NHL 13 Season Simulation: December 29th

It is almost the mid-point of the season, and the playoffs are beginning to creep into the minds of players, coaches, and fans.

Montreal continues to take care of business, and have opened up an 11 point lead on second place Pittsburgh. Other teams are left questioning whether they can turn it around and begin to start climbing the conference standings.

The Devils, who were once the Atlantic leaders, have dropped to 13th in the Eastern Conference and four points out of the playoffs. The Nashville Predators have also played their way out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

It is only the end of December, but before you know it, there are only ten games left in the season and it becomes a desperate time for many teams.

Here are the standings through December 29th, 2012:

Eastern Conference                                                           Last Ten

1. Montreal Canadiens*   25-7-4   54pts                                7-2-1

2. Pittsburgh Penguins*  20-13-3   43pts                               5-4-1

3. Carolina Hurricanes*   19-16-3   41pts                              5-5-0

4. Boston Bruins              19-13-3   41pts                               5-3-2

5. New York Rangers     19-12-2    40pts                                6-3-1

6. Philadelphia Flyers   18-3-4    40pts                                   5-4-1

7. Florida Panthers    17-13-5    39pts                                    4-3-3

8. Ottawa Senators    16-12-7    39pts                                    7-1-2

9. New York Islanders   16-13-7    39pts                                 3-3-4

10. Winninpeg Jets     18-13-1    37pts                                    6-4-0

11. Toronto Maple Leafs   18-14-1   37pts                             6-4-0

12. Buffalo Sabres     16-14-5     37pts                                   4-4-2

13. New Jersey Devils   16-15-3    35pts                                3-6-1

14. Washington Capitals   14-21-2   30pts                             6-4-0

15. Tampa Bay Lightning   14-19-0   28pts                            6-4-0

Who’s Hot: The Northeast Division has the two hottest teams in the East. Montreal has been red hot all season long so it’s no surprise they are 7-2-1 in their last ten. They may never be on the “not” list this season.

The Ottawa Senators are playing great hockey and have vaulted into the number eight spot with a 7-1-2 record over their last ten.

Who’s Not: The New Jersey Devils are in a free fall right now and are out of the playoff picture for now. Their 3-6-1 record over their last ten have dropped them to 13th in the conference.

Western Conference                                                             Last Ten

1. Edmonton Oilers*   21-11-2    44pts                                    5-4-1

2. Detroit Red Wings*   19-10-6    44pts                                 7-1-2

3. Phoenix Coyotes*   21-11-1    43pts                                    8-1-1

4. Vancouver Canucks    19-12-6    44pts                               6-3-1

5. San Jose Sharks   19-11-5    43pts                                      5-3-2

6. Los Angeles Kings   17-12-8    42pts                                   3-4-3

7. Columbus Blue Jackets   19-15-1    39pts                           5-5-0

8. St. Louis Blues   19-15-1    39pts                                         6-3-1

9. Nashville Predators   16-14-7    39pts                                 2-6-2

10. Chicago Blackhawks   17-13-4    38pts                              8-1-1

11. Colorado Avalanche   16-13-5    37pts                              5-4-1

12. Calgary Flames   15-14-5    35pts                                      3-6-1

13. Minnesota Wild   16-18-2    34pts                                       5-5-0

14. Dallas Stars   14-19-3    31pts                                           4-6-0

15. Anaheim Ducks   12-19-4    28pts                                      5-5-0

Who’s Hot: The Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes are the two hottest teams in the Western Conference. The Wings are 7-1-2 in their last ten games, and the Coyotes are 8-1-1. Both teams are division leaders at this point.

Who’s Not: The Nashville Predators are tied for eighth place right now in the West, but could be much higher if they did not lose eight of their last ten, and six of them in regulation.

*- Division Leaders

The Leaders

Points                         G       A       P                                                 Wins (Goals Against Avg)

1. D . Sedin (Van)      19      26     45                             1. H. Lundqvist (NYR)- 19 (2.33)

2. A. Ovechkin (Was)   28     15     43                            2. C. Price (Mon)- 18 (1.99)

3. P. Datsyuk (Det)     18     22     40                             3. C. Ward (Car)- 16 (2.16)

4. C. Giroux (Phi)        11     26     37                             4. J. Quick (LAK)- 16 (2.47)

5. J. Spezza (Ott)        12     23     35                              5. A. Niemi (SJ)- 15 (2.04)

6. H. Zetterberg (Det)  12     23     35

7. J. Thornton (SJ)      10     25     35

8. M. Pacioretty (Mon)   18     16     34

9. R. Bourque (Mon)     9     25     34

10. H. Sedin (Van)      10     24     34

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