For the Lockout Season

I’m not running the site for the lockout-shortened season because teams will not have many games in hand on each other during the condensed schedule.  I still firmly believe in the arguments presented below.  You can find a site with similar information here.

This site will return (perhaps even this season), and if all goes well it will be better than ever.

2011-2012 NHL Standings Breakdown

The prior post has the regular final standings for 2011-12.  This is the breakdown of every type of win/loss for each team.

  East RW RL OTW OTL SOW SOL Points Opponents’ Points Total 3-Pt Games
1 NY Rangers 39 24 8 2 4 5 109 74 19
2 Pittsburgh 40 25 2 3 9 3 108 73 17
3 Philadelphia 37 26 6 2 4 7 103 80 19
4 Boston 38 29 2 1 9 3 102 77 15
5 New Jersey 32 28 4 2 12 4 102 84 22
6 Florida 31 26 1 7 6 11 94 95 25
7 Ottawa 30 31 5 6 6 4 92 93 21
8 Washington 31 32 7 4 4 4 92 91 19
9 Buffalo 27 32 5 4 7 7 89 98 23
10 Tampa Bay 25 36 10 5 3 3 84 101 21
11 Winnipeg 27 35 6 6 4 4 84 100 20
12 Carolina 29 33 3 10 1 6 82 102 20
13 Toronto 26 37 5 5 4 5 80 103 19
14 NY Islanders 24 37 3 7 7 4 79 106 21
15 Montreal 24 35 2 4 5 12 78 109 23
                     
  West RW RL OTW OTL SOW SOL Points Opponents’ Points Total 3-Pt Games
1 Vancouver 36 22 7 2 8 7 111 77 24
2 St. Louis 42 22 3 1 4 10 109 73 18
3 Nashville 40 26 3 3 5 5 104 76 16
4 Detroit 36 28 3 3 9 3 102 80 18
5 Chicago 34 26 4 4 7 7 101 85 22
6 Phoenix 33 27 3 3 6 10 97 89 22
7 San Jose 31 29 3 5 9 5 96 90 22
8 Los Angeles 31 27 3 6 6 9 95 93 24
9 Calgary 32 29 2 7 3 9 90 95 21
10 Dallas 31 35 4 1 7 4 89 91 16
11 Colorado 25 35 7 4 9 2 88 98 22
12 Minnesota 22 36 2 2 11 9 81 107 24
13 Anaheim 29 36 2 5 3 7 80 101 17
14 Edmonton 25 40 2 3 5 7 74 107 17
15 Columbus 23 46 2 2 4 5 65 112 13

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RW=Regulation Win
RL=Regulation Loss
OTW=Overtime Win
OTL=Overtime Loss
SOW=Shootout Wins
SOL=Shootout Losses

Opponents’ Points=the number of points opponents earned in games against that team (this number is not the same as the number of points the team failed to earn because of three point games).  This number shows how difficult the team was to play from the opponents’ perspective.
Three Point Games=the number of games decided in overtime or shootout (resulting in two points to the winner and one to the loser).

The Standings as They Should Be, April 1 through 7, 2012

Current as of the end of the season. 

[Explanation below]

      Eastern Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW ROW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* NY Rangers 82 51 24 7 109 4 47 8 0.665 0 109.00 ATL
2* Boston 82 49 29 4 102 9 40 2 0.622 3.5 102.00 NE
3* Florida 82 38 26 18 94 6 32 1 0.573 7.5 94.00 SE
4 Pittsburgh 82 51 25 6 108 9 42 2 0.659 0.5 108.00 ATL
5 Philadelphia 82 47 26 9 103 4 43 6 0.628 3 103.00 ATL
6 New Jersey 82 48 28 6 102 12 36 4 0.622 3.5 102.00 ATL
7 Washington 82 42 32 8 92 4 38 7 0.561 8.5 92.00 SE
8 Ottawa 82 41 31 10 92 6 35 5 0.561 8.5 92.00 NE
9 Buffalo 82 39 32 11 89 7 32 5 0.543 10 89.00 NE
10 Tampa Bay 82 38 36 8 84 3 35 10 0.512 12.5 84.00 SE
11 Winnipeg 82 37 35 10 84 4 33 6 0.512 12.5 84.00 SE
12 Carolina 82 33 33 16 82 1 32 3 0.500 13.5 82.00 SE
13 Toronto 82 35 37 10 80 4 31 5 0.488 14.5 80.00 NE
14 NY Islanders 82 34 37 11 79 7 27 3 0.482 15 79.00 ATL
15 Montreal 82 31 35 16 78 5 26 2 0.476 15.5 78.00 NE
                           
