Friday, January 18, 2008

Embarassed

I was away from posting for the last couple months and was going to explain why I wasn't here lately and what I thought of The Bruins while I was away, however, that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Today I wish to quickly touch on my embarassment from last nites game. Last nite The Bruins lost to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs (from top to bottom) have the weakest roster in the NHL - they have Mats Sundin and a couple of decent (not great) goalies and after that they are filled with players belonging in the AHL or 4th liners at best. There are only 2 teams (Tampa and L.A.) in the league with less points than Toronto and both contain more talent in their lineup. The Leafs beat Boston 3-2 in a game that went to a shootout.

With the loss Boston fell into a tie for 8th place and the final playoff spot. The loss also had the Bruins fall below .500 for the season so far. As a general rule teams under .500 do not make the post season (The Islanders last year were the exception as they finished one game under and squeeked in).

With The Bruins playing hurt and in a battle for the playoffs, games against Toronto are must wins and losing to inferior teams is unexceptable!

On a non-Bruin note - last nite Rick Nash scored the season's nicest goal so far in Columbus' win over The Coyotes.

7 Comments:

Blogger neb said...

buff the bruins are 22-18-5, four games over 500?

10:33 AM, January 19, 2008  
Blogger jimbuff said...

neb - the win yesterday took them to .500 even. They have 23 wins in 46 games. Remember it is winning percentage not possible points gotten percentage because of ot losses and penalty shot competitions. I hear alot of leafs fans use your logic also as to how they are not that far below .500.
Winning percentage is calculated by dividing games played into wins.
23/46=.500.

7:54 AM, January 20, 2008  
Blogger neb said...

its points the matter jimbuff. a team could go 0-0-70 and be hoping to win the last 12 games to finish at 94 points and qualify for the playoffs. this team would have a zero winning percentage and be in the very thick of the playoff hunt late in the year. your win/lose only mentanitly is nice but flawed when there is a third possiblty.

9:32 AM, January 20, 2008  
Blogger neb said...

i will add that i do not dissagree about the present points system being misleading and needing to be tweeked. i would go for each game being worth 3 points. 3 for a win 2 for overtime winner and one for overtime loser. right now the system is broken because regulation games are valued less than overtime games.

9:35 AM, January 20, 2008  
Blogger jimbuff said...

neb - I understand what you mean and I agree points are what does matter. I was just pointing out that over the last 10 years or so teams that don't win half their games played tend not to make the playoffs

Point system is flawed - your idea is good or maybe have it like baseball - play until there is a winner - no ties or overtime losses or (the stupidest thing in hockey now) no penalty shot competitions.

1:34 PM, January 20, 2008  
Blogger neb said...

i hate to be anal (no i dont). but actually points percentage is what matters next after wins.(for tie breaking). from nhl.com:

In the event teams are tied in the standings, the following tiebreakers are applied to determine which team receives the higher seeding.

1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
2. The greater number of games won.
3. 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.
4. Goal differential

1:49 PM, January 20, 2008  
Blogger neb said...

oopps sorry- above misquoted, its from espn.com....(i assume they have it right).

1:51 PM, January 20, 2008  

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