If Wins counted more in the NHL….

It is a shame that the NHL has devalued wins so much that teams with less wins than another team  are ahead of teams in the standings based on points. If you change this system to one based more on W’s than points, you don’t get a dramatic difference, but you do get an important difference.

Here is a look at the Current Playoff Picture:

EASTERN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL
1 x – NY Rangers 75 47 21 7 101 43 4 5
2 Boston 75 44 28 3 91 36 8 2
3 Florida 75 36 24 15 87 31 5 10
4 x – Pittsburgh 75 47 22 6 100 38 9 3
5 x – Philadelphia 76 44 24 8 96 40 4 6
6 New Jersey 76 42 28 6 90 31 11 4
7 Ottawa 77 39 28 10 88 34 5 4
8 Washington 76 38 30 8 84 36 2 4
Buffalo 76 37 29 10 84 30 7 6
Winnipeg 76 35 33 8 78 31 4 4
WESTERN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL
1 x – St. Louis 76 47 20 9 103 43 4 8
2 y – Vancouver 76 46 21 9 101 39 7 7
3 San Jose 76 39 27 10 88 31 8 5
4 x – Detroit 76 46 25 5 97 39 7 2
5 Nashville 76 44 24 8 96 40 4 5
6 Chicago 76 42 26 8 92 37 5 4
7 Dallas 76 41 30 5 87 34 7 4
8 Phoenix 77 37 27 13 87 31 6 10
Los Angeles 76 37 27 12 86 31 6 7
Colorado 78 40 32 6 86 31 9 2

 

Now, using the system of a Win=2 pts, and Loss=0 pts, here is what the playoff picture would look  like today, prior to Tuesday’s games.

   EAST          WEST

1.  NYR -94        STL-94

2. BOS-88          VAN-92

3. WSH-76         DAL-82

4. PIT-94           DET-92

5. PHL-88          NSH-88

6. NJ-84             CHI-84

7. OTT-78           SJ-78

8. BUF-74          COL-80

9. FLA -72         PHX-74

10. WP-70         LA-74

As you can see,  there are a few subtle differences, most notably at the third place spot in each conference.  Washington and Dallas each trail teams (FLA and SJ) they have more wins than. The same story at the bottom of the Western conference race. In the current system Colorado sits in 10th place,  despite having 3 more wins than the eighth and ninth place teams in the West.

The system that rewards zero points for a loss puts an emphasis back on getting the win when you head to overtime, whether it be on the road, at home, in the division or out of it. I believe this would lead to fewer shootouts because teams would open up play more in  OT, as opposed to sitting back and playing “not to lose.”  It is my hope when the league realigns, they also (and it has been brought up) consider giving teams more points for a win.

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