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Eastern Conference - Records Over Last 35 (ish) Games

We know, thanks to BtN, that the final 35 games of the regular season have the most predictive value with regard to first round playoff performance.  Thanks to shrpsports.com, we also know that 35 games ago takes us more or less back to January 18, 2011.  With that in mind, who's hot and who's not?  Who scares us as a playoff opponent, and who doesn't worry us?  After the jump, the current top 9 teams (8 playoff teams plus the Rangers) , sorted by points percentage based on games since January 18, 2011. 


First, the standings as of Jan. 18:

 

Team W L OT
Philadelphia 30 11 5
Pittsburgh 29 14 4
Tampa Bay 27 15 5
Boston 26 13 7
Washington 25 14 8
Montreal 26 17 4
NY Rangers 26 18 3
Carolina 22 18 6
Buffalo 20 20 5

 

And the performance since then:

 

Team W L OT GP PTS PCT
Washington 23 8 3 34 49 0.721
Buffalo 22 9 5 36 49 0.681
Pittsburgh 19 11 4 34 42 0.618
Tampa Bay 18 10 6 34 42 0.618
Boston 19 11 4 34 42 0.618
Carolina 18 12 5 35 41 0.586
Montreal 17 13 4 34 38 0.559
Philadelphia 16 12 7 35 39 0.557
NY Rangers 17 15 2 34 36 0.529

 

Conclusions: Buffalo in particular looks dangerous to me, based on limited viewing plus their performance here.  New York, their blowout victories over the Caps notwithstanding, should not scare us.  Philadelphia fans should be very worried.  And of course, the Caps look as dangerous on paper as they do on the ice.  Join me in embracing this novel feeling called "confidence".

If this FanPost is written by someone other than one of the blog's editors, the opinions expressed in it do not necessarily reflect those of this blog or SB Nation.

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