by Patrick Hoffman on 03/03/11 at 12:30 AM ET
Good friend of the blog Rob Simpson gives puckheads his weekly hockey thoughts over at MSGNetwork.com:
9) I never used to mind the three-point games in the NHL. Meaning, in games decided in regulation time (60 minutes), one team gets two points for the win, the other gets nothing. However, when a game goes to OT or shoot-out, it suddenly becomes a three point game. The winner still gets two points, but the loser earns a consolation point in the standings for making it past regulation. Despite being old school, I kind of liked the fact it keeps more teams in the races for longer. GMs and coaches like it for the same reason: It’s good for job security. But the more I think about it, the more it bugs me. If an OT game is worth three points split between two teams, then a regulation game should also be worth a clear-cut three points to the regulation winner.
10) Despite being 12th among NHL goalies on the wins list so far this season with 25, Henrik Lundqvist leads the League with eight shut-outs. Concerned he’s getting tired? Hank has the seventh-most appearances with 50 (49 starts, 1 in relief). Cam Ward of Carolina leads the League with 56 games played (all starts). Even if he starts every game here on in, Hank will still have a lighter workload than in his last three seasons.
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