      Western Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW ROW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* Vancouver 82 51 22 9 111 8 43 7 0.677 0 111.00 NW
2* St. Louis 82 49 22 11 109 4 45 3 0.665 1 109.00 CTL
3* Phoenix 82 42 27 13 97 6 36 3 0.591 7 97.00 PAC
4 Nashville 82 48 26 8 104 5 43 3 0.634 3.5 104.00 CTL
5 Detroit 82 48 28 6 102 9 39 3 0.622 4.5 102.00 CTL
6 Chicago 82 45 26 11 101 7 38 4 0.616 5 101.00 CTL
7 San Jose 82 43 29 10 96 9 34 3 0.585 7.5 96.00 PAC
8 Los Angeles 82 40 27 15 95 6 34 3 0.579 8 95.00 PAC
9 Calgary 82 37 29 16 90 3 34 2 0.549 10.5 90.00 NW
10 Dallas 82 42 35 5 89 7 35 4 0.543 11 89.00 PAC
11 Colorado 82 41 35 6 88 9 32 7 0.537 11.5 88.00 NW
12 Minnesota 82 35 36 11 81 11 24 2 0.494 15 81.00 NW
13 Anaheim 82 34 36 12 80 3 31 2 0.488 15.5 80.00 PAC
14 Edmonton 82 32 40 10 74 5 27 2 0.451 18.5 74.00 NW
15 Columbus 82 29 46 7 65 4 25 2 0.396 23 65.00 CTL
                           
      League Statistics                
  DIV/CONF GP PTS Pctg. Avg. Pace    
  Atlantic 410 501 0.611 100.20      
  Northeast 410 441 0.538 88.20      
  Southeast 410 436 0.532 87.20      
  Pacific 410 457 0.557 91.40      
  Central 410 481 0.587 96.20      
  Northwest 410 444 0.541 88.80      
                 
  ECF Avg. 1230 1378 0.560 91.87      
  WCF Avg. 1230 1382 0.562 92.13      
                           
  3-pt Game Pctg: 24.39%                  
  True .500: 0.561                  

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*Note that the leaders of each division are given top-three seeds in the conference, per NHL playoff seeding rules.

SW: Shootout Wins; ROW: Regulation and Overtime Wins (i.e. non-shootout wins)**; OTW: Overtime Wins (not including shootout wins); GB: Games Back; Pace: points accumulated at end of season based on current points/game (here is a great site with weighted projections of playoff chances based on the remaining schedule for each team).  For a further glossary of terms, click here.

**Per NHL rules, the first tie-breaker for teams that are tied in points and games played is the number of non-shootout wins (ROW), i.e. wins in regulation and overtime but not the shootout.

Explanation of The NHL Standings As They Should Be

This site is not an “alternative hypothetical standings” based on a dispute with the current NHL system of two points for a win, one for an overtime or shootout loss, and zero for a regulation loss (thus creating the “three-point game” for overtime finishes).  As silly as that system may be, the numbers above are all based on the current NHL standings, with the same value assigned to wins (2 points), regulation losses (0 points), and overtime/shootout losses (1 point).

Even so, the order of teams in the commonly published NHL standings is flawed and misleading.  Every other professional sports league standings are ordered by winning percentage.  It makes more sense to order the NHL standings by points earned divided by points possible rather than simply total points, just as other leagues divide wins by wins possible rather than simply total wins.  This removes the “games in hand” anomaly which gives a false impression of the best record (really, would you rather your team be 4-0-0 or   4-3-1?) and instead orders the teams by the most desirable and successful record.  At the end of the season, the TrueStandings and the standings in the newspaper will be identical.  It is worth noting that the NHL actually uses the percentage method to determine the order of waivers (i.e. the worst team by percentage and not by points gets the first priority in selecting a player off of waivers; see CBA Article 13.19), so even the NHL knows how the standings should be kept, but the published standings order the teams by total points regardless of games played.  In MLB or NBA standings, this would be the equivalent of ordering teams by the number of wins, regardless of losses or winning percentage.

