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Should NHL change its point structure?


There has been talk about if NHL should change their point structure from 2-1-0 to European 3-2-1-0. This is to encourage teams to finish the game in regular time and not to encourage to take the safe one point before competing for the second one. Current system also adds phantom points in the league, which really makes no sense.

Opposing arguments seem to revolve around tradition and possible gaps in points between teams as teams are awarded more points for wins. Lets see about how things would change in 2018-2019 season if the 3-2-1-0 system is implemented. Then we can compare the results for changes in Liiga, finnish top league, and also make a change for the standings in Liiga for the NHLs 2-1-0 point system.

Explanations for abbreviations:

RW -€” Regulation Wins
OW -€” Overtime Wins
OL -€” Overtime Loss
RL -€” Regulation Loss
P -€” Points
P% -€” Point % of the maximum possible
OT% -€” Percentage of games going to overtime
P/PPW -€” Points divided by points per win
AVG - Average

East

RW

OW

OL

RL

P

P%

P/PPW

West

RW

OW

OL

RL

P

P%

P/PPW

1

Tampa Bay

49

13

4

16

128

0,78

64

Calgary

45

5

7

25

107

0,65

54

2

Boston

38

11

9

24

107

0,65

54

San Jose

38

8

9

27

101

0,62

51

3

Toronto

40

6

8

28

100

0,61

50

Vegas

36

7

7

32

93

0,57

47





1

Washington

39

9

8

26

104

0,63

52

Nashville

38

9

6

29

100

0,61

50

2

NY Islanders

37

11

7

27

103

0,63

52

Winnipeg

38

9

5

30

99

0,60

50

3

Carolina

39

7

7

29

99

0,60

50

St. Louis

36

9

9

28

99

0,60

50





1

Pittsburgh

37

7

12

26

100

0,61

50

Dallas

36

7

7

32

93

0,57

47

2

Columbus

37

10

4

31

98

0,60

49

Colorado

33

5

14

30

90

0,55

45

3

Montreal

37

7

8

30

96

0,59

48

Arizona

30

9

8

35

86

0,52

43

4

Florida

26

10

14

32

86

0,52

43

Minnesota

33

4

9

36

83

0,51

42

5

Philadelphia

28

9

8

37

82

0,50

41

Chicago

24

12

12

34

84

0,51

42

6

NY Rangers

23

9

14

36

78

0,48

39

Anaheim

27

8

10

37

80

0,49

40

7

Buffalo

21

12

10

39

76

0,46

38

Vancouver

22

13

11

36

81

0,49

41

8

Ne w Jersey

24

7

10

41

72

0,44

36

Edmonton

24

11

9

38

79

0,48

40

9

Detroit

20

12

10

40

74

0,45

37

Los Angeles

22

9

9

42

71

0,43

36

10

Ottawa

23

6

6

47

64

0,39

32



East

RW

OW

OL

RL

P

P%

OT%

P/PPW

West

RW

OW

OL

RL

P

P%

OT%

P/PPW

1

Tampa Bay

49

13

4

16

177

0,72

0,207

59

Calgary

45

5

7

25

152

0,62

0,146

51

2

Boston

38

11

9

24

145

0,59

0,244

48

San Jose

38

8

9

27

139

0,57

0,207

46

3

Toronto

40

6

8

28

140

0,57

0,171

47

Vegas

36

7

7

32

129

0,52

0,171

43




0

0

1

Washington

39

9

8

26

143

0,58

0,207

48

Nashville

38

9

6

29

138

0,56

0,183

46

2

NY Islanders

37

11

7

27

140

0,57

0,220

47

Winnipeg

38

9

5

30

137

0,56

0,171

46

3

Pittsburgh

37

7

12

26

137

0,56

0,232

46

St. Louis

36

9

9

28

135

0,55

0,220

45




0

0

1

Carolina

39

7

7

29

138

0,56

0,171

46

Dallas

36

7

7

32

129

0,52

0,171

43

2

Columbus

37

10

4

31

135

0,55

0,171

45

Colorado

33

5

14

30

123

0,50

0,232

41

3

Montreal

37

7

8

30

133

0,54

0,183

44

Arizona

30

9

8

35

116

0,47

0,207

39

4

Florida

26

10

14

32

112

0,46

0,293

37

Chicago

24

12

12

