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NHL to Revamp Point System?

March 12, 2009 by Big Tony · 6 Comments 

shootout goal 300x204 NHL to Revamp Point System?

The NHL GMs meeting just happened and perhaps the most prominent of them was fighting’s future in the NHL. To be short on this, it’s not going anywhere. Nobody who has any significant weight wants to get rid of it and so it is going to stay, end of discussion. Another topic they discussed that actually might change is somehow giving more weight to regulation wins versus overtime or shootout wins. Most of you probably know this but for those who don’t the current system is two points for a win while the losing team gets zero for a regulation loss, and one point for losing in overtime or a shootout. With that in mind as a base, the following are some of the suggestions for how to change the current format in no particular order:

1. A system that puts three points at stake in every game. Under this system a team gets three points for a regulation win and two points for an overtime or shootout win; while the losing team gets one point for an overtime/shootout loss and zero for a regulation loss.

2. The winning team gets two points for a regulation or overtime win and one point for winning in a shootout while the losing team gets zero points regardless of the stage of the game in which they lose.

3. Make regulation wins the first tie-breaker. The theory behind this is that it leaves the point awards as is but adds some emphasis on the number of games won in regulation versus overtime/shootout. The current first tiebreaker (assuming teams play the same number of games) is wins no matter when they occur.

There may in fact be other ideas but these are the most talked about and probably have the best chance of being implemented. Personally I’m ok with either of the three of these but we are sportsroids.com would like to hear from you. What do you think of the ideas above? Are there any other ideas you have that you want to pose? Do you think a change should be made at all? Let us know!