Skip to content

Could ‘Howson Rule’ cost Columbus the playoffs?

Apr 18, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

howsonap AP

It’s been two months since Scott Howson was fired from his post as Blue Jackets GM.

Yet according to the Columbus Dispatch, his legacy could still affect the team in a major way.

The Jackets, 3-2 OT winners last night against Anaheim to move into eighth in the Western Conference with 49 points, have just 16 wins in regulation/overtime this season.

The teams they’re fighting for eighth with — Detroit (47 points) and Dallas (45) — have 18 and 19, and that’s important because ROWs (regulation plus overtime wins) is the official standings tiebreaker.

It’s also Howson’s brainchild.

Here’s more, from the Dispatch:

An NHL rule change adopted three seasons ago after Howson introduced it to the league’s Board of Governors could end up costing the Blue Jackets a spot in the postseason.

The “Howson Rule” altered the postseason tiebreaking process, making a team’s number of regulation and overtime victories the first tiebreaker.

In other words, shootout victories would be removed from the total.

Adding to the issue is that Columbus has just four games remaining in the regular season, while Detroit has five and Dallas has six.

Trying to catch either team for ROWs will be extremely difficult — so, the Jackets know they have to beat the Wings and Stars on points.

“Obviously, nobody knew we were going to be in this spot a few years ago,” winger Jared Boll told the Dispatch. “We have to be a point better than everybody else.

“That’s just the way it goes.”

  1. thehighcountrybear - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Can you spell irony…?

  2. puckhogg - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    thanks Niles, still screwing up the franchise

  3. rodeoclowndc - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I can understand the intent behind the rule: You want to reward the teams who can get the job done in 60 minutes, or at least 65. With as much clamoring as there seems to be on here about eliminating shootouts, it makes even more sense.

    Howson’s still a tool though. No rule change will ever help that.

    • reasonableperson1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Howson had to go, no doubt about that. Still, I’ll give him a little credit for assembling some of these players who are making the playoff run. All works out well for CBJ, Howson’s legacy isn’t completely negative and now they have Davidson and Jarko who will build upon the foundation set and hopefully bring better and brighter days for Columbus.

  4. axisofweasels - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    howson screws over the cbjs one last time

  5. mclovinhockey - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    I doubt it will come to that, but if it does, the jackets will have 3 number ones this year in a very deep draft and should be a force next year… By force I mean compared to their team every other year haha

  6. 2qswing - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    you can make the case they have 4 first round picks coming in. Last years #2 overall Ryan Murray has been inactive all year but will be ready for training camp. Solid goaltending better than average D getting better with Murray ( this and the development of Dalton Prout is the reason John Moore was tradeable in the Gaborik deal), three 2013 #1’s AND Boone Jenner ready to compete.
    Hey Jarmo … offense, offense, offense, fix the PP and we’re good to go.

  7. reasonableperson1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Could the rule cost the Jackets, sure, but it is still correct in my opinion. A shootout win should be valued slightly less than a regulation or OT win because it is more of a gimmick than actual hockey. The win should still count for something, but the league has to draw the line in the sand somewhere on these tiebreakers.

    I really wish the league would change the league scoring format to 3 points for regulation/OT win, 2 points for SO win, 1 point for shootout loss, and 0 for regulation/OT loss.

    Never seems fair if one team stomps another 8-0 and a division rival squeaks out a 2-1 shootout win, both wins should be of equal value. I know it would screw up the historic point total comparisons, but then again hasn’t the shootout already accomplished that?

    • tmoore4075 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      I never used to be for 3 point system cause I didn’t think it was necessary but as we’ve seen somewhat fake parity because of the all the 3 point games I’m more for it now. However the NHL won’t do it. They like that it’s close in the standings to create a race the last few weeks.

  8. letsgopens8771 - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Oh, wow. See, he’s screwing the Jackets over and he’s not even part of the franchise anymore. The unfriendly ghost that will always haunt Columbus. Props to the Jackets though, for playing hard and making a really strong effort this year.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1916)
  2. P. Kane (1438)
  3. P. Datsyuk (1346)
  4. M. Richards (1198)
  5. M. Giordano (1179)