With last night’s win, the Golden Knights now have 86 points. They lead the Pacific Division by 12 points and still maintain a three point advantage on the Nashville Predators for the lead in the Western Conference.
We’re all thinking playoffs, so we figured it was time to add a new sidebar to the site to help show exactly how close the Golden Knights are to clinching a spot in the playoffs and to win the Western Conference in the regular season.
Baseball popularized the term “magic number,” but hockey doesn’t quite work that way as points are counted rather than wins. So, we’re going to call it “points to elimination.”
The idea is to find out exactly how many points the Golden Knights need to have to eliminate each individual team. Once they are all eliminated, the Golden Knights will have clinched.
- To clinch the playoffs
- Vegas must have eliminated either five teams in the Pacific Division OR seven teams in the Western Conference.
- To clinch the Pacific Division
- Vegas must have eliminated all seven Pacific Division teams.
- To clinch the Western Conference
- Vegas must have eliminated all 14 Western Conference teams.
So here they are (and they’ll be stuck on the sidebar of SinBin.vegas for the remainder of the regular season).
Points to Elimination
Arizona Coyotes – E
Vancouver Canucks – E
Edmonton Oilers – 2
Calgary Flames – 14
Anaheim Ducks – 18
Los Angeles Kings – 19
San Jose Sharks – 23
Chicago Blackhawks – 4
St. Louis Blues – 15
Colorado Avalanche – 18
Dallas Stars – 20
Minnesota Wild – 23
Winnipeg Jets – 31
Nashville Predators – 39
So what does the “points to elimination” number mean?
The goal is to get that number to 0. There are two ways to take points off the number. First, the Golden Knights earn points. If they win, you subtract two from the number. If they lose in OT, you subtract one. The other way is for the team in question to fail to earn points. If they lose, you subtract two. If they lose in OT, one. If the Golden Knights lose and the team in question wins, then the number remains the same.
Reminder: This is only eliminating the team from finishing with more points than the Golden Knights. This does NOT mean that a team is eliminated from the playoffs.
The formula is as follows
(Team X games remaining x 2) + Team X Points – Golden Knights Points + 1
Example: Arizona Coyotes (Points 44/Games Remaining 22/VGK Points 86) + 1 (To ensure elimination)
(22 x 2) + 44 – 86 + 1
44 + 44 – 86 + 1
88 – 86 + 1