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NHL emphasizes regulation/OT wins over shootouts in playoff tiebreaker rule change

Aug 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Olli Jokinen.jpgIt’s such an obvious rule change that it is actually kind of stunning it wasn’t already in place already, but ESPN’s EJ Hradek confirms that the NHL will devalue shootouts – at least when it comes to playoff tiebreakers.

NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to break ties in the standings.

If yesterday’s figures give us any indication, the Oilers, Rangers and Devils might be slightly bummed out about this but the Hurricanes and Flames could be elated.

NHL teams need every incentive to decide games before the “glorified skills competition” known as the shootout takes place, so this is a great rule change. It most likely won’t make that much of an impact on the charity point problem, but perhaps the league will slowly move away from the shootout going forward. If not, it’s that much better.

  1. Hoog - Aug 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    I hate the shootout, but I understand why they’d want a quick ending to the OT. I’d rather they go 4v4, then 3v3 than see a shootout, but then again, having less players than usually gives the advantage to the more skilled players, rather than the better team. At least they don’t do it in the playoffs.

  2. tom fanuzzi - Aug 21, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    A team should not get any points for a loss, and if a team wins in a shootout they should only get 1 point.

  3. David - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Easy enough to eliminate shootouts, 4 on 4 for 10 min ( win= 2pts) 3 on 3 golden goal (win= 1pt)
    You could make the 4 on 4 time any length you want, but in the end some team wins and no points given to teams who just hold on.
    *I also posit this as a Wild fan

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