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by Paul on 12/03/11 at 12:34 AM ET
from Chris Johnston of the CP a the Globe and Mail,
The NHL saw its 1,000th game decided by a shootout on Wednesday night when the Minnesota Wild came out on top of a six-round tiebreaker against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
It was only fitting the Oilers were involved — they’re tied with the New York Rangers for the most number of shootout games at 80, according to statistics provided by the NHL.
The tiebreaking format was established coming out of the lockout in 2005 and hasn’t entirely caught on. There are still many close to the game who don’t think it’s the best method to determine a winner.
One thing the stats show through 1,000 shootouts is that strategy can pretty much be thrown out the window. Home teams get to choose when they shoot and the majority elect to go first — even though the stats show they’re less successful.
Through Wednesday’s games, home teams had won 474 shootouts (47.4 per cent) while those shooting first had won 490 (49 per cent).
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