Already in the first round of the 2012 NHL PLAYOFFS it is clear to see why the shoot out is nowhere near as exciting as the sudden death, edge of your seat thrilling action you get with OVERTIME! Sure overtime doesn’t guarantee you excitement. What it does give you is a clear winner. If you got 1/2 a win for losing in over-time in the playoffs it wouldn’t make much sense. Yet the NHL continues to use a stale format that lacks consistency in the standings.
Lets take a look at the teams currently in the playoffs and the teams playing golf.
|New York Rangers||109||7||Vancouver||111||9|
|New York Islanders||79||11||Edmonton||74||10|
Now if we were only considering a WIN (2 Points) and LOSS (0 Points) This is what the standings would look like.
|New York Rangers||102||Vancouver||102|
|Tampa Bay||76||Los Angeles||80|
|New York Islanders||68||Anaheim||68|
What are your thoughts? Obviously if your a Buffalo Fan or a Dallas Fan but if you’re cheering for Los Angeles or Florida you probably like it the way it is. I truly believe it provides a clearer picture and proper structure to the standings to show how truly good a team is. After all hanging on an extra period and being rewarded isn’t the way to decide the playoffs. Especially when most of these points are won and lost in shoot outs. Let the teams go into OT, Double, Triple for I care. That’s what helps make sports special when two teams are battling to get the victory knowing only one team can succeed. That’s what brings out the best in the players and these lazy shootouts aren’t doing anything but giving these players false hope and a chance to say “Oh well I tried”.
Overtime is a good thing. Just make sure the arena has a policy that keeps the beer concessions open.