I actually prefer a 3-1-0 system.
3 pts for a win.
1 pt for a tie.
0 pts for a loss.
Making it to overtime doesn't net you anything. Overtime is merely a short continuation of the game. It isnt like making it to overtime gets both teams to the next round, right? This FORCES teams to decide if they will play for 1/3 of a victory or the whole thing knowing that ties will not get you into the playoffs. They might help you keep pace if you're already winning, but you can't make a successful strategy of them. Maybe I'm overlooking something, but for me this is problem solved. OT will be fairly exciting most of the time, ties ould be cut down, shootouts would go to the dustbin, and so on. What am I missing?
As a side note, the system could be augmented with 4 on 4, longer/shorter OT, etc. Whatever is done, I think this point structure incentivizes winning enough to allow the league to have ties that would be fun to watch.
In comparison to CR76's system I think this provides more incentive to win. I rarely ever disagree with you CR76, but I have to admit that I think the system you've got would only slightly mitigate the old problems. For me, there is no reason each game has to be weighted the exact same as point value. In fact, I'm almost sure some soccer leagues do just what I am proposing, so I don't think idea is original. If it is and the NHL adopts my proposal then Mr. Bettman can kindly send my checks to..... yea, right, who am I kidding. I'd probably get a coupon for $.25 off soda or some such thing. Anyway, that's my $.02 folks.
3 points for a regulation win
2 points for an OT or SO win
1 point for an OT or SO loss
0 points for a regulation loss
This is a perfect system, because EVERY game is weighted the same, with each having the same number of points up for grabs (3). The fact that there are currently 2-point and 3-point games shows that the system is simply flawed. If anything, the good thing about the 3-2-1-0 system is that teams that really need 3-point wins to have any shot of getting to the playoffs will really be in "go-for-it" mode. The regulation win needs to mean more than an OT or SO win, and the winning team needs more of a reward for earning one than they currently receive. When it comes to OT and SO games, if you want to div-ee up 3 points with the winner getting two and the loser getting a charity point, fine. But it's like I said, as long as regular season games aren't technically weighted the same, that's a problem.
Edited by AEWHistory, 22 February 2013 - 03:09 AM.