DaytonBlue, on March 10, 2012 - 02:44, said:
it keeps the standings closer and the regular season more meaningful
It makes everyone kinda not necessarily bad but maybe kinda good, such that there's one big blob of just-above-average where some teams make the playoffs and others don't and you can't really say they earned it. Plus, it deludes teams into pseudo-competing when they should be rebuilding and thus finding themselves in virtually interminable holding patterns of 7-to-10thish place purgatory (Flames more than anyone, Stars, Canadiens, Ducks, Maple Leafs, Hurricanes come to mind).
Another idea could be 10 minutes of 3 on 3 before a shootout. With that much space on the ice, shootouts would become more of a rarity.
With six skaters on the ice, you're basically having a shootout with the clock running and moving pylons, like a video game skills competition.
Or how about this idea: 5 on 5 sudden death overtime, no goalies. Yeah I know it's crazy. Again, regular season only.
That sounds like something Gary Bettman proposed in his first week on the job.
If they try to add the shootout to the playoffs, I might stop watching hockey.
no one has ever suggested this!
VancouverFan69, on March 10, 2012 - 02:47, said:
I never had a problem with ties in the NHL. If ties are accepted in soccer, there is no reason why they cannot be accepted in hockey.
Yeah well acting like you've been ritually disemboweled upon incidental contact is accepted in soccer, and there are reasons why that's generally frowned upon in oh wait a minute where
Also, ties make wins more genuine. I remember when a team you rooted for had to settle for a tie against a weaker opponent who tied the game. It felt like a loss. On the other hand, if you were a fan of that weaker team, that tie would feel like a win.
Or you could just have wins and losses that feel like wins and losses because they're wins and losses.
However, if the NHL were to keep the shootout, then do the obvious: 3 points for a win in regulation and a 10-minute ot with 5-on-5 and 0 for a loss. Then, it's 2 points for a shootout win and 1 point for a shootout loss. The standings would look like this: Games Played Wins Losses SO Wins SO Los
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