The NHL features three ways a team can lose a regular season game -- and a team can collect a point in two of them. There is something wrong with that. I am proposing teams collect points in a new way starting next season.
If a team wins in regulation or overtime, it garners two points -- the same as now. If a team loses in regulation or overtime, it gets NO points. It lost.
If a game is scoreless after overtime, then there should only be one point on the line. It was a tied game, after all, that is now a three-man skills competition.
I bet teams would play more enthusiastically in the OT to get two points than wait for the measly one point of a shootout win. The NHL standings would feature the sensible heading, "W - L - SO". All losses would be in one column and a team with a lot of shootout and overtime losses would not be considered a .500 team just because it managed to lose after sixty minutes were up. The standings today are farcical in that regard.
I want to see the NHL get some integrity back and put more focus on the fact that hockey is a team game. I believe this proposal is a small step in that direction.