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01-02-2005, 02:37 AM
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That's my belief as well. Reward teams who win in regulation. Over the course of the year, teams who tie, or go into overtime will fall behind other teams.

It also eliminates the current problem of overtime games counting as much as regulation wins, when teams often aren't playing defense, not to mention the shootout (yuck).

Just looking at last year, here are the differences:

The same teams all make the playoffs.
There are some major seeding differences. Boston was a prime overtime benefactor, and would have been 3rd in their division, and 5th overall.
Matchups would have been Tam/NYI (same), Tor/Mtl, Phi/NJD (same), and Ott/Bos.

These matchups are much more in line with the way things should be, in my opinion. Ottawa ends up with home ice instead of Boston, as they should because they had more wins, etc.

In the West, matchups would be Det/Nsh (same), SJS/Stl (same), Van/Col (wow!), and Dal/Cgy. Again, I think these are more in line. Cgy finishes ahead of Colorado, because they had 7 more wins in regulation, and 2 more wins total. In fact, Calgary would have won the division, depending on how you did tie breakers, total wins, or regulation wins.

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