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How many games need to go Ottawa's way?

Derek Leung

It's the time of the year for scoreboard watching, so it's time for the "magic number".

The magic number is the number of games that need to go Ottawa's way for them to finish ahead of that team - either an Ottawa win or that team losing, and 0.5 for an overtime or shootout loss. The percentage is that number out of the number of games Ottawa and that team have remaining.

Currently, this does not account for tie-breakers. We're too far out for those to actually be determined just yet.

Team Magic Number Percentage of Remaining Games
ATLANTIC
BOSTON 28.5 86%
TORONTO 20 65%
TAMPA BAY 20.5 62%
METROPOLITAN
PITTSBURGH 29 85%
COLUMBUS 19 58%
NY RANGERS 18 56%
WILD CARD
MONTRÉAL 19.5 61%
PHILADELPHIA 19.5 57%
OUT OF PLAYOFFS
DETROIT 18.5 54%
NEW JERSEY 17.5 53%
WASHINGTON 16 50%
CAROLINA 15.5 47%
NY ISLANDERS 10.5 33%
FLORIDA 9.5 29%
BUFFALO 5 15%