Shutting out the shootout
Eric Duhatschek calls for the end of the shootout and posits a solution to the NHL's unbalanced standings that I can definitely get behind:
Extend four-on-four overtime to 10 minutes (it wouldn’t take much longer to play an extra five minutes of OT compared to running a shootout anyway). If you win, you get two points; if you lose, you get none — and if the game happened to end in a tie anyway after 10 minutes, so be it, one point goes to each team. That way, every game is worth the same number of points (two); the possibility of a tie exists (but it’s remote, in the same way that the possibility of a tie exists in NFL football but rarely actually occurs) and if you lost, you at least lost in a reasonable facsimile of hockey (four-on-four play as opposed to a penalty-shot contest). But the best news of all is we could consign the shootout to the NHL scrapheap, as an idea whose time came and went in an awful hurry.Personally, I never found ties all that horrible, but it was the fact some teams were piling up as many as 20 of them in a season that was really troubling. A 10-minute overtime seems a great way to limit the number of ties, fix the league's standings and get rid of the shootout.
Not that it'll happen anytime soon.
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