And if, as the Rangers do, you have a disproportionate number of them, they can give a false impression of the team by bloating the record.
Believe me, if I could eliminate them I would. Go back to the old system but give NOTHING for ties. The most basic objective of the game is to win. If you can't achieve the most basic objective of the game, you've earned nothing.
Make ties second tie-breaker (after head-to-head) in playoff determining. When ties are that cheap, coaches will stop playing for ties, and we'll have exciting hockey for the full 60 plus overtime. (Can you imagine the overtime frenzy if both teams were looking at the equivalent of losses if the game ended on a tie?)
Well, the shootout is popular, I just think that it shouldn't be worth as much as a regular win.
3-2-1-0 is what I like. Every game worth the same amount of points, 3. 3 for regulation or OT win. 2 for shootout win. 1 for Shootout loss. 0 for regulation or OT loss. Also, OT goes back to 5 on 5.
This would force teams to try to win in regulation or OT since they will lose a point if they win in shootout.
10-2-1 (13) at the end of October. Currently 30-20-6 (56). That's 43 games.
#1 - 11/06: 5-2 vs TBL
#2 - 11/12: 5-2 at NJD
#3 - 11/24: 4-1 vs PHX
#4 - 12/16: 3-1 at ANA
#5 - 01/05: 4-0 vs PIT
#6 - 01/10: 2-0 at OTT
#7 - 01/13: 2-1 at NYI
#8 - 01/20: 4-2 vs ANA
#9 - 01/27: 3-2 vs CAR
edit: I missed one
#10 - 12/29: 5-4 vs NYI
So it's 10, my bad.
2 vs. NYI
2 vs. ANA
1 vs. any team above them in the standings (NJD)
3 vs. teams currently in playoff position (NJD, ANA x2)
Highest ranked team other than the Devils: Anaheim #14 in the league, 6th in the west.
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I'm still waiting for Sather and Renney to grow a brain, rid this team of Betts, Voros and Prucha, create a roster spot and bring Anisimov up. We have a 20 year old kid that is among the leading scorers in a low scoring AHL league. He plays a complete game and I have to continue watching low talent morons like Voros, Orr and Betts get ice time. It's sickening.
Betts has been our best player recently. The 4th line isn't supposed to score every night. When are people going to realize that???
All good points by Carpiniello. This team is fundamentally flawed in terms of make-up in that it lacks skill, and some fundamentals like someone who can actually play the point on the PP, that are needed for winning.
RE: shootouts, the shootout wins have been masking how flawed this team really is. You take away the shootout and we are one of the worst teams in the league. If you can't win in regulation/OT then you might as well be shooting for the draft lottery.
Sather had better make a move to improve this team before deadline if we are at all serious about going far in the playoffs (and who isn't). If not then we are in the worst position in the world - a fundamentally flawed, middling team that will never get past the 2nd round of the playoffs, and will never get better due to having questionable, bloated contracts on the books that we can't get rid of and having the 20-24th pick every draft.
Check out todays Rangers report by Carp. I especially loved his point about the shootout:
"4) I hate the shootout.
I may have mentioned that before. In the old days, after the OT, this would have been a “good” tie. On the road, against a hot opponent, you get on the plane after a 1-1 tie feeling pretty good. Instead, because of a skills competition, and a shot that caught a piece of Lundqvist and snuck through, it’s a loss. Another loss.
Yea I thought that part was very good. It's basically exactly how I feel. I don't like that the shootout plays such a big part in a team getting points out of a game. It's really not that exciting to be honest, and it has very little to do with the game or the teams.
Sure it's fun to see a breakaway here and there, and sometimes it's fun to see one team actually score more than the other rather than having them tie, but forcing those outcomes takes some of the fun out of it.
Last night was a game where both teams deserved a tie, and the Rangers would have been a little happier with that result. Why did we need a couple breakaways after the game was over to force an extra point to be handed out to either team?