Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Anonymous said...

off post-topic, tonights matchup related query:

what is the first tie breaker? if FLA wins vs CAR tonight, we will then have IDENTICAL records. lets cheer for CAR to win... easier to get that 8th spot, harder to get that 3rd spot.


JP said...

First of all, off-post topic comments are always welcome, especially in these "Today's Front Page" features - they're pretty much open threads.

Second of all, here's the League's tie-breaking procedure:

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:
1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
2. The greater number of games won.
3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing.
4. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.

Given the above, the fact that the Caps have two games left against Florida and the fact that even with a win tonight Florida is not ahead of the Caps, I'll still be rooting for the Panthers - I'm still more worried about the teams ahead of the Caps than those behind or potentially tied.