34

108

0,44

0,293

36

5

Philadelphia

28

9

8

37

110

0,45

0,207

37

Minnesota

33

4

9

36

116

0,47

0,159

39

6

NY Rangers

23

9

14

36

101

0,41

0,280

34

vancouver

22

13

11

36

103

0,42

0,293

34

7

Buffalo

21

12

10

39

97

0,39

0,268

32

Anaheim

27

8

10

37

107

0,43

0,220

36

8

Detroit

20

12

10

40

94

0,38

0,268

31

Edmonton

24

11

9

38

103

0,42

0,244

34

9

Ne w Jersey

24

7

10

41

96

0,39

0,207

32

Los Angeles

22

9

9

42

93

0,38

0,220

31

10

Ottawa

23

6

6

47

87

0,35

0,146

29


AVG

32

9,1

9

32

124

0,5

0,22

41

32

8,3

9

33

122

0,5

0,21

41

Liiga

RW

OW

OL

RL

P

P%

OT%

1

Kärpät

41

6

2

11

137

0,761

0,133

2

Tappara

32

3

6

19

108

0,600

0,150

3

Pelicans

30

3

8

19

104

0,578

0,183

4

TPS

29

5

6

20

103

0,572

0,183

5

HPK

25

8

8

19

99

0,550

0,267

6

HIFK

24

8

10

18

98

0,544

0,300

7

Lukko

26

5

8

21

96

0,533

0,217

8

Ilves

23

8

6

23

91

0,506

0,233

9

Saipa

21

10

5

24

88

0,489

0,250

10

JYP

7

12

7

24

52

0,289

0,317

11

Sport

17

11

8

24

81

0,450

0,317

12

Kalpa

18

7

8

27

76

0,422

0,250

13

Kookoo

18

6

7

29

73

0,406

0,217

14

Jukurit

13

8

12

27

67

0,372

0,333

15

Ässät

9

7

6

38

47

0,261

0,217


AVG

22

7,1

7

23

88

0,49

0,24

Liiga

RW

OW

OL

RL

P

P%

1

Kärpät

41

6

2

11

96

0,800

2

Tappara

32

3

6

19

76

0,633

3

Pelicans

30

3

8

19

74

0,617

4

TPS

29

5

6

20

74

0,617

5

HPK

25

8

8

19

74

0,617

6

HIFK

24

8

10

18

74

0,617

7

Lukko

26

5

8

21

70

0,583

8

Ilves

23

8

6

23

68

0,567

9

Saipa

21

10

5

24

67

0,558

10

Sport

17

11

8

24

64

0,533

11

Kalpa

18

7

8

27

58

0,483

12

Kookoo

18

6

7

29

55

0,458

13

Jukurit

13

8

12

27

54

0,450

14

JYP

7

12

7

24

45

0,375

15

Ässät

9

7

6

38

38

0,317

By looking at the standings above, it can be stated that there will be no significant change in standings or the gaps between the teams. I added even the P/PPW number there so it is clearly visible how many regulation wins is is the points equal to and how many wins therefore does it take to close the gap to the team above and to make the playoffs.

Other thing I was curious to check if there is a significant difference between the two leagues due to the incentive to push for the regulation wins. And there is not. Both stats taken from the 2018-2019 season and NHL has average OT% of 22% and Liiga 24%. I had even wished that there would be a visible reduction in the percentages, but there are more variables in this, like the different style of play in the league. Liiga tends to have more conservative in its style.

As a conclusion I wish to say that I think that the 3-2-1-0 would really be liked in the NHL community as it rewards teams for pushing for the regulation win, making the final minutes of the game even more intense. This system would also help poorly performing teams surge in the standings if they are able to turn it around and win games and in regulation. NHL must wish that no teams are really out of the playoff picture before christmas and this system would add a slight burst of hope in the eyes of the teams and their fans who starts the season with a struggle.

Thanks for reading! please share your thoughts, ideas and opinions in the comments.

-AvsFinland

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