I find this a problem in today's NHL, people play for Overtime, and these two teams are the biggest culprits in the west. Don't get me wrong it's a smart strategy to get to the playoffs and one that's obviously a benefit for Vancouver and Minnesota, but to be honest I see this as a problem. The NHL tried implementing the extra point for an OT win to open up the game more in OT so you don't have two teams sending one vs five because everyone is afraid of losing that point. I get the reasoning and it's solid.
But now you have teams that get to a certain point in the game (about 1/2 way through) and they trap and clutch-and-grab and trap their way through the rest of the game trying to get to overtime. This becomes even worse if those teams have a one goal lead. Minnesota is the absolute worst at this. They play the most boring hockey ever, and their regular time games can be described as yawn inducing. While this is good for the franchise, it's awful for the NHL. the NHL needs to do something to reward teams for going for it.
Personally I don't like the thought of teams getting a point for losing. This isn't a mite league where there's an A for effort, you win or go home. Personally I would like to see them use the standard soccer scoring system of 3 points for a win and 1 for a tie, but that's never going to happen mainly because the shootout has been a success and the NHL wouldn't drop it. so here's my second best idea...
- 3 points for a regulation win
- 2 points for an OT win
- 1 point for a shootout win
- 0 points for any kind of loss.
This also puts the best teams in the playoffs. Last year Dallas won a bunch of shootouts and that basically put them as a 2-seed. Colorado, the 7-seed, dominated them in the playoffs because Colorado was a better team they just didn't have the shootout capacity Dallas did. The NHL lost out because both these teams should have been playing someone else.