Apr 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Hockey-General News

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Canadiens and Oilers will compete (if that’s the word) for the second and third position behind Columbus in next week’s draft lottery.  If things do remain the same, neither team will be drafting any lower than fourth on June 27th in Pittsburgh.  Both teams  were idle Tuesday night.  The Canadiens host Tampa Wednesday.  Edmonton will play Anaheim at home on Thursday.

The league standings show the Canadiens ahead of the Oilers despite the fact they’re tied in points.   In the reality of the NHL’s end-of-season tie breaking system, shootout wins are subtracted from the overall win total.  Under that criterium, the Canadiens would drop to 29th or second last in the league of standings were to remain the same.

In the Tuesday games involving the bottom nine teams still in the running for a chance at the first draft pick overall,     Carolina beat the Senators 2-1, Toronto, Minnesota  and Anaheim picked up loser’s points while the Islanders lost in regulation time.

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

22nd – Tampa Bay    81 pts.  3 games remaining

23rd – Carolina          80 pts.  2 games remaining

24th – Minnesota      79 pts.  2 remaining

25th – Anaheim         78 pts.  2 remaining

26th –  Toronto           78 pts.  2 remaining

27th – NY Islanders 77 pts.   2 remaining

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

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

30th – Columbus      61 pts.   2 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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