Time for some fun with numbers.
Here’s how the conference looks right now.
– Only 7 of the 15 teams have walked out of their arenas as winners more often than they have walked out as a loser of some kind so far this season. Milwaukee is one of them. Houston, Rochester, Texas, Grand Rapids, and Hamilton will all finish this season with more losses than wins. Lake Erie and Rockford need to win out to break even. A few of those teams have legitimate shots at making the playoffs despite that.
– A third of Texas’ wins have come in extra time.
– Just a hair under a third of all Rochester games went into extra time this season, and a hair under 43% of their total points have come from those games. On the other end, the Chicago Wolves are the team least likely to have unfinished business after 60 minutes, only heading to overtime in 14% of their games.
How would the playoff picture look if three points were awarded for a regulation win, two points awarded for an OT or shootout win, and one point awarded for an OT or shootout loss?
A bit of separation there. 137 points is astounding. Instead of eight teams within 6 points of each other jockeying for four playoff spots, you’ve got a smaller group fighting to get in. And then a secondary group fighting for the home-ice advantage in the first round. Plus, teams like Rochester, Houston, and Lake Erie would be a little lower for not being able to seal the deal in regulation. Coffee is for closers.
Which system do you think would be better for hockey (ignoring the fact that one scenario currently would have the Ads holding a playoff spot)? The status quo or three point games? Do you enjoy that almost every team is playing meaningful hockey games in April right now? Would it horrify you if a team like Rochester eeked into the playoffs after being so dependent on OT in the regular season?