.2016 19.44

...so as then you can look back at the chart and extract your own conclussions, knowing the context and the important facts to bear in mind.

Marcos | Svar 09.02.2016 19.39

Hi Oyvind, about the footnotes: very interesting. They help to make a good read and also they provide a fast, overall picture of what is going on in that stat..

Olsen | Svar 12.11.2015 21.20

Hey, I might be interessted in the fantasy league as well. But I have no idea how it works :)

Great and interessting page by the way, good job

Øyvind Schiøtt 13.11.2015 15.07

Hello, and thank you for the kind words! I'll send you some information about ØHL in a PM.

Marcos | Svar 22.08.2015 03.07

...And about the fantasy league, I would be in! It looks funny!

Øyvind Schiøtt 07.10.2015 00.35

It's pretty cool. You seperate nine offensive categories and six defensives ones into three distinct periods. I'll see if I get time to list the rules sometime.

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06.03 | 18:12

I'm doing a couple of concerts next weekend, so I'm not sure if I manage to get anything done this week, either, but I'll give it a shot...

06.03 | 18:10

It doesn't mean that I'm giving up, but I'd be surprised if I managed to catch up ahead of the playoffs. No comment from people has made me neglect it further.

06.03 | 18:06

Thanks, pal. I'm doing fine, but my schedule is terrible. Well, sort of... I'm extremely busy, and I just haven't had the time to keep up with this.

05.03 | 18:19

Unfortunatly, there are no more updates. I hope you are doing fine. I miss your power ranking :)

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