Vancouver Being Punished By OT Losses

December 23rd, 2009 by Eric LaForge Leave a reply »
One of the things that a lot of fans can't stand about the NHL is the fact that you get a point for an OT loss. I'm one of those fans, and this statistic has been harming the Canucks for the entire season.

I know that the NHL wants to reward teams for putting up a good fight, and I know that OT hockey is a little different from regulation hockey, especially the 4-on-4, but teams are being punished by this rule.

The Vancouver Canucks are the biggest example of this. They have not lost a single game in overtime this season, in fact, they've only been to overtime twice this season. Both of those games were won in a shootout.

The reason that I'm saying the Canucks are being punished is because they have just as many wins as the division leading Colorado Avalanche. Both teams are tied with 21 wins.

The Aves are beating the Canucks by six points from six OT losses.

However, the Aves have also played two more games and have two more losses (regulation and OT) than the Canucks have.

If you didn't get a point for OT losses, Vancouver would be in the division lead because they have a higher win percentage. These OT loss ...

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