I noticed something in the Eastern Conference standings that I didn't like too well, and it affects playoff bubble teams, extremely late in the season, so it's significant.
You see, 7th place Detroit has 35 wins. The problem I have with that is that 8th place Columbus has 38. And what's worse is 10th place Toronto has 36.
See a problem with this?
Since when hasn't winning become paramount in the NHL?
The OT/SO loss facilitates situations like the one explained above, where winning isn't necessarily paramount. Want to make a step in the right direction? Either games end in a tie, with each team awarded a point, or we eliminate the tie; play to win or lose every game, even with the shootout; and the winner gets their 2 points, and the loser is shut out on points.
I'd be screaming if the Wild were caught up in a similar situation to Columbus or Toronto.
It's kind of like t-ball. Everyone plays, everyone gets a trophy. Everyone plays, everyone gets at least 1 point. The organizers of t-ball don't even keep score at that level anymore because we can no longer teach our kids to lose. Hardly the philosophy of the NHL, but this was a move in that direction. No 'real' losers in a 3 point game.
But, since I'm not the NHL commissioner yet, so don't hate the player, hate the game, and I do that. I'll admit, if these are the rules, in a game where the Wild look like shit, I just hope they tie it up, then anything after that is bonus. Lose, okay, just pick up that point on your way to the airport.
Get rid of the 3 point games. Too much money involved. We're talking coaching lively-hood. Coaches are paid to win, and wins should be paramount in determining playoff positioning.