Sunday, March 21, 2010


If... the Chicago Blackhawks won every one of their remaining games in regulation they would finish the season with 120 standings points.* The Capitals can reach 120 points by winning 7 of their last 10 games. If the tie breaker is the stat "goals for", the Blackhawks have 230 goals, while the Caps easily beat them in that category with 283 goals for as it stands this morning. That means the Hawks would have to score 53 goals in that time (and the Caps would have to be shutout for their remaining games).

If... the Pittsburgh Penguins won every one of their remaining games in regulation time, they would have a 110 points. The Caps can match that mark by just winning 2 of their last 10 games. The Pens would also have to score 59 goals for the tie break.

If... Sidney Crosby wanted to win the Rocket Richard trophy, he would have to score at least 8 goals in his last ten games to overcome Alex Ovechkin's .73 goals per game average. Ovechkin's average would give him about 7 goals in his last ten games. While Crosby's average would likely only give him 6 goals in his last ten games (.63 goals a game average).

If... Henrik Sedin wanted to overcome Ovechkin in points, he would have to grace the scoresheet with assists or goals totaling at least 16 in his last ten games. Ovechkin is averaging 1.56 points a game.

If... Nick Backstrom wanted to overcome Henrik Sedin for assists leader in the league he would have to pass the puck to a goal scorer at least 10 times in the last 10 games of the season to overcome Sedin's average assists per game of .93. Backstrom has .82 for this season.

If... The standings remain as they are to finish the season, the Capitals would play the Boston Bruins in their last game in the regular season and then see them in the first round of the playoffs.

*- Editors note: These numbers were compiled before the Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks in overtime and shootout last night. As it stands now, the most points the Hawks can get is 119.

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