Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A thought on the shootout

Does anyone know whether or not the winning goal from the shootout will count towards a player's statistics? Or as a game-winning goal? Logic dictates that it won't, but in the NHL's ever-present desire to increase goal totals, it could forseeably happen.

Speaking of which, with the shootouts, goal scoring in the league is going to go up simply because a shootout goal will be added to the final score of tie games. How's that for finding an easily solution to your mandate?

I still hate these things.

UPDATE For those still stopping by this post, no, shootout goals do not count in statistic totals as game-winning goals. Online stats packages are going to have to start publishing shootout stats, however, as a handful of guys have three or four goals in them already.

Who has been the top shootouter so far? Scrollover to the right to see: Jussi Jokinen, Dallas (3 for 3)


At 8:49 a.m., September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think shoot-out goals count in a player's scoring stats -- at least, that's the way it's working in the OHL this year, and they typically mirror NHL rules.


At 10:23 a.m., September 29, 2005, Blogger Matt said...

The stupid thing is, now the total number of goals scored by the 30 teams is not going to equal the total # of goals scored by its players, which seems, uh, odd.

At 1:22 p.m., September 29, 2005, Anonymous glacies said...

I think the winning goal should count in the player stat, since the game stat will show that goal. Therefore, it should count as a GWG. as well.

At 3:37 a.m., October 01, 2005, Blogger Grampapinhead said...

Shootouts just suck
Another case of the NHL making more bad rules trying to fix other bad rules. Eliminating points for a tie will stop the baskeball mentality of playing for a tie. Award a point for an overtime win, reg time win and nada for a tie. 5 min OT w/4 skaters, then 5 min OT w/3 skaters, then 2 if necessary. This shootout is absolute insanity. I understand there will be separate player stats for the shootouts. stupid, stupid stupid


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