Know what a joke the charity point is? Only 5 teams are playing below what most consider .500 hockey (points vs games played). #ILikeToTie— James Gralian (@Tapeleg) January 29, 2014
Ron Wilson is famous (infamous?) for one talking about how the Leafs were close to being a.500 shortly before he got canned. As many said at the time, because of the Bettman loser, .500 isn't really .500. But it stopped there. Anyhow, with Tapeleg's tweet I got the urge to find out just what exactly is ".500 hockey" in the Bettman loser point era.
So what I did was jot down all the point totals in the league since 2006 and then average them out by game and per 82 games:
When you also look at the average point totals for teams who finished 15th and 16th in the league over the seasons, you get nearly the same result:
Virtually identical, though in some years obviously the 15th and 16th place teams were not in the playoffs due to unbalanced conferences.
So what is a .500 team in today's NHL? It's one with 1.12 pts/game, or on a 92 point pace which is exactly the pace the Leafs are currently on this season after 56 games played. The new .500 is .560 in terms of points earned per game.
The 2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs; a .500 team.