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CALGARY FLAMES

In games that ended in regulation:
Record: 32-29
Winning/points percentage: .525

In games that ended after regulation:
Record: 5-16
Winning percentage: .238 (5 wins in 21 attempts)
Points percentage: .619 (26 out of 42 possible points)

So, just to be clear, going 5-16 in overtime is considered more successful and efficient than going 32-29 in regulation. By a wide margin.

Insanity.
Filed Under:   NHL   standings  
April 7, 2012 8:46 PM ET | Delete
April 8, 2012 10:26 AM ET | Delete
It would be nice if the flames were good in a shootout..
April 8, 2012 2:06 PM ET | Delete
I think you need to use a different team as your case study. Without the loser point the Flames would not be in 9th where everyone predicted they'd be.
April 9, 2012 1:00 PM ET | Delete
The point is that even very bad overtime records accumulate points faster than average or above average regulation records. So simply playing in more OT games than your opponents is an unfair advantage -- even if you aren't very good at OT.
April 9, 2012 1:14 PM ET | Delete
but Sven, in the case of teams making the playoffs, it changes very little. I redo the standings every year for the east using 3 points for ROW 2 for shootout win and 1 for shootout loss. This year, the only difference in the 8 playoff teams, as in most years, was seeding. Washington would have won the SE. FLA would have been 8th and OTT 7th.
April 9, 2012 1:17 PM ET | Delete
I also redo the standings, and I know where you're coming from. But it's also the principle. Consider two teams, one which plays 24 OT games in a season and one which only plays 16. The team that plays 24 has a fundamentally unfair advantage. If they're both .500 teams at regulation, the winner is whichever has more total OT wins. Some teams get more shots at OT than others, hence the problem.
April 9, 2012 2:35 PM ET | Delete
And also, ranking does matter (even something as seemingly trivial as 11th versus 13th) because it determines draft order and waiver priority.
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