Vulgar Statistics: Strength Of Schedule
I figured, since the season is young, that it would be worth taking a look at teams in the Eastern Conference and their schedules. Over the course of the season, the sterngth of schedule generally evens out, but when it’s early we can get a little bit of a feel for who’s a contender and who’s a pretender.
The good news is that they hype over Boston’s eight game winning streak is a little overblown as the streak has come against Ottawa, Toronto, NYI, Edmonton, Buffalo, New Jersey, Columbus, and NYI respectively. The bad news is that the Sabres have also feasted on the weaker teams in the conference. Overall I was a little disappointed with this study since good teams for the most part wound up with weak schedules (because they’re winning games) and vice versa. In fact the only team that caught my eye is Toronto who has played some pretty good teams so far, and still continues to string up wins.