Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/30/06 at 10:04 AM ET
As the playoff races get down to the nitty gritty, there is a sense that the three-point game, or the point for losing in overtime or a shootout, is wreaking havoc on the NHL standings on a nightly basis. Well, as much as it may seem like that some days, the cold, hard numbers suggest otherwise. If you adjust the current NHL standings - that is, going into Wednesday's game - to eliminate all points earned by teams in overtime or shootout losses, the impact of the loser point is really quite minimal.continued
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