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The Ottawa Senators nabbed the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last season with 92 points in 82 games. That works out to an average of 1.12 points per contest, which equates to roughly 53 points in a lockout-shortened 48-game season.
In 2010-2011, 93 points was enough to grant the Blueshirts the final playoff spot, which is on pace with the Sens last season. In 2009-2010, 88 points sealed the deal, which is a little off the 1.12 mark set by the Rangers and Sens in previous years. Using this math, we can assume that the mid 50s is a reasonable target to earn a playoff spot again this year.
The Rangers led the way in the Eastern Conference last season with 109 points, which works out to about 63 in a 48-game season. So if the Blueshirts are the contenders we believe them to be, 60+ points should be the goal.
You’ll notice there isn’t much of a gap between the 63-point pace that might win the conference and the 53 points proj...