In my view, the NHL “standings” ought to show where the teams “stand” in relation to each other.  No rational person would rather that their favorite team have a 4-3-1 record than a   4-0-0 record.  The team with the 4-0-0 record stands in a superior position to that of the team with the 4-3-1 record.  The standings provided in this website provide a better picture of where the teams stand in relation to each other based on desirability of record.

The “games back” column is just like the one the MLB and NBA standings employ to give you an idea of how far one team trails behind another.  It is based on the teams’ records above or below .500.  If one team is four games above .500 (i.e. four more points than games played, or four more wins than regulation losses), a team that is two games above .500 is one game back of that other team.

In the league stats, “3-pt Game Pctg.” is the percentage of NHL games which go to overtime or a shootout, resulting in a 3-point game.  “True .500” is the average record (by percentage) of NHL teams.  In sports leagues that don’t have a 3-point game, .500 is always average (and thus, being “above .500” in those leagues means “above average”).  To be above average in the NHL, a team’s record must be better than the “True .500” listed here.

The posts are divided into weekly segments so you can scroll down and see where teams stood in prior weeks, but the most recent post is updated every night at the end of all games.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments.

The Standings as They Should Be, March 25 through 31, 2012

Updated after all games on March 31, 2012.

[Explanation below]

      Eastern Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW ROW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* NY Rangers 78 50 21 7 107 4 46 8 0.686 0 112.49 ATL
2* Boston 78 46 28 4 96 8 38 2 0.615 5.5 100.92 NE
3* Florida 78 37 25 16 90 6 31 1 0.577 8.5 94.62 SE
4 Pittsburgh 78 48 24 6 102 9 39 2 0.654 2.5 107.23 ATL
5 Philadelphia 78 45 24 9 99 4 41 6 0.635 4 104.08 ATL
6 New Jersey 79 45 28 6 96 12 33 4 0.608 6 99.65 ATL
7 Ottawa 78 40 28 10 90 6 34 5 0.577 8.5 94.62 NE
8 Washington 79 40 31 8 88 4 36 7 0.557 10 91.34 SE
9 Buffalo 79 38 31 10 86 7 31 4 0.544 11 89.27 NE
10 Winnipeg 79 36 34 9 81 4 32 5 0.513 13.5 84.08 SE
11 Tampa Bay 78 36 35 7 79 3 33 9 0.506 14 83.05 SE
12 Carolina 79 31 32 16 78 0 31 3 0.494 15 80.96 SE
13 NY Islanders 78 33 34 11 77 7 26 3 0.494 15 80.95 ATL
14 Toronto 79 34 36 9 77 4 30 4 0.487 15.5 79.92 NE
15 Montreal 79 29 35 15 73 5 24 2 0.462 17.5 75.77 NE
                           
      Western Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW ROW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* Vancouver 79 49 21 9 107 7 42 7 0.677 0 111.06 NW
2* St. Louis 79 48 21 10 106 4 44 3 0.671 0.5 110.03 CTL
3* Los Angeles 79 39 27 13 91 6 33 3 0.576 8 94.46 PAC
4 Detroit 78 46 27 5 97 7 39 3 0.622 4.5 101.97 CTL
5 Nashville 79 45 26 8 98 4 41 3 0.620 4.5 101.72 CTL
6 Chicago 79 44 26 9 97 6 38 4 0.614 5 100.68 CTL
7 Phoenix 79 39 27 13 91 6 33 3 0.576 8 94.46 PAC
8 San Jose 79 40 29 10 90 8 32 2 0.570 8.5 93.42 PAC
9 Dallas 79 42 32 5 89 7 35 4 0.563 9 92.38 PAC
10 Colorado 80 41 33 6 88 9 32 7 0.550 10 90.20 NW
11 Calgary 80 35 29 16 86 3 32 2 0.538 11 88.15 NW
12 Anaheim 78 33 34 11 77 3 30 1 0.494 14.5 80.95 PAC
13 Minnesota 78 33 35 10 76 9 24 2 0.487 15 79.90 NW
14 Edmonton 78 31 38 9 71 5 26 2 0.455 17.5 74.64 NW
15 Columbus 79 27 45 7 61 4 23 2 0.386 23 63.32 CTL
                           
