Three is a Magic Number

Good for the NHL for changing up the overtime rules. Next season, OT will consist of five minutes of 3-on-3 hockey instead of 4-on-4. This should, and the key word is should, reduce the number of shootouts each season. It’s a good start, but if the NHL really wants to do away with shootouts (and I agree they should) they should think about making each regular season win count as three points instead of two.

The current point system in the NHL makes no sense. If you get a win, no matter when, you get two points. If you get to overtime and lose, no matter when, you get one point. So, some games see two points awarded and some see three points awarded. It’s and awkward way to handle games. International hockey figured this out a long time ago. Award three points in every game. If a team wins a game outright, they get all three. If it goes to overtime, the winning team gets two and the losing team gets one.

That makes sense and it also incentivizes teams to play for outright wins in regulation time. Currently, teams play a bit of a shutdown game when they are tied in the final minutes. They are content to get to OT and see what happens, rather than keep pushing for an outright win. Adding an extra point to the mix should change that dynamic. Teams, especially teams trying to make the playoffs, will grind it out until the final of regulation.

That would be great for fans and great for the NHL. Let’s hope they make that change soon.

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  • blmeanie  On June 27, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Change shootouts to play alternating 2:00 power plays until a team has an advantage.

    Visiting team 2:00 power play to score as many goals as possible.

    Then home team turn, shorty’s count too.

    So visitors score 2 goals in their power play turn.

    Home team scores two also but visitors scored a shorty too. Visitors win.

    If tied after round, repeat.

    Use 3 point scoring as you suggest too.

  • blmeanie  On June 29, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve been waiting for your follow up to my suggestion, the more I read my idea I think it is brilliant.

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Sorry. I think it is a good idea, but why not just use it as a replacement for overtime? It would be more exciting and also eliminate the shootout.

  • blmeanie  On June 30, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I think that is what I meant, got caught up in the shootout hatred.

  • blmeanie  On July 1, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    it’s Bobby Bo Day in NYC!

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      It’s funny to me how much crap the Mets get for that move. It actually made a lot of sense at the time. If you look at the deal, the Mets basically have Bonilla an 8% return on his money in exchange for not having to pay it for 12 years. At the time, the US 30-year treasury was about 6.5%, so they were only giving him 1.5% above that. In hindsight, with interest rates down where they are now, that looks like a bad bet. But at the time, it really wasn’t.

  • blmeanie  On July 1, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    It gave them money to invest with Bernie M.

  • Greg  On July 7, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Too clever by half

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