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08:18 AM ET 02.06 | It's no wonder that at least one Western Conference team is coaching shootouts. Of the first 127 games played this season through Monday, 30 went to overtime and 18 were decided by shootouts. That's roughly in line with the historical average. But what's different is how the vast majority of the "loser" points -- 21 as compared to nine -- were "earned" by teams playing in Western Conference. ... [In] the first 17 days of the season, there were 12 additional points awarded in the Western Conference, which is going to make it even harder for the early bottom feeders to make up ground as the season moves along. After all, there is no interconference play this year -- and the divide between West and East is particularly acute when it comes to shootouts.

The Globe and Mail

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February 6, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Personally, I think the NHL should do what European teams do with the OT/SO wins.

Three points for a regulation win. Two points for an OT/SO win, one point for an OT/SO loss. Nothing for a regulation loss.

February 6, 2013  08:41 AM ET

As a Preds fan, we have had our share of SO's this year already..change the rules if this is a disadvantage to anyone.....at least we found our offense last night against the Blues...and this article is totally useless info....

February 6, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Personally, I think the NHL should do what European teams do with the OT/SO wins.Three points for a regulation win. Two points for an OT/SO win, one point for an OT/SO loss. Nothing for a regulation loss.

no points for a shootout loss
No shootouts period...it's a cheesy gimmick

February 6, 2013  08:52 AM ET

how dies it unfairly favor one conference? The fact that they go to shootouts more often doesn't 'favor' them. This guy should invest in a thesaurus or something, because it's clear what he meant to say, but the way it came is really a reach.

February 6, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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no points for a shootout lossNo shootouts period...it's a cheesy gimmick

agreed. but they won't change it. ever. it gives the impression of parity and it keeps more teams in the hunt for much longer.

February 6, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

agreed. but they won't change it. ever. it gives the impression of parity and it keeps more teams in the hunt for much longer.

sadly, you are correct
And dwarfus thinks this briongs in the casual fan

February 6, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This guy should invest in a thesaurus or something,

ah yes A Thesaurus...the literary dinosaur

February 6, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

ah yes A Thesaurus...the literary dinosaur

they even have free ones online...as far as I see it, there's no excuse. This guy gets paid (probably good money) to write for a living.

February 6, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

no points for a shootout lossNo shootouts period...it's a cheesy gimmick

Personally, I agree 100% with this.

February 6, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

ah yes A Thesaurus...the literary dinosaur

How about the "Alternative Lifestyle" dinosaur......Lickalotapuss.

February 6, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I have absolutely no idea what in the hell this person is talking about. Someone wanna help?

Nope! 'cause nobody else knows either.

February 6, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Personally, I think the NHL should do what European teams do with the OT/SO wins.Three points for a regulation win. Two points for an OT/SO win, one point for an OT/SO loss. Nothing for a regulation loss.

Yeah. Sure! How about we adopt soccer rules for hockey next!

Can somebody tell me, what the hell's wrong with a game ending in a tie?

February 6, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

How about the "Alternative Lifestyle" dinosaur......Lickalotapuss.

Immortality.....

February 6, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

How about the "Alternative Lifestyle" dinosaur......Lickalotapuss.

and the other one of those;
penisauraus

February 6, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yeah. Sure! How about we adopt soccer rules for hockey next! Can somebody tell me, what the hell's wrong with a game ending in a tie?

I can't, but it seems to be a huge USA issue

February 6, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

How about the "Alternative Lifestyle" dinosaur......Lickalotapuss.

Or ... a megasoreass.

February 6, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

no points for a shootout lossNo shootouts period...it's a cheesy gimmick

agree....team game stops and skill competion starts........has nothing to do with how a "team" can play...win as a team....lose as a team....or tie....no shootouts........

February 6, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

no points for a shootout lossNo shootouts period...it's a cheesy gimmick

Testify ! Hockey games should be decided playing hockey. Imagine a boxing match going 12 rounds and a split decision means both fighters drop and see who can do the most sit ups .

 
February 6, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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Or ... a megasoreass.

ah yes, also known as the PM-a-saurus

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