An Argument for a 3-2-1-0 Point System for NHL Regular Season Games

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The National Hockey League currently employs a point system where teams receive two points for a win, one point for an overtime loss, and no points for a regulation loss.

 

Some will argue that this system works well and does not need to be amended.  Others (including ESPN contributor Pierre Lebrun, who provides his thoughts in the article linked below) believe that the NHL should move to a system where teams would receive three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime win, one point for an overtime loss and no points for a regulation loss.  There are a few reasons for this.  For one, the current system provides so much artificial parity that the best teams are not able to show their talent in the standings.  As of December 6th, 15 teams (half of the NHL) are separated by only a handful of points nearly 30 games into the season.  Clearly there is a difference in skill amongst these 15 teams, but the standings do not reflect this.  Additionally, this new system would provide motivation for teams to want to win games in regulation.  Currently, teams receive the same number of points for a regulation win as they do for an overtime/shootout win.  Because of this, teams do not have any motivation to break a tie in regulation when they can do it in overtime for the same number of points.  This is why we see so many games going into extra time.  The proposed system would address this.

 

http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/18172775/nhl-league-reconsidered-awarding-three-points-regulation-victory

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