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THN.com Blog: The irritating loser point

The Phoenix Coyotes would have the most to gain if the NHL used a straight win-loss points system.

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The Phoenix Coyotes would have the most to gain if the NHL used a straight win-loss points system.

Back in early December, I wrote a blog entry on how I detest the “loser point” to the core of my being and provided how the standings would look if the NHL used a straight “two points for a win, none for a loss” system.

To save you having to click, the conclusion was, using either system, little changed in the standings.

A few readers, however, suggested comparing the systems so early in the season didn’t provide enough time for discrepancies to occur.

So with that in mind, here are the standings - not including Wednesday’s games – without the loser point. Division leaders are ranked 1-2-3.

CURRENT NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN
WESTERN
 
W
L
OTL
Pts
 
W
L
OTL
Pts
1 Ottawa
30
15
4
64
1 Detroit
36
10
4
76
2 New Jersey
28
17
3
59
2 Dallas
28
19
5
61
3 Carolina
24
24
4
52
3 Calgary
25
17
8
58
4 Pittsburgh
27
17
4
58
4 Anaheim
27
18
6
60
5 Montreal
25
15
8
58
5 San Jose
26
15
7
59
6 Philadelphia
26
16
5
57
6 Minnesota
27
19
3
57
7 Islanders
24
19
6
54
7 Colorado
26
19
4
56
8 Boston
24
19
5
53
8 Vancouver
25
19
5
55
9 Rangers
23
21
6
52
9 Nashville
25
20
4
54
10 Washington
22
21
5
49
10 Columbus
24
20
6
54
11 Atlanta
23
25
3
49
11 Phoenix
25
21
2
52
12 Florida
22
24
4
48
12 St. Louis
22
18
6
50
13 Buffalo
20
21
6
46
13 Chicago
23
22
4
50
14 Toronto
19
22
8
46
14 Edmonton
22
24
5
49
15 Tampa Bay
20
24
5
45
15 Los Angeles
19
29
2
40

NHL STANDINGS W/O OTL
EASTERN
WESTERN
 
W
L
Pts.
 
W
L
Pts.
1 Ottawa
30
19
60
1 Detroit
36
14
72
2 New Jersey
28
20
56
2 Dallas
28
24
56
3 Carolina
24
28
48
3 Minnesota
27
22
54
4 Pittsburgh
27
21
54
4 Anaheim
27
24
54
5 Philadelphia
26
21
52
5 San Jose
26
22
52
6 Montreal
25
23
50
6 Colorado
26
23
52
7 Boston
24
24
48
7 Phoenix
25
23
50
8 Islanders
24
25
48
8 Nashville
25
24
50
9 Rangers
23
27
46
9 Vancouver
25
24
50
10 Atlanta
23
28
46
10 Calgary
25
25
50
11 Washington
22
26
44
11 Columbus
24
26
48
12 Florida
22
28
44
12 Chicago
23
26
46
13 Buffalo
20
27
40
13 St. Louis
22
24
44
14 Tampa Bay
20
29
40
14 Edmonton
22
29
44
15 Toronto
19
30
38
15 Los Angeles
19
31
38

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As you can see, little changes.

In the East, the division leaders stay the same and no team moves up or down more than one spot.

In the West, Minnesota overtakes Calgary (who would drop to 10th) in the Northwest to take the No. 3 spot and Phoenix goes from 11th to seventh. Other than that, no team moves two spots higher or lower.

But math aside, the aspect of the “loser point” that irritates me the most – though needing a quantum physics degree to figure out the standings is perturbing in and of itself - is the very fact we need to reward losers in the first place.

This is a philosophy that, in theory, coddles teams and their fans by providing them with falsified above-.500 records and a supposed “it’s OK that we lost, we still got a point” attitudes.

In the same breath, teams can easily achieve extended winning streaks with overtime wins included, but losing streaks are a thing of the past, replaced by winless stretches (a.k.a. “We haven’t won a game in three weeks, but we do have points in seven of our last 12”).

It’s insulting, really.

Whether in regulation, OT or the shootout, a win is a win and a loss is a loss.

Anything else is just pseudo-P.C. pandering.

Edward Fraser is the editor of thehockeynews.com. His blog appears Thursdays.

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