Remaining schedule not helpful in Flyers' playoff chase

Michael Heiman

The rest of the Flyers schedule does not do them any favors in their attempt to squeak into the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tyler Dellow published an interesting look yesterday at the impact of scheduling on a team's results. Here are the key points:

  1. The home team has an advantage even when the teams are equally rested, winning about 54.6% of the games.
  2. The home team gets an even bigger advantage because it's much more common for them to have more rest than the visiting team (34% of the time) than the other way around (19.5%).
  3. Rest and home-ice advantage combine in about the way you'd expect:
Home team
winning percentage
Road team off days
0 1 2
Home team
off days
0 .578 .518 .484
1 .583 .543 .528
2 .590 .563 .549

So getting more rest than your opponent is good, and playing at home is good, and the road team usually doesn't get more rest than the home team. With that in mind, let's take a look at the Flyers' remaining schedule, and what it means for the expected winning percentage if the two teams are equal:

Opponent Site PHI rest Opp rest Expected win%
Jets Road 1 1 .457
Islanders Road 2 2 .451
Senators Home 1 1 .543
Sabres Road 1 1 .457
Canadiens Road 1 1 .457
Rangers Home 0 2 .484
Devils Home 1 2 .528
Hurricanes Road 1 1 .457
Bruins Home 2 1 .563
Islanders Home 1 1 .543
Senators Road 1 1 .457

Overall, before you even look at how good the teams are, the Flyers' expected winning percentage is .491.

They never get an opponent playing the second game of a back-to-back. Even though the home team is almost twice as likely to have more rest, they're at a rest disadvantage in two of their home games -- including a brutal one against the Rangers that more than wipes out their home ice advantage.

The Flyers haven't done themselves any favors on the ice through the first 3/4 of the season, and the schedule isn't helping them out as they try to dig themselves out of this hole.

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