SLAPSHOT REPORT improves upon the traditional  method of
ranking teams exclusively by points earned.

Hockey Analyst evaluates teams using
Performance Components:

  • Success Ratio (SR) calculates points earned as a percent of
    points available to be earned for games played to date.     
    Teams with a season SR above 54% usually make playoffs.

  • Goals For / Goals Against / Per Game calculates cumulative
    average winning or losing margin for games played to date.
    Historically (with few exceptions), teams with a season
    negative GF/GA/PG will not make the playoffs.

  • Opponents Cumulative Average Success Ratio (OCASR)
    calculates team schedule difficulty for games played to date.
Performance Components cited above are entered into a proprietary formula that calculates overall team strength and assigns a numeric value to
rank each team within its Conference.  
Performance Components and Calculated Rankings within Divisions and Conferences are displayed in two
spreadsheets which provide a comprehensive view of each team's strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments, compared to all other teams.
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SUITED GENTLEMAN STANDING BEHIND YOUR HOCKEY
ANALYST IS HOCKEY HALL OF FAME STAR BOBBY ORR
Above pictures were taken at an important fund raising event. The Los Angeles Kings
and Los Angeles Senior Kings, featuring guest coach Bobby Orr, hosted an NHL
Oldtimers Tournament to benefit the Children's Special Olympics. Guest player and
Olympic five gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden scored a goal for the Senior Kings.
Updated 5/2/18 @
2:30 PM Pacific Time
SPREADSHEET NOTES
Oddsmakers Picks

$ following one team's name means it is favored to win that game.

$ after both teams' names denotes even odds. (Such games are
not used in calculating oddsmakers winning percentage.)

Sources: Various on line web sites displaying current odds.

NOTE: Oddsmakers overwhelmingly favor home teams to win.

Historical research indicates home teams win a slight majority
of games. (See following record for recent years.)

NOTE: Hockey Analyst and Oddsmakers frequently select different
teams as the likely winner of each game. Choose carefully!
Hockey Analyst Picks

All Games:
The number in parenthesis after a team name is your Hockey
Analyst's calculated rank for that team
in its' Conference. The team with
the lower number is ranked higher than the opponent and most often is
the pick to win that game.

In some instances a team with a higher number (poorer record) may be
deemed more likely to win, often due to home ice advantage. In such
cases Hockey Analyst predicted winner will be followed by an asterisk
*.

Inter-Conference Games: To reflect the difference in Conference
strengths, a team with a higher number (poorer record) in a stronger
Conference may be deemed more likely to win vs a team with a lower
number (better performance) in a weaker Conference. In such cases  
the Hockey Analyst predicted winner will be followed by an asterisk
*.
The "Division Rank" spreadsheet lists teams in order of Success Ratio. It shows the "Variance from Average" for "Goals For" and "Goals Against".
Black numbers denote better than league average performance; red numbers denote poorer than league average performance. The degree of
variance facilitates evaluation of each team's offensive and defensive record to date and provides the foundation for comments in "Analyst Alley".

The "Conference Rank" spreadsheet lists teams according to your Hockey Analyst's overall ranking that combines all three Performance Criteria.
YOUR HOCKEY ANALYST USES A UNIQUE METHODOLOGY AND
PROPRIETARY FORMULAE TO EVALUATE AND RANK EACH TEAM
IN ACCORDANCE WITH CUMULATIVE GAME SUCCESS,
PERFORMANCE STATISTICS, AND SCHEDULE DIFFICULTY.
SLAPSHOT REPORT!
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Who picks most regular
season winners?
Home team winning %
Oddsmakers winning %
Hockey Analyst winning %
2013/14

52.89
60.12
63.12
2014/15

53.82
58.44
64.35
2015/16

51.62
58.18
60.46
2016/17

55.53
58.29
63.74
Odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2018 (as of 5/2)
Pittsburgh
Washington
Tampa Bay
Boston
7.5/1
6/1
5/1
5/1
Nashville
6.5/1
San Jose
Winnipeg
4.5/1
Las Vegas
3.25/1
18/1
2017/18

55.46
60.00
63.90
Oddsmakers playoff home team picks
47 of 58 (through 5/3) - 81%

Oddsmakers playoff correct picks
33 of 54 played - 61%

Home team playoff wins
27 of 54 played - 50%
Winnipeg
Las Vegas
Nashville
San Jose
Western Conference
Second Round Results
1
5
4
4
4
7
7
3
4
0
4
3
Eastern Conference
Second Round Results
Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay
Boston
Washington
2
4
4
3
1
3
2
4
6
2
Saturday 5/5 Schedule

Pittsburgh @ Washington
Winnipeg @ Nashville
Wednesday 5/2 Schedule

Tampa Bay @ Boston $
Las Vegas @ San Jose $
Sunday 5/6 Schedule

Boston @ Tampa Bay
Las Vegas @ San Jose
Thursday 5/3 Schedule

Washington @ Pittsburgh $
Nashville @ Winnipeg $
Friday 5/4 Schedule

Tampa Bay @ Boston
San Jose @ Las Vegas