Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

Full Ranking

                                             STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM            W  L  PF  PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 41 20 215 166  0.018 30.603    1  1.019    1  0.249    4  0.212    1 0.5422  1.168  0.380  0.045  0.000
LIGHTNING      41 20 219 164  0.003 30.211    2  1.007    2  0.240    1  0.260    2 0.5421  1.190  0.456  0.064  0.000
PREDATORS      37 23 192 155  0.017 30.169    3  0.884    3  0.169    5  0.199    4 0.5295  0.989  0.148  0.249  0.000
BRUINS         37 21 191 142 -0.037 27.844    4  0.878    4  0.166    2  0.218    3 0.5296  0.963  0.138  0.298  0.000
MAPLE LEAFS    38 25 209 175 -0.012 31.021    5  0.812    5  0.138    6  0.122    5 0.5241  1.102  0.207  0.037  0.000
JETS           36 25 203 161  0.015 30.523    6  0.802    6  0.133    3  0.213    6 0.5230  1.062  0.248  0.177  0.000
PENGUINS       36 26 201 181  0.003 30.934    7  0.755    7  0.115    9  0.085    7 0.5195  1.137  0.213 -0.043  0.000
STARS          35 26 181 159  0.003 30.451    8  0.735    8  0.105    8  0.085    8 0.5176  0.940 -0.021  0.192  0.000
WILD           34 27 185 172  0.019 30.846    9  0.698    9  0.088   10  0.082    9 0.5153  1.025  0.074  0.089  0.000
BLUES          34 28 173 160  0.011 31.200   10  0.667   10  0.074   12  0.056   11 0.5129  0.862 -0.137  0.248  0.000
TEAM            W  L  PF  PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
CAPITALS       34 27 189 183 -0.014 30.142   11  0.663   11  0.072   15  0.008   10 0.5131  1.089  0.077 -0.062  0.000
KINGS          33 28 174 151  0.022 30.879   12  0.662   12  0.070    7  0.120   12 0.5115  0.837 -0.099  0.339  0.000
AVALANCHE      32 28 186 180  0.014 30.294   13  0.626   13  0.051   14  0.036   13 0.5097  1.118  0.141 -0.068  0.000
SHARKS         33 29 180 173  0.005 31.044   14  0.619   14  0.047   11  0.059   14 0.5071  0.964 -0.020  0.137  0.000
FLYERS         32 29 183 175 -0.028 29.828   15  0.572   15  0.019   16 -0.000   15 0.5035  1.002 -0.035  0.035  0.000
DUCKS          31 31 171 170  0.029 31.658   16  0.571   16  0.017   13  0.050   16 0.5027  0.884 -0.119  0.218  0.000
FLAMES         31 31 177 184  0.016 31.441   17  0.555   17  0.008   18 -0.015   17 0.5010  1.015 -0.034  0.004  0.000
DEVILS         31 30 183 187 -0.040 29.591   18  0.525   18 -0.011   19 -0.052   18 0.4980  1.097  0.026 -0.131  0.000
BLUE JACKETS   30 31 160 172 -0.016 30.235   19  0.511   19 -0.020   21 -0.073   19 0.4975  0.830 -0.300  0.154  0.000
PANTHERS       27 31 169 188  0.012 29.387   20  0.476   20 -0.041   20 -0.069   20 0.4932  1.148  0.073 -0.211  0.000
TEAM            W  L  PF  PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
ISLANDERS      29 33 206 223  0.002 31.196   21  0.473   21 -0.043   23 -0.088   21 0.4927  1.377  0.357 -0.534  0.000
BLACKHAWKS     27 35 176 176  0.008 31.228   22  0.394   22 -0.086   17 -0.007   23 0.4855  0.965 -0.085  0.070  0.000
HURRICANES     27 34 163 186 -0.014 30.305   23  0.390   23 -0.086   22 -0.084   22 0.4859  0.970 -0.156 -0.012  0.000
RANGERS        27 35 175 198 -0.020 30.691   24  0.364   24 -0.099   25 -0.117   24 0.4829  1.085 -0.053 -0.181  0.000
OILERS         25 35 167 196  0.015 30.594   25  0.345   25 -0.107   27 -0.157   25 0.4809  1.118 -0.052 -0.261  0.000
RED WINGS      24 36 159 180 -0.027 29.504   26  0.248   26 -0.153   24 -0.090   27 0.4731  0.926 -0.211  0.032  0.000
CANUCKS        23 38 164 200  0.029 31.401   27  0.239   27 -0.156   26 -0.138   26 0.4732  1.098 -0.059 -0.218  0.000
CANADIENS      23 37 154 189 -0.032 29.552   28  0.191   28 -0.179   28 -0.206   28 0.4681  0.978 -0.269 -0.144  0.000
SENATORS       21 39 163 211 -0.007 30.209   29  0.128   29 -0.212   30 -0.238   29 0.4632  1.127 -0.122 -0.354  0.000
COYOTES        17 43 145 202  0.027 31.022   30  0.014   30 -0.288   29 -0.234   30 0.4509  0.964 -0.312 -0.156  0.000
TEAM            W  L  PF  PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
SABRES         18 43 146 200 -0.023 30.299   31  0.000   31 -0.298   31 -0.244   31 0.4487  0.948 -0.341 -0.146  0.000

PACIFIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR GOLDEN KNIGHTS 41 20 215 166 0.018 30.603 1 1.019 1 0.249 4 0.212 1 0.5422 1.168 0.380 0.045 0.000 KINGS 33 28 174 151 0.022 30.879 12 0.662 12 0.070 7 0.120 12 0.5115 0.837 -0.099 0.339 0.000 SHARKS 33 29 180 173 0.005 31.044 14 0.619 14 0.047 11 0.059 14 0.5071 0.964 -0.020 0.137 0.000 DUCKS 31 31 171 170 0.029 31.658 16 0.571 16 0.017 13 0.050 16 0.5027 0.884 -0.119 0.218 0.000 FLAMES 31 31 177 184 0.016 31.441 17 0.555 17 0.008 18 -0.015 17 0.5010 1.015 -0.034 0.004 0.000 OILERS 25 35 167 196 0.015 30.594 25 0.345 25 -0.107 27 -0.157 25 0.4809 1.118 -0.052 -0.261 0.000 CANUCKS 23 38 164 200 0.029 31.401 27 0.239 27 -0.156 26 -0.138 26 0.4732 1.098 -0.059 -0.218 0.000 COYOTES 17 43 145 202 0.027 31.022 30 0.014 30 -0.288 29 -0.234 30 0.4509 0.964 -0.312 -0.156 0.000

CENTRAL DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR PREDATORS 37 23 192 155 0.017 30.169 3 0.884 3 0.169 5 0.199 4 0.5295 0.989 0.148 0.249 0.000 JETS 36 25 203 161 0.015 30.523 6 0.802 6 0.133 3 0.213 6 0.5230 1.062 0.248 0.177 0.000 STARS 35 26 181 159 0.003 30.451 8 0.735 8 0.105 8 0.085 8 0.5176 0.940 -0.021 0.192 0.000 WILD 34 27 185 172 0.019 30.846 9 0.698 9 0.088 10 0.082 9 0.5153 1.025 0.074 0.089 0.000 BLUES 34 28 173 160 0.011 31.200 10 0.667 10 0.074 12 0.056 11 0.5129 0.862 -0.137 0.248 0.000 AVALANCHE 32 28 186 180 0.014 30.294 13 0.626 13 0.051 14 0.036 13 0.5097 1.118 0.141 -0.068 0.000 BLACKHAWKS 27 35 176 176 0.008 31.228 22 0.394 22 -0.086 17 -0.007 23 0.4855 0.965 -0.085 0.070 0.000

ATLANTIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR LIGHTNING 41 20 219 164 0.003 30.211 2 1.007 2 0.240 1 0.260 2 0.5421 1.190 0.456 0.064 0.000 BRUINS 37 21 191 142 -0.037 27.844 4 0.878 4 0.166 2 0.218 3 0.5296 0.963 0.138 0.298 0.000 MAPLE LEAFS 38 25 209 175 -0.012 31.021 5 0.812 5 0.138 6 0.122 5 0.5241 1.102 0.207 0.037 0.000 PANTHERS 27 31 169 188 0.012 29.387 20 0.476 20 -0.041 20 -0.069 20 0.4932 1.148 0.073 -0.211 0.000 RED WINGS 24 36 159 180 -0.027 29.504 26 0.248 26 -0.153 24 -0.090 27 0.4731 0.926 -0.211 0.032 0.000 CANADIENS 23 37 154 189 -0.032 29.552 28 0.191 28 -0.179 28 -0.206 28 0.4681 0.978 -0.269 -0.144 0.000 SENATORS 21 39 163 211 -0.007 30.209 29 0.128 29 -0.212 30 -0.238 29 0.4632 1.127 -0.122 -0.354 0.000 SABRES 18 43 146 200 -0.023 30.299 31 0.000 31 -0.298 31 -0.244 31 0.4487 0.948 -0.341 -0.146 0.000

METROPOLITAN DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR PENGUINS 36 26 201 181 0.003 30.934 7 0.755 7 0.115 9 0.085 7 0.5195 1.137 0.213 -0.043 0.000 CAPITALS 34 27 189 183 -0.014 30.142 11 0.663 11 0.072 15 0.008 10 0.5131 1.089 0.077 -0.062 0.000 FLYERS 32 29 183 175 -0.028 29.828 15 0.572 15 0.019 16 -0.000 15 0.5035 1.002 -0.035 0.035 0.000 DEVILS 31 30 183 187 -0.040 29.591 18 0.525 18 -0.011 19 -0.052 18 0.4980 1.097 0.026 -0.131 0.000 BLUE JACKETS 30 31 160 172 -0.016 30.235 19 0.511 19 -0.020 21 -0.073 19 0.4975 0.830 -0.300 0.154 0.000 ISLANDERS 29 33 206 223 0.002 31.196 21 0.473 21 -0.043 23 -0.088 21 0.4927 1.377 0.357 -0.534 0.000 HURRICANES 27 34 163 186 -0.014 30.305 23 0.390 23 -0.086 22 -0.084 22 0.4859 0.970 -0.156 -0.012 0.000 RANGERS 27 35 175 198 -0.020 30.691 24 0.364 24 -0.099 25 -0.117 24 0.4829 1.085 -0.053 -0.181 0.000


DIVISION                W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
CENTRAL DIVISION      235 192 0.550    1  0.144
PACIFIC DIVISION      234 255 0.479    2 -0.020
ATLANTIC DIVISION     229 252 0.476    3 -0.048
METROPOLITAN DIVISION 246 245 0.501    4 -0.061

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.112 points in main ratings (0.079 for semineutral)
     0.013 points in improved RPI (0.008 for semineutral)
Average of 1.00 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Sat Feb 24 05:30:25 2018
games through: Fri Feb 23 2018

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