Making things interesting

The other day while driving home, there was an excellent discussion on the radio about how to overhaul the win-loss point system in the NHL.  The argument was that with the current system, if the winning team isn’t truly recognized for, well…. winning.  A good case in point is that when a game is tied after regulation, there really is no motivation to go all out in OT for one extra lousy point since both sides, win or lose, will get a point.  Sure it may matter in the long run or when it’s during the playoff race at the end of the season, but other than that, it’s one lousy point.

So proposal was to reward the winning team, based on it’s proficiency of knocking the other team out.  In that case, the proposed scoring system would go something like this:

  • A regulation win awards the team 4 points
  • An overtime win awards the team 3 points
  • A shootout win awards the team 2 points
  • Both teams will be awarded at least 1 point after regulation

Now think about this.  If you’re truly good enough to take out a team in regulation, why not get rewarded for your success and effort?  Why should a team who can’t close out a game in 60 minutes be rewarded the same for a team that can?  Also, the scenarios during the playoff race would be interesting.

Take, for example, two teams playing near the end of the season.  The teams are separated by 2 points.  If the game is tied with a few minutes left in regulation, what would the team that is lower in the standings do?  Would they pull their goalie to go for the all-out win?  If they win, they’ll vault right over the other.  No longer will they be satisfied to bringing it to OT and settle for making up 1 point in the standings.  Plus, even if it did go to OT, would the coach not push the team harder to get the OT win to make the jump and be tied in the standings?  Or even look at it from the other side of the coin, if the team ahead in the standings get the regulation or OT win, they’ll jump ahead in the standings significantly.  In my mind, it makes the game more competitive as teams are truly rewarded for their efforts.

Would you be happy if you, who worked your butt of to get a project done ahead of schedule, get the same raise as your co-worker, who took their time and barely got it done on time?   Reward the effort, not the end result.


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