Bad news numbers for Senators

If you’re confused about where NHL teams actually sit in the standings, you’re not alone. 

In its scheduling wisdom, one team has already played 36 games (Anaheim), while four teams have played only 30 (Florida, the New York Islanders,Vancouver and Los Angeles). In some cases, that makes it difficult to read too much into what the overall points standings mean.

But here’s a good rule of thumb when looking at a team’s chances of making the playoffs: if a team’s combined number of wins is less than all of its losses (regulation, plus those in overtime and in shootouts), its chances of the post-season are slim.

Before Sunday’s action, all eight teams in playoff position in the Eastern Conference had more wins than losses. The ninth placed Carolina Hurricanes had 15 wins and 16 losses.

Over in the West, eighth-placed Los Angeles had 18 wins and 12 losses (sure to rise once they play more games) and ninth-placed Phoenix had 15 goals and 16 losses.

Add it all up and it shows just how far back the Senators really are. They went into Sunday’s game against Washington with 14 wins and 20 losses — six wins below the magic mark.

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