How Many Points To Finish 8th In The Western Conference ?

Twitter is always such a fun source of entertainment, data, news & general discussions. Today the topic came to points required to make the playoffs. Numerous discussions came up with a few different ideas, but as always, I like mine the best. My formula is quite simple, the Oilers are in the Western Conference & over the past 3 seasons it has taken between 95-97pts to make the playoffs. Looking at the shortened 48 game schedule from 1995 , it was a bit out of whack with only 26 teams, divisions quite scrambled (12 in the West & 14 in the East) & with no loser points awarded makes it awfully tough to draw any comparisons to this season.

So, with 96pts being the average points required to make the playoffs, I took 96 & divided it by 82 = 1.17pts/game.
So, with a 48 game schedule x 1.17pts/game = 56pts as a minimum requirement (in my estimation) to make the playoffs. There’s a total of 96pts up for grabs for each team so realistically then, the Oilers & any other team for that matter would have to lose no more than 19 games (38pts) in regulation this season, which, however unlikely, leaves the door open to a sub .500 club making the playoffs.
Is this possible in a 48 game schedule?

@headpins believes it’s going to take 46pts I say 56pts. We have a side-bet going to see who is right come the end of April. It’s definitely an interesting discussion.

So now I ask you, how many points do you think it will take to make it in the west, or the east this year & why?
My magic number… 28wins to guarantee a spot.

Please let me know what you think in the comment section.

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