Combined NHL regular season standings for 2009

As the hockey world turns over the calendar to 2010, in anticipation of what should be a great Winter Classic game between Philadelphia and Boston today at Fenway Park (join the game threads at Broad Street Hockey and Stanley Cup of Chowder to follow all the action), let's take one last look back at 2009, shall we?

After the jump, I've got combined NHL regular season standings for the calendar year, covering roughly the last half of last season and the first half of the current one. How did your favorite team fare?

The following table represents combined regular season records for the 2009 calendar year, using the great tool at ShrpSports to look at the NHL standings after the games of December 31, 2008, comparing that to how teams finished that season, then bringing in the results so far from this campaign:

2008-9, Jan. 1 & later 2009-10 to date 2009 Calendar Year Total
 Team GP W L OTL PTS GP W L OTL PTS GP W L OTL PTS Point %
 New Jersey Devils 46 30 15 1 61 39 28 10 1 57 85 58 25 2 118 .694
 San Jose Sharks 45 25 14 6 56 41 26 8 7 59 86 51 22 13 115 .669
 Washington Capitals 44 26 13 5 57 40 24 10 6 54 84 50 23 11 111 .661
 Chicago Blackhawks 48 26 17 5 57 40 27 10 3 57 88 53 27 8 114 .648
 Pittsburgh Penguins 45 26 14 5 57 41 26 14 1 53 86 52 28 6 110 .640
 Vancouver Canucks 44 25 12 7 57 41 24 16 1 49 85 49 28 8 106 .624
 Buffalo Sabres 45 24 17 4 52 39 24 11 4 52 84 48 28 8 104 .619
 Boston Bruins 45 25 14 6 56 39 20 12 7 47 84 45 26 13 103 .613
 Detroit Red Wings 46 27 14 5 59 40 20 14 6 46 86 47 28 11 105 .610
 Calgary Flames 45 24 19 2 50 40 23 12 5 51 85 47 31 7 101 .594
 St. Louis Blues 45 27 11 7 61 40 17 17 6 40 85 44 28 13 101 .594
 Nashville Predators 46 23 18 5 51 41 24 14 3 51 87 47 32 8 102 .586
 Ottawa Senators 47 23 18 6 52 41 21 16 4 46 88 44 34 10 98 .557
 Florida Panthers 45 25 14 6 56 41 16 18 7 39 86 41 32 13 95 .552
 Philadelphia Flyers 45 24 17 4 52 39 19 18 2 40 84 43 35 6 92 .548
 Dallas Stars 46 20 20 6 46 40 18 11 11 47 86 38 31 17 93 .541
 Minnesota Wild 46 22 17 7 51 41 20 18 3 43 87 42 35 10 94 .540
 Los Angeles Kings 45 19 21 5 43 41 23 15 3 49 86 42 36 8 92 .535
 Phoenix Coyotes 44 18 24 2 38 42 25 13 4 54 86 43 37 6 92 .535
 Columbus Blue Jackets 45 24 15 6 54 42 15 18 9 39 87 39 33 15 93 .534
 New York Rangers 43 20 17 6 46 40 19 17 4 42 83 39 34 10 88 .530
 Atlanta Thrashers 44 23 20 1 47 39 18 17 4 40 83 41 37 5 87 .524
 Anaheim Ducks 44 23 18 3 49 40 16 17 7 39 84 39 35 10 88 .524
 Montreal Canadiens 46 20 21 5 45 43 21 19 3 45 89 41 40 8 90 .506
 Carolina Hurricanes 44 27 15 2 56 40 10 23 7 27 84 37 38 9 83 .494
 Edmonton Oilers 46 21 19 6 48 41 16 21 4 36 87 37 40 10 84 .483
 Toronto Maple Leafs 45 19 19 7 45 41 14 18 9 37 86 33 37 16 82 .477
 Colorado Avalanche 45 13 28 4 30 42 23 13 6 52 87 36 41 10 82 .471
 Tampa Bay Lightning 46 14 24 8 36 40 15 15 10 40 86 29 39 18 76 .442
 New York Islanders 44 14 25 5 33 42 16 18 8 40 86 30 43 13 73 .424

There aren't too many surprises here, but I think it is worth noting that even with an underachieving W/L record compared to their Goals For & Against, the Vancouver Canucks hang in there at #6. With a couple more victories (or even a few overtime losses instead of regulation) thrown in, they'd be in the Top Four.

The performance of the New Jersey Devils during this time is truly remarkable, when you first consider the coaching change from Brent Sutter to Jacques Lemaire during the off-season, along with the fact that with just two overtime/shootout losses (the least in the league by a long way), their points were truly earned by winning games; the Devils total of 58 is a fair step ahead of 2nd-best Chicago with 53.

By contrast, the Tampa Bay Lightning are only held out of last place thanks to their league-leading 18 OT/SO "loser points". I guess when you lose that many games in total, quite a few will require extra time.

It's also interesting to see how awful Colorado was during the 2nd half of last season; even their surprising start this year can't lift them above 28th overall.

So how do you think your favorite team has done in 2009? Are things looking up, or is it time to tear things down and start a rebuild? Speaking from the Nashville perspective, fans have to be encouraged by how this team has produced a strong 1st half, thanks to the development of home-grown talent.

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