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Monday, April 08, 2013

Updated strength of schedule

The Isles no longer hold the weakest remaining schedule in the East.

The Rangers do.  In a league where three points are handed out way too often, Ranger opponents are averaging 1.006 points per game (.503 win pctg). 

Four Easiest in East
1.  Rangers  .503    after playing Tor/Tor/NYI, none of their final 7 opponents are in a playoff spot
2.  Winnipeg .511    ...but Isles/Wsh/Montreal are three of their final 4
3.  Boston   .515      Along with Carolina, only teams with 11 to play in final 20 days
4.  Isles .520            Final 5-gm road trip includes 4 teams not currently in a spot

Four Toughest:
1. Devils .595           7 of final 9 vs teams in current top 8, including 2 trips to MSG
2. Hurricanes .594    Next 5, and 8 of 11 left vs current playoff teams
3. Capitals .591        Did you know Washington does NOT own a regulation win against a team currently in top 8?  (Thanks NHL.com)
4. Buffalo .576         only 4 points behind Isles...but only 11 ROW to Isles 16.

Carolina at Boston and Rangers at Toronto are tonight's Eastern Conference games.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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