Isn't technology great or proof that the Red Wings are over rated 
Another day, another hard fought win for the Calgary Flames over Vancouver. So which team is better Calgary Flames or Detroit Red Wings? The Red Wings have 51 points compared to the Flames 46, and what about Ottawa's 53 points? Given how the schedule is setup so there are more inter-division games, are all divisions created equal or could Detroit be doing so well because they are in such a weak division and could possibly be dog food if they were in a stronger division? These questions have been bouncing around in my mind for a while, but technology comes to the rescue as I spend a lazy morning in bed recovering from the panic that some people call Christmas. So I reach over and grab my Mobile 5 powered i-mate JasJar and connect to the internet using my WPA secured wireless connection and surf over the www.nhl.com and copy/paste the current standings (as of 4:10 AM EST, 12/27/2005) into Excel on my JasJar. Do some quick calculations and viola, Detroit is truly over rated as they are easily playing in the weakest division. Ottawa on the other hand is actually pretty good, but they were punished on their recent road trip out west.

Eastern Conference
ATLANTIC
GP W L OT PTS AVG PTS STD Deviation
PHILADELPHIA 35 22 8 5 49
NY RANGERS 37 21 12 4 46
NY ISLANDERS 35 17 16 2 36
NEW JERSEY 36 15 16 5 35
PITTSBURGH 34 8 19 7 23
Total 177 189 37.8 10.2810505

NORTHEAST
OTTAWA 34 25 6 3 53
BUFFALO 37 25 11 1 51
TORONTO 36 19 14 3 41
MONTREAL 34 17 11 6 40
BOSTON 35 12 17 6 30
Total 176 215 43 9.30053762

SOUTHEAST
CAROLINA 35 23 9 3 49
TAMPA BAY 37 19 15 3 41
ATLANTA 37 16 16 5 37
FLORIDA 38 13 20 5 31
WASHINGTON 33 12 19 2 26
Total 180 184 36.8 8.89943818
Conference 533 588 39.2 9.24430327

Western Conference
CENTRAL
DETROIT 36 24 9 3 51
NASHVILLE 33 23 7 3 49
CHICAGO 35 13 18 4 30
COLUMBUS 36 10 25 1 21
ST LOUIS 33 8 21 4 20
Total 173 171 34.2 14.9566039

NORTHWEST
CALGARY 36 21 11 4 46
EDMONTON 37 21 12 4 46
VANCOUVER 36 20 11 5 45
COLORADO 37 19 15 3 41
MINNESOTA 36 16 16 4 36
Total 182 214 42.8 4.32434966

PACIFIC
DALLAS 34 23 10 1 47
LOS ANGELES 38 23 14 1 47
ANAHEIM 36 16 14 6 38
PHOENIX 37 18 17 2 38
SAN JOSE 35 15 15 5 35
Total 180 205 41 5.61248608
Conference 535 590 39.3333333 9.64118151

From this we can see that the Northwest division is easily the toughest division in the NHL today and just think I was able to do all of this while spending a lazy morning sitting in bed, thank you technology, as now there is one less unanswered thing bouncing around in my head and I can get back to enjoying a lazy day (or at least until the wife gives me my schedule of activities for the day).

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