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Jarome Iginla wants to see the NHL’s ‘loser point’ go away

Nov 11, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

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Jarome Iginla is a man with simple needs. He likes his team to win games and earn two points. He also wants it so that if his team loses in overtime or a shootout that they don’t get any points as well.

Yes, Iginla wants to see the point teams “earn” by losing in the extra session to go away. His reasoning? Simple: He wants games to actually mean more to the teams as he tells Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.

“It would be a little more stressful when you’re in a shootout but be more fun. You’d have more riding on each game,” Iginla said. “I’m sure I’m in a minority in that, but it would be exciting.

“Why I like sports so much is because it’s unpredictable and so much is riding on it. It would add more.”

The NHL loves the loser point because it tightens up playoff races and makes the end of the season potentially more exciting. Of course, the issue there is that games ending in regulation are worth two points while overtime/shootout affairs are ultimately worth three.

Where Iginla is right, however, is that it would make games more exciting and more cutthroat ultimately. It also might mean that teams take bigger risks in overtime so as to not lose out on two points in the soul-sucking skills competition that is the shootout. If only we could get Iginla to storm the NHL offices and make this magical dream of normalcy returning happen.

Of course, the NHL could just make regulation wins worth three points and help balance things out that way too. Having your cake and eating it too isn’t so bad either.

  1. cshearing - Nov 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    One of the two has to happen. Having some games worth 2 points and others 3 is madness. Since we know the shoot-out is not going anywhere, I am more in favour of 3 points for a regulation win. A team not getting any points because it lost a skills competition does not it right with me.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      I’d rather go back to ties than have a shootout determine a 2-point standing swing.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Iggy! You are the man. I totally agree. It’s a long season so the NHL needs to do everything to make every game in the 82 game schedule mean as much as possible.

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    The NHL either needs to go back to the old format of either awarding 2 points for regulation win or 1 point each for a tie.

    Other option is to award 3 points for a win in regulation. 2 points for overtime/shootout win and 1 point going to the loser.

    Every game needs to be worth the same amount of points. Right now, it makes teams who get out to slow start virtually no chance to ever catch up.

  4. dasboat - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    As I recall, there was lot of opposition to the idea of the 5-minute overtime when that issue was first on the table. Teams said “Hey, if I’m on the road and work hard for a tie over 60 minutes, I’ll just take that point.” So to get overtime passed, the deal was that each team would get a point. I would think a lot of teams – especially the weaker ones – would have a problem giving up that point.

    • umrguy42 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      I thought it was (back say in the early to mid 90s or so), 2 points for a win in regulation or OT, and if there’s a tie AFTER OT, both teams get 1 point each. Then they decided to ‘spice’ it up by saying a loss in OT also got your team a point, which led to too many teams playing to maintain the tie, so then they said “no more ties after OT, we go to the shootout”.

      Seems to me, if you keep the shootout so that there are no more ties, and ditch the “loser point” (nice name), you don’t need “points” at all – you can go on record alone.

  5. pastabelly - Nov 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    I would rather they give 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime or shootout win, and 1 point for an overtime or shootout loss. Nothing won in overtime or shootouts should be worth as much as winning a game in 60 minutes and this whole business about playing for ties and getting conservative the last couple of minutes of a game is stupid.

  6. trbowman - Nov 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    The current set-up is perfect.

  7. rainyday56 - Nov 11, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    League should get in line with the other majors and post winning percentages instead of points. 1.000 percentage point for a win, .667 for OT win and .333 for an OT loss. Could you imagine hockey bloggers getting brain cramps trying to figure the implications of future results based on this type of scoring?

    Of course this would require another bean counter at NHLHO with a ipad to calculate. I’m surprised CEO and chief bean counter Bettman hasn’t thought of it sooner.

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