I was talking with some people yesterday and came up with this new point system... in lieu of the fact that there was nothing of interest to discuss about the Jackets team other than the same old same old recently... and thought it may be interesting to get some feedback on it.
Here it is:
So it would still be run off of the 2 possible points per game... but here's the change.
Losers never get any points.
If the game is won in regulation, winning team gets +2.
If the game is won in the 5min OT, winning team gets +1.
If the game goes to a shootout, neither team gets any points, but stats count.
What I see this doing is making teams play down to the last minute of regulation to get the +2, no more of this playing on the heels to secure at least +1 BS. If the game goes to OT, the teams would still play their arse's off to get a +1, cause hell, 1/2 ain't bad if the other option is zero. The point of +0 and stats count in the shootout is to make the players dread going to a shootout as this "skills competition showcase" only becomes a moral victory for the fans and a stat buffer for the goal scorers, but detrimental to the goalies stats... force the players to want to win to get points and save their goalies stat sheets.
I think that this would take the current system of play and force the players to actually play hard for 60min (something uncommon to us Jacket fans) and make them hate going to a shootout.
Win in regulation or 10 minute 4 on 4 OT = 2 Pts
Win in shootout = 1 pt
Loss = 0
No more 3 point games and teams don't play for the loser point on the road or vs. other conference. Extra 5 minutes of OT will hopefully decrease the number of shootouts (especially with losing at least a point) but keeps the shootout in for the fans who like it. As for me, I like to watch the shootout but usually don't like the results. If not this, then at least go to a 3 point system. What would be the point of a shootout with no reward? I think you would get the goofiest shots being attempted or no effort at all. Either way, I can't see a goalie making a great effort and risking injury for no team reward (No Points).
I hate the current system. I would be more interested in other games if I were rooting for or against a team rather then just hoping it doesn't get to OT.
I like this but keep the shootout. Shootout wins is tie-breaker after wins.
I agree with this... would make things better I think. Before the SO change, when I was younger, I use to always want to see shootouts (before I knew how much BS they would make the point system into). But anyway...
Go back to the +2 for a win in regulation, +1 for a tie at the end of OT.
At the end of OT, each team leaves with +1, splitting the possible +2. But the game should still go to shootout and add an xtra slot in record keeping to keep track of shootout wins and losses, for tie-breaker purposes. But in the SO, stats do not count and no extra points awarded. So it really is just an enjoyable "showcase" for the fans, but only counts on the back end of the season if there happens to be a tie for playoff placement.
But then of course the point comes into play what if the Jackets and Nashville are tied going into the playoffs... the Jackets SO record is 10-5, but Nashville's SO record is 20-15... do you go off number of SO victories, or the percentage won? If you go off victories, Nashville goes, the won more, but also went to more SO decisions... if you go off percentage, then the Jackets go in this example (winning 67% to Nashville's 57%).
Wow this topic can get in depth... no wonder they don't want to mess with it.
I don't know, to me I've always thought using a shootout to determine a winner and loser would be about the same as the MLB using a home run derby to determine games that go into extra innings. Or NBA using free throws to determine games tied after OT.
IMO the shootout is boring and really nothing like anything during the game. At least during the game breakaways are exciting. I don't know, just my opinion. I pretty much just lose all interest in games once they go past the OT period.