Talk:1999 Stanley Cup playoffs

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Teams with losing records making the playoffs[edit]

Just pointing out that any team that wins less than half their regular season games in any fashion has a losing record. In 2014 alone, Detroit won 39 games and Dallas won 40. Both teams made the playoffs. I have no idea when this page was last edited by someone other than me, but just wanted to get that out there. Jewel15 (talk) 22:25, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

You are correct, however the league doesn't consider Detroit and Dallas to have a losing record in those seasons and adding it to an article would be treated as WP:OR. Deadman137 (talk) 22:30, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

I don't understand. To have a losing record means you lose more games than you win, and vice versa when you win more games than you lose. How does deleting what I think is misinformation involve original research? I also would like to know where you found out that the NHL considers a record such as 39-33-10 a winning record. Please enlighten me, I actually want to know. Jewel15 (talk) 02:13, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

The league uses point percentage to determine whether or not a team had a losing record. I know that it's stupid but a team could go 0-0-82 and still be considered a .500 team, while that is an extreme example they only look at the difference between total wins and regulation losses. So 39-33-10 is considered six games above .500 for a winning percentage of .537. Deadman137 (talk) 02:25, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

Apology to Deadman[edit]

Hey Deadman, sorry if I sounded like I was attacking you. When I looked at the 1998-99 NHL standings more closely, San Jose and Edmonton actually did have more losses than wins. If the NHL considers a 39-33-10 record a "winning record," then so be it. I would just like to verify that with a credible source. I will never agree with 39-33-10 being a winning record, but if the NHL says it is, then it is. Jewel15 (talk) 03:44, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

You have no need to apologize, it's a valid question. Basically they view overtime losses in the regular season as ties. Again it's not straight forward but this is what they do. If we applied it from a total win/loss perspective then the LA Kings won a cup with a losing record. Deadman137 (talk) 03:49, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

Thank you. I learned something new. Jewel15 (talk) 04:23, 8 May 2017 (UTC)