Abort, Abort. Abort! Reforming ROW vs. Made.

Now that the Leafs are winners of 6 straight, well...I guess technically speaking winners of 4 regulation wins in 6 games, I think it's time for a little discussion on this issue.

It's time the NHL reforms ROW. More specifically, how extended play determines standings.

First, it's time to eliminate with the generally useless 4 on 4 OT, or dump the shootout. Either works for me.

I'm not a fan of how the Leafs have played in many games this season, and on the outside at least, it appears there were times where they've been coasting into shootout.

The Leafs, though, aren't a specific case. There have been more shootouts this season than in previous ones. Which means, the NHL is taking something a bit back from the game.

So let's look at the results so far this season:

Team Shootout Wins and Losses: 2013-14 NHL Season

Shootout Wins and Losses details the total number of shootouts a team has been in during the season as well as shootouts won, lost and the percentage of shootouts won.

Team Shootouts SO Wins SO Losses SO Win %
1 Toronto Maple Leafs 13 9 4 0.692
2 Washington Capitals 14 8 6 0.571
3 San Jose Sharks 13 8 5 0.615
4 Los Angeles Kings 10 6 4 0.600
5 Buffalo Sabres 10 6 4 0.600
6 Florida Panthers 11 6 5 0.546
7 New York Islanders 9 6 3 0.667
8 Minnesota Wild 10 6 4 0.600
9 Chicago Blackhawks 11 5 6 0.455
10 Tampa Bay Lightning 8 5 3 0.625
11 Winnipeg Jets 9 5 4 0.556
12 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 4 0 1.000
13 Phoenix Coyotes 8 4 4 0.500
14 St. Louis Blues 6 4 2 0.667
15 Columbus Blue Jackets 5 4 1 0.800
16 Philadelphia Flyers 8 3 5 0.375
17 Dallas Stars 7 3 4 0.429
18 Colorado Avalanche 6 3 3 0.500
19 Montreal Canadiens 6 3 3 0.500
20 Calgary Flames 6 3 3 0.500
21 New York Rangers 5 3 2 0.600
22 Vancouver Canucks 9 3 6 0.333
23 Anaheim Ducks 6 2 4 0.333
24 Detroit Red Wings 9 2 7 0.222
25 Edmonton Oilers 4 2 2 0.500
26 Ottawa Senators 7 2 5 0.286
27 Carolina Hurricanes 4 1 3 0.250
28 Boston Bruins 4 1 3 0.250
29 Nashville Predators 6 1 5 0.167
30 New Jersey Devils 8 0 8 0.000

Team Shootout Wins and Losses By Season:
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 |

So unlike last season the Leafs have been mostly successful in the shootout. They are also tops in the NHL in shootouts.

*Of interesting note, league powerhouses Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and LA Kings are in the top 10 on this list.

So what am I getting at with this?

Currently, the NHL awards 2 points to the team that wins, 1 point to the loser in the shootout or 0 points if by loss in regulation. Regardless of wins in regulation or in the shootout. This basically punishes teams that don't win in regulation, and rewards teams that need extended play.

Of course, there are many different factors that can effect/affect the outcome of regulation play. Missed calls, lucky goals, bad bounces, etc.

But, I'm not big on awarding the same points to winners of OT or the SO. My belief is that this system rewards those that can't capitalize on winning during regulation play, and thus skews the overall standings. (I also don't enjoy seeing my team play an extra 15 minutes when I need to go to bed for work the next day.)

So what's my solution?

4 on 4 OT play isn't determining a winner often enough. If the NHL chooses to use it, it needs serious reform.

So what are my wild suggestions?

1) Go to 3 on 3 in extended play instead of 4 on 4. It would open up even more ice for rushes, and thus increase scoring chances for OT. Teams could be equally lucky at winning in the SO, just as they would be in OT.

2) Eliminate extended OT entirely. It's not determining a clear winner often enough. The Leafs, among many teams seem to coast through OT with an unwritten gentleman's agreement that both teams should just go to the SO.

3)If the NHL is intent on keeping the shootout, then reform how points are awarded.

I'm a big believer that the NHL is coddling the teams that aren't winning in regulation. I don't think this is fair way to determine standings. My suggestion:

2 points for winners in regulation.

If the NHL is intent on keeping both extended play and regulation:

1. points for winners in the shootout and .5 point for the losers in the shootout or, 1.5 points for winners in OT and 1 pt for losers in OT.

I believe this system would better determine: 'legitimate winners.' My belief is that the current system rewards many teams that aren't trying hard enough to win during regulation play. It shouldn't be like this. Teams that play hard during regulation, and win, should be rewarded. They shouldn't merit the same point totals that teams that aren't going through extended play.

There has also been some talk of increasing wins to 3 points. But that viewpoint is a bit skewed because it could make for too many teams with 100+ points over the course of an 82 game season.

I don't approve of ties in the standings. Only Don Cherry's attire can sway my opinion on that. is a fan community that allows members to post their own thoughts and opinions on the Toronto Maple Leafs and hockey in general. These views and thoughts may not be shared by the editor of

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