Time For All NHL Games To Be Worth 3 Points!!!

A Regulation Time Win Needs To Be Worth 3 Points !!! –

He’s at it AGAIN !!!  It’s round three of my quest for fans to lobby the NHL to make all NHL hockey games worth three points.  For those of you that haven’t read my previous articles about the three point regulation time win, you can catch up here.

Feb.4, 2013:  Is It Time For The 3 Point Win In Regulation Time?

May 16, 2013:  3 Point Win: All NHL Games Worth 3 Points?

I have no problem with overtime because it is actually settled by playing hockey albeit four on four. I am not a fan of the shootout but I will concede that it is a part of the regular season and fans enjoy it. (Can you imagine the World Series of Poker playing  Texas Hold-em with wildcards?)  I would be more willing to accept the shootout if ALL NHL games were worth 3 points not just the OT and SO games.

The NHL already concedes that the regulation win and the overtime win carry more weight in the standings than the shootout win based on it being one of the criteria in their standings tie-breaker.

Three point wins would reward teams for good play within the regulation sixty minutes without having to rely on the gimmickry of the four on four or the shootout.  It will also be an avenue to help make up ground in the standings later in the season during the playoff push.  If a team could rattle off three or four regulation time wins in a row, they might be able to gain some ground in the standings.

Like any new rule change there will always be pros and cons but I believe the pros will more than outweigh the cons.  I can deal with the criticism and reluctance of trying something new but I hate the argument about skewing historical records.        

The historical points records are a joke.  The NHL has had schedules with 50, 74, 78, 80 and 82 games …. AND …. Factor in the NHL has had two seasons shortened by labour disputes and one cancelled completely in less than 50 years.  So, there really hasn’t been very much continuity has there?

I’m not going to harp on the pros and cons of the 3 point game but I will continue to provide NHL Standings based on the 3 point game.

I will start by doing weekly updates every Monday before the Olympic Break and then after the Olympics we will update more often if there is an appetite or interest in these standings.

The standings will now be a  3 – 2 – 1 -0  format  ☛ ☛   Western Conference


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