Raking Leafs

Mixing metaphors and casting cliches about hockey and the Maple Leafs for the ether's pleasure since MCMLXVII.


The hat is on track

I just wanted to say I agree with Duhatschek on his scoring scheme laid out in his Friday the 13th article "Wild about Jacques."

His is worded like this:

With so many games being decided in extra time, it creates a scenario where some games are worth two points in the standings and others three. For consistency's sake — and to create an extra incentive to break those ties in regulation — wouldn't it make more sense to award three points for a victory in regulation; two points for an overtime/shootout win; one point for an overtime/shootout loss; and zero points for a regulation loss? As revolutionary a tweak in the scoring as that would be, it would provide consistency from game to game and night to night...

and this is mine:

So, I'm back to 3 pts for a REG win, 2 pts for an OT or SO win. 1 pt for not losing in regulation.

All the traditionalists out there can thank the owner-induced lockout and alternative sports entertainment such as the English Premier League for the idea.

Just imagine the standings, and how teams that win in regulation can leap frog over divisional opponents who need extra time to get the job done. Take a look at the EPL standings to get an idea. Top teams will really be "top" teams, while middling squads will be where they are supposed to be.


  • At 12:45 AM, Blogger reality check said…

    Not in my lifetime! BTW I linked to this piece in my rant/posting on the merits (not) of shootouts.

  • At 12:50 AM, Blogger reality check said…

    Oops I parked this in the wrong spot - it should have parked down the road at the "3pt" post.

    Sundin is seeing to it that the Leafs are there come April - and he's getting the support. Possibly every expert is offbase and all that was wrong with the Leafs last season was Sundin's slow start and late getting going!

    As a Habs fan, I await the reigniting of this rivalry cause it looks like the Sens are in trouble - they barely deserved 2 pts Saturday!


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