THE DRAFT LOTTERY – After Games Monday April 2nd-

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Hockey-General News

This from Phil Mushnik’s column in Monday’s New York Post

* For those raised on a six-team NHL, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs at the  bottom of a 15-team conference is like watching Lady Byng being  arraigned for assault.

There’s always some kind of issue at this time of the year in the NHL.  Either it’s juggling for playoff position, simply trying to make the playoffs or, if you’re the Canadiens, Leafs and four or five others, it’s losing enough games to guarantee a high draft pick.

With that in mind, two games Monday night with implications on the draft lotter.

Edmonton, who entered the night in 28th place was shutout by Los Angeles 2-0 and remain in a points tie with the Canadiens. Because they have played one more game than the Canadiens, they technically drop to 29th.       Tampa Bay, in 22nd place overall beat Washington 4-2.

The Draft Lottery Race – Overall Standings Updated After Games of April 2nd

22nd – Tampa Bay    81 pts.  3 games remaining

23rd – Carolina          78 pts.  3 games remaining

24th – Minnesota      78 pts.  3 remaining

25th – Anaheim         77 pts.  3 remaining

26th – NY Islanders 77 pts.   3 remaining

27th – Toronto           77 pts.   3 remaining

28th – Canadiens     73 pts.   3 remaining ***

29th – Edmonton     73 pts.   2 remaining  ***

30th – Columbus      61 pts.   3 remaining

*** = should he Canadiens and Oilers remain tied at the end of the season, the tiebreaker  is total wins minus victories in shootouts. (see NHL By-Law 27.3 below).  The Oilers have 31 wins, five of them in the shootout.  Their total is 26.  The Canadiens have 29 minus 5 for 24.   Thus the Oilers are 28th and the Canadiens 29th.

NHL By-Law 27.3

At the conclusion of the regular Schedule of Championship Games the standing of the teams in each Conference shall be determined in accordance with the following priorities in the order listed:

a) First place in each of the three divisions seeded 1, 2 and 3.

b) The higher number of points earned by the Club.

c) The greater number of games won by the Club (excluding games won in the Shootout).

d) The higher number of points earned in games against each other among two or more Clubs having equal standing under priorities (b) and (c).

e) The greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing under priority (d).




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