      League Statistics                
  DIV/CONF GP PTS Pctg. Avg. Pace    
  Atlantic 391 481 0.615 100.87      
  Northeast 393 422 0.537 88.05      
  Southeast 393 416 0.529 86.80      
  Pacific 394 438 0.556 91.16      
  Central 394 459 0.582 95.53      
  Northwest 395 428 0.542 88.85      
                 
  ECF Avg. 1177 1319 0.560 91.89      
  WCF Avg. 1183 1325 0.560 91.84      
                           
  3-pt Game Pctg: 24.07%                  
  True .500: 0.560                  

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The Standings as They Should Be, March 18 through 24, 2012

Current as of the end of action on March 24, 2012.

[Explanation below]

      Eastern Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW ROW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* NY Rangers 75 47 21 7 101 4 43 8 0.673 0 110.43 ATL
2* Boston 74 43 28 3 89 8 35 2 0.601 5.5 98.62 NE
3* Florida 74 36 24 14 86 5 31 1 0.581 7 95.30 SE
4 Pittsburgh 74 46 22 6 98 9 37 2 0.662 1 108.59 ATL
5 Philadelphia 75 44 23 8 96 4 40 6 0.640 2.5 104.96 ATL
6 New Jersey 75 42 27 6 90 11 31 4 0.600 5.5 98.40 ATL
7 Ottawa 76 38 28 10 86 5 33 5 0.566 8 92.79 NE
8 Buffalo 76 37 29 10 84 7 30 4 0.553 9 90.63 NE
9 Washington 75 37 30 8 82 2 35 7 0.547 9.5 89.65 SE
10 Winnipeg 75 35 32 8 78 4 31 4 0.520 11.5 85.28 SE
11 Tampa Bay 74 34 33 7 75 3 31 8 0.507 12.5 83.11 SE
12 Carolina 76 30 31 15 75 0 30 3 0.493 13.5 80.92 SE
13 Toronto 76 33 34 9 75 4 29 4 0.493 13.5 80.92 NE
14 NY Islanders 74 30 33 11 71 6 24 3 0.480 14.5 78.68 ATL
15 Montreal 76 29 34 13 71 5 24 2 0.467 15.5 76.61 NE
                           
      Western Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW ROW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* St. Louis 75 46 20 9 101 4 42 3 0.673 0 110.43 CTL
2* Vancouver 75 45 21 9 99 7 38 6 0.660 1 108.24 NW
3* Dallas 75 41 29 5 87 7 34 4 0.580 7 95.12 PAC
4 Detroit 75 45 25 5 95 7 38 3 0.633 3 103.87 CTL
5 Nashville 75 43 24 8 94 4 39 3 0.627 3.5 102.77 CTL
6 Chicago 75 42 25 8 92 5 37 4 0.613 4.5 100.59 CTL
7 Los Angeles 75 37 26 12 86 6 31 3 0.573 7.5 94.03 PAC
8 San Jose 75 38 27 10 86 8 30 2 0.573 7.5 94.03 PAC
9 Phoenix 76 37 26 13 87 6 31 3 0.572 7.5 93.87 PAC
10 Colorado 77 40 31 6 86 9 31 7 0.558 8.5 91.58 NW
11 Calgary 76 34 27 15 83 3 31 2 0.546 9.5 89.55 NW
12 Anaheim 75 32 32 11 75 3 29 1 0.500 13 82.00 PAC
13 Minnesota 74 31 33 10 72 8 23 1 0.486 14 79.78 NW
14 Edmonton 75 30 36 9 69 5 25 2 0.460 16 75.44 NW
15 Columbus 74 24 43 7 55 4 20 2 0.372 22.5 60.95 CTL
                           
