I think you're over-simplifying a bit. You're basically counting a SO win as a loss.
NJ does have one more ROW than us, but they also have one more regulation loss. Carolina has the same ROW, but 7 more regulation losses and you say we're even. If we go regulation/OT losses, it puts NJ at 35-34, us at 34-34, Car at 34-42.
You can still make the case that NJ (and Nashville -- 36-35 vs Dallas 36-37) got screwed. As a counterpoint, I'd say the shootout has been around for 9 seasons now. Not like it's sneaking up on anyone. Shouldn't be too hard to get a few guys that can score on a PS when you know you need them. Also, let's not pretend that the SO is the only example of individual skill. There are numerous examples of goals being scored (or denied) on the efforts of an individual. And finally, if the shootout was taken out, how might that change how teams play?
Everyone's playing by the same rules, so no one has cause to whine about it.
Hi. I think the point people (like myself) are trying to make is that there is too much value put into the shootout, and unfairly so, as a magical one point appears especially if you lose. I'm not counting the SO win as a loss, but there shouldn't be 3 points awarded in the shootout. Have you ever tried explaining to a non hockey person (one who is an other sports fan) the NHL point system? I've gotten looks like I'm retarded and don't know what I'm talking about... that magical 3rd points is ridiculous. The ROW is a guide of what happens after 65 minutes of play...
The point system needs to be altered so that Regulation wins mean more then a shootout win. And you can't count regulation losses, that doesn't make sense when you are looking at regulation and overtime wins. Who cares about regulation losses, no league in any sport factors in regulation losses, it's inconsequential, it's about the wins.
I like the Olympic point system (it's not perfect, but magic points don't appear, and there's always 3 points to play for in a game): 3 points for a regulation time win, 2 points for an overtime or shootout win, 1 point for an overtime or shootout defeat, 0 points for a regulation time defeat. It keeps it honest.
It will make regulation play that much more meaningful and balance out the standings more appropriately.
Edited by LAWings, 14 April 2014 - 11:55 PM.