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Board of Governors approve new tiebreaker system

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 9:02 PM ET / News
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Board of Governors approve new tiebreaker system
Shootout wins will no longer be included when determining tiebreakers among teams that finish with the same points total in the standings, with the Board of Governors approving the change.
While 20 of the League's best players were in New York for a preseason promotional tour, the NHL's Board of Governors gathered at a nearby hotel to approve a new tiebreaker system for the standings. Starting with the 2010-11 season, the tiebreaker among teams with the same total of points in the standings will go to the club with the most regulation and overtime wins -- no longer including shootout wins in the decision.

"All of our research indicates overwhelmingly that the fans do like the shootouts," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "There has been an increase [in shootouts] in the last year, after consistent numbers in the four prior years, but one year does not an issue make."

Statistics prove out the Commissioner's point: From the 2005-06 season through 2008-09, games resulting in overtime ranged from 272 to 282 and shootouts ranged from 145 to 164. Last season, total overtime games totaled 301 and there were 184 shootouts.

"We are going to keep an eye on it," Bettman said. "It's why at our recent Research, Development and Orientation Camp [held in Toronto during mid-August] we looked at playing 4-on-4, then 3-and-3 and tried switching ends for the overtime period to force a long-line change [which League numbers show trends to more scoring, probably due to tiring defenders]. We would like to see more games decided in 4-on-4."

Toronto general manager Brian Burke told reporters after the meeting "there is a sense among managers that we never envisioned this many shootouts." This concern led to the recommendation from the GMs for "a reduced role in the tiebreaker system" for shootout wins, which the NHL Players' Association representatives on the League's Competition Committee approved and subsequently the Board of Governors approved.

The tiebreaker system also is used to decide NHL Entry Draft order and any waiver-claim priorities during the season.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
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K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59