      League Statistics                
  DIV/CONF GP PTS Pctg. Avg. Pace    
  Atlantic 373 456 0.611 100.25      
  Northeast 378 405 0.536 87.86      
  Southeast 374 396 0.529 86.82      
  Pacific 376 421 0.560 91.81      
  Central 374 437 0.584 95.81      
  Northwest 377 409 0.542 88.96      
                 
  ECF Avg. 1125 1257 0.559 91.62      
  WCF Avg. 1127 1267 0.562 92.19      
                           
  3-pt Game Pctg: 24.16%                  
  True .500: 0.560                  

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The Standings as They Should Be, March 11 through 17, 2012

As of the end of action on March 17, 2012.

[Explanation here or below]

      Eastern Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW NSW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* NY Rangers 71 44 20 7 95 3 41 7 0.669 0 109.72 ATL
2* Boston 71 41 27 3 85 8 33 2 0.599 5 98.17 NE
3* Florida 71 35 23 13 83 5 30 1 0.585 6 95.86 SE
4 Pittsburgh 70 44 21 5 93 9 35 2 0.664 0.5 108.94 ATL
5 Philadelphia 71 41 22 8 90 3 38 5 0.634 2.5 103.94 ATL
6 New Jersey 72 41 26 5 87 11 30 4 0.604 4.5 99.08 ATL
7 Ottawa 73 37 26 10 84 5 32 5 0.575 6.5 94.36 NE
8 Washington 71 36 29 6 78 2 34 7 0.549 8.5 90.08 SE
9 Winnipeg 71 34 29 8 76 4 30 3 0.535 9.5 87.77 SE
10 Buffalo 72 33 29 10 76 7 26 4 0.528 10 86.56 NE
11 Tampa Bay 71 32 32 7 71 2 30 8 0.500 12 82.00 SE
12 Toronto 72 32 32 8 72 3 29 4 0.500 12 82.00 NE
13 Carolina 72 28 29 15 71 0 28 3 0.493 12.5 80.86 SE
14 NY Islanders 72 29 32 11 69 6 23 3 0.479 13.5 78.58 ATL
15 Montreal 73 28 32 13 69 5 23 2 0.473 14 77.51 NE
                           
      Western Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW NSW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* St. Louis 73 46 19 8 100 4 42 3 0.685 0 112.33 CTL
2* Vancouver 71 43 20 8 94 7 36 5 0.662 2 108.56 NW
3* San Jose 71 36 25 10 82 7 29 2 0.577 8 94.70 PAC
4 Detroit 72 44 24 4 92 7 37 3 0.639 3.5 104.78 CTL
5 Nashville 71 41 22 8 90 4 37 3 0.634 4 103.94 CTL
6 Chicago 72 39 25 8 86 5 34 3 0.597 6.5 97.94 CTL
7 Dallas 72 39 28 5 83 6 33 4 0.576 8 94.53 PAC
8 Los Angeles 72 35 25 12 82 5 30 3 0.569 8.5 93.39 PAC
9 Phoenix 72 35 26 11 81 5 30 3 0.563 9 92.25 PAC
10 Colorado 74 39 30 5 83 9 30 6 0.561 9 91.97 NW
11 Calgary 72 34 26 12 80 3 31 2 0.556 9.5 91.11 NW
12 Anaheim 72 30 31 11 71 3 27 1 0.493 14 80.86 PAC
13 Minnesota 71 29 32 10 68 7 22 1 0.479 15 78.54 NW
14 Edmonton 71 28 36 7 63 4 24 2 0.444 17.5 72.76 NW
15 Columbus 71 22 42 7 51 3 19 2 0.359 23.5 58.90 CTL
                           
      League Statistics                
  DIV/CONF GP PTS Pctg. Avg. Pace    
  Atlantic 356 434 0.610 99.97      
  Northeast 361 386 0.535 87.68      
  Southeast 356 379 0.532 87.30      
  Pacific 359 399 0.556 91.14      
  Central 359 419 0.584 95.70      
  Northwest 359 388 0.540 88.62      
                 
  ECF Avg. 1073 1199 0.559 91.63      
  WCF Avg. 1077 1206 0.560 91.82      
                           
  3-pt Game Pctg: 23.72%                  
  True .500: 0.559                  

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The Standings as They Should Be, March 4 through 10, 2012

Current as of the end of action on March 10, 2012.

