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Shooting for the best position in the standings ever?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
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Remember; objects in rear view mirror are further than they appear.

10th place, hoooo~!

Edit (3:55 PM EST): Oh, you know, I had something of a scenario that I thought I would ask people to chew on for a little, after some thought concerning the Blues and the Blue Jackets season series "split" after last night.

Obviously when it comes to winning and losing, this was a split series. Both teams won four games apiece out of a total eight. But in a sport like hockey, where we have a point system depending on who wins, when they win, or when someone loses in a game, it doesn't seem right to just simplify season series like that.

Three of the Blues' four wins came in the shootout against the Jackets. As a result, the Blue Jackets notched an additional 3 points from OT/SO losses, which is then added on to the 8 points they received from their own 4 wins. So the total standing points each team grabbed in the series?

Blue Jackets: 11
Blues: 8

Of course this also goes both ways. The Jackets and the Red Wings are tied at 3 wins apiece right now, but because one of Detroits' losses was in the shootout, they still hold the advantage in the season series.

I understand that for the sake of the average fan, explaining such intricacies of the point system can be a bit of a task. But is it not fair to be more accurate when describing a season series' results, to help fans better understand the system, and possibly also make them realize that a split series is, in reality, not always a split series?

Okay. I'm done.

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  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I'm really proud of how the team's come along, especially after the nasty slump in the winter, but I can't help but wonder where we'd be if Hitchcock had been coach all year.

    We dropped 14 games and two OT losses under Gallant. If we even got half of those back, we'd be at, what, 95 points and possibly threatening Calgary right now?

    Ah, well. There's always next year...

  • At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Alex said…

    Honestly, let's get rid of the "point creep" in the NHL. The added point for going to OT was needed because OT used to be so drab and dull. Now it's the last 5 minutes of the 3rd period in a tie game that's drab and dull, as they're both now zooming for that point.

    Also, with the shootout, the OT point's no longer needed, someone's gonna win.

    I think we need one of two systems, one's more complicated but would keep games much faster.

    System 1:
    3 points for a regulation win
    2 points for an OT win
    1 point for an OT loss
    0 points for a regulation loss

    System 2:
    1 point for a win (regulation or OT)
    0 points for a loss

    The 2nd one, just win the game!

    The First one emphasizes getting the game done in regulation. Should make it more exciting

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