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Scrap the Gimmick & Loser Points, Set Playoffs by ROW


7-17. That's what (as of this moment) is keeping the Caps from their 5th consecutive Southeast Division title. 17 loser points by Florida has them 3 points ahead of the Caps, while having won 5 fewer games in regulation and overtime (ROW). So... Blame the shootout, right? Yes. (and no...)

How about, blame the conference standings standings. The way I see it, there are three issues that will need to be resolved, to allow us to get to a "fairer" (in my eyes, obviously) playoff seeding system, and yet still be acceptable to the league.

  1. Shootouts are popular, they need to still have value
  2. Shootouts should not have as much of a say in who goes to the playoffs, and what seed they are.
  3. The 3-point system for games is the least offensive to the league and needs to stay.

Fine. Here's the new plan that solves all three.

  1. Seed all teams by ROW
  2. Continue to keep track of the total points a team gets (including the shootout points and loser points)
  3. Use total points as a tie-breaker for playoff seeding

Thus, the Conferences will look like this:

Eastern DIV GP W L OT P ROW
1 x - NY Rangers ATL 78 50 21 7 107 46
2 x - Boston NE 78 46 28 4 96 38
3 x - Washington SE 79 40 31 8 88 36
4 x - Philadelphia ATL 79 46 24 9 101 42
5 x - Pittsburgh ATL 79 48 25 6 102 39
6 x - Ottawa NE 79 41 28 10 92 35
7 New Jersey ATL 79 45 28 6 96 33
8 Tampa Bay SE 78 36 35 7 79 33
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Winnipeg SE 79 36 34 9 81 32
10 Florida SE 79 37 25 17 91 31
11 Buffalo NE 79 38 31 10 86 31
12 Carolina SE 79 31 32 16 78 31
13 Toronto NE 79 34 36 9 77 30
14 NY Islanders ATL 79 33 35 11 77 26
15 Montréal NE 79 29 35 15 73 24

And out West...

Western DIV GP W L OT P ROW
1 y - St Louis CEN 79 48 21 10 106 44
2 y - Vancouver NW 79 49 21 9 107 42
3 Dallas PAC 79 42 32 5 89 35
4 x - Nashville CEN 79 45 26 8 98 41
5 x - Detroit CEN 79 47 27 5 99 39
6 x - Chicago CEN 79 44 26 9 97 38
7 Los Angeles PAC 79 39 27 13 91 33
8 Phoenix PAC 79 39 27 13 91 33
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 San Jose PAC 79 40 29 10 90 32
10 Colorado NW 80 41 33 6 88 32
11 Calgary NW 80 35 29 16 86 32
12 Anaheim PAC 78 33 34 11 77 30
13 Edmonton NW 78 31 38 9 71 26
14 Minnesota NW 78 33 35 10 76 24
15 Columbus CEN 79 27 45 7 61 23

Notes:

  • The two losers in the East are clearly Florida and New Jersey. Florida doesn't get the value of it's 17 OT/SO loses and New Jersey doesn't get the value of it's 12 (TWELVE!) shootout wins.
  • Winners in the East are Caps and Tampa Bay (who, in the current system, get no respect for 33 ROWs)
  • Out West, Dallas is a big winner (benefiting from 35 ROWs), but everyone else settles in to pretty much the same spot (minus a few positions shuffled here and there).
  • The x and y for division and playoffs clinched may be wrong, I didn't look too hard into that part.

I personally think these seedings look much closer to what the sniff test tells me is the correct seeding of the best teams. And the best part about this system, teams would have a HUGE disincentive to settle for the tie in regulation and would have a monster incentive to GO FOR THE WIN!

Isn't that what we want the system to encourage... going for the win. 4 on 4 in OT was a good step in the right direction, I think ROW as the standing decider would be an even bigger push towards exciting hockey.

Thoughts?

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