[Explanation here or below]

      Eastern Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW NSW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* NY Rangers 67 42 18 7 91 3 39 6 0.679 0 111.37 ATL
2* Boston 67 40 24 3 83 7 33 2 0.619 4 101.58 NE
3* Florida 67 31 23 13 75 4 27 1 0.560 8 91.79 SE
4 Pittsburgh 67 41 21 5 87 9 32 2 0.649 2 106.48 ATL
5 Philadelphia 67 39 21 7 85 3 36 5 0.634 3 104.03 ATL
6 New Jersey 68 39 24 5 83 10 29 4 0.610 4.5 100.09 ATL
7 Ottawa 70 36 25 9 81 5 31 4 0.579 6.5 94.89 NE
8 Washington 68 34 28 6 74 1 33 7 0.544 9 89.24 SE
9 Winnipeg 69 32 29 8 72 4 28 3 0.522 10.5 85.57 SE
10 Buffalo 69 32 29 8 72 7 25 3 0.522 10.5 85.57 NE
11 Tampa Bay 68 31 30 7 69 2 29 8 0.507 11.5 83.21 SE
12 Toronto 68 30 30 8 68 3 27 4 0.500 12 82.00 NE
13 Carolina 68 26 27 15 67 0 26 3 0.493 12.5 80.79 SE
14 NY Islanders 68 28 31 9 65 5 23 3 0.478 13.5 78.38 ATL
15 Montreal 69 27 32 10 64 4 23 2 0.464 14.5 76.06 NE
                           
      Western Conference              
  CITY GP W L OTL PTS SW NSW OTW Pctg. GB Pace Div
1* St. Louis 69 44 18 7 95 4 40 3 0.688 0 112.90 CTL
2* Vancouver 69 42 19 8 92 7 35 5 0.667 1.5 109.33 NW
3* Dallas 69 38 26 5 81 6 32 4 0.587 7 96.26 PAC
4 Detroit 69 44 22 3 91 7 37 3 0.659 2 108.14 CTL
5 Nashville 68 40 21 7 87 3 37 3 0.640 3.5 104.91 CTL
6 Chicago 69 37 25 7 81 4 33 3 0.587 7 96.26 CTL
7 Phoenix 69 34 25 10 78 5 29 3 0.565 8.5 92.70 PAC
8 San Jose 67 33 25 9 75 6 27 1 0.560 9 91.79 PAC
9 Calgary 68 31 25 12 74 3 28 1 0.544 10 89.24 NW
10 Los Angeles 68 31 25 12 74 4 27 3 0.544 10 89.24 PAC
11 Colorado 70 36 30 4 76 8 28 5 0.543 10 89.03 NW
12 Minnesota 68 29 29 10 68 7 22 1 0.500 13 82.00 NW
13 Anaheim 69 29 30 10 68 3 26 1 0.493 13.5 80.81 PAC
14 Edmonton 68 26 35 7 59 4 22 2 0.434 17.5 71.15 NW
15 Columbus 68 22 39 7 51 3 19 2 0.375 21.5 61.50 CTL
                           
      League Statistics                
  DIV/CONF GP PTS Pctg. Avg. Pace    
  Atlantic 337 411 0.610 100.01      
  Northeast 343 368 0.536 87.98      
  Southeast 340 357 0.525 86.10      
  Pacific 342 376 0.550 90.15      
  Central 343 405 0.590 96.82      
  Northwest 343 369 0.538 88.22      
                 
  ECF Avg. 1020 1136 0.557 91.33      
  WCF Avg. 1028 1150 0.559 91.73      
                           
  3-pt Game Pctg: 23.24%                  
  True .500: 0.558                  

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