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NHL Power Rankings: Where Is Your Team in the Standings Without the Shootout?

MONTREAL, CANADA - MARCH 1:  Devin Setoguchi #10 of the Minnesota Wild falls in front of Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens on his shootout attempt during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 1, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Wild 5-4 in a shootout.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIMarch 2, 2012

To the misfortune of the Minnesota Wild's Devin Setoguchi, last night's highlights will show his awful shootout attempt, which helped the Montreal Canadiens win the game.

Phoenix Coyotes enforcer and Twitter star Paul Bissonnette wasted no time in finding humor with the situation, writing, "Never remember giving Setoguchi the ok to use my breakaway move. Whatever. I'm over it."

The shootout, to some, is an exciting way to decide the winner of a regular-season game.

To others, it's a joke that would be better off gone.

Two seasons ago, the final Eastern Conference playoff spot was determined by a shootout when the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers, thanks to goals by Claude Giroux and Danny Briere, plus Brian Boucher's stop on Olli Jokinen.

Though the excitement was certainly palpable, it's hard to say such an important moment should be decided by a shootout.

So the NHL made a rule change that stipulated regulation and overtime wins would be counted as a tiebreaker instead of shootout wins.

(Just a note, this would not have changed the outcome between the Flyers and Rangers in 2010; the Flyers finished with more points after the win).

Ever wondered what the current NHL standings would look like without the shootout wins and losses included?

Here are regulation and overtime wins and losses, plus each team's shootout record.

Their actual position in the standings is in the parentheses.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Team Wins Losses SO
*(1) New York Rangers 38 16 3-5
*(2) Boston Bruins 31 22 7-2
*(9) Washington Capitals 31 28 1-3
(5) Philadelphia Flyers 33 16 2-5
(4) Pittsburgh Penguins 29 23 8-3
(6) Ottawa Senators 29 29 5-2
(8) Winnipeg Jets 27 31 4-4
(12) Tampa Bay Lightning 27 31 2-3
(3) Florida Panthers 26 26 4-7
(11) Toronto Maple Leafs 26 32 3-3
(7) New Jersey Devils 25 25 10-3
(13) Carolina Hurricanes 24 34 0-6
(10) Buffalo Sabres 23 31 6-4
(14) New York Islanders 21 35 5-3
(15) Montreal Canadiens 21

32

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

Team Wins Losses SO
*(4) St. Louis Blues 36 19 4-6
*(1) Vancouver Canucks 34 17 7-7
*(8) Dallas Stars 29 27 4-4
(2) Detroit Red Wings 35 20 7-2
(5) Nashville Predators 34 23 3-4
(6) Chicago Blackhawks 30 28 4-3
(3) Phoenix Coyotes 28 25 5-6
(7) San Jose Sharks 27 27 6-3
(10) Colorado Avalanche 26 31 7-1
(11) Calgary Flames 26 29 3-6
(9) Los Angeles Kings 25 28 4-7
(13) Anaheim Ducks 24 31 3-6
(12) Minnesota Wild 22 28 6-8
(14) Edmonton Oilers 22 34 3-4
(15) Columbus Blue Jackets 16 40 3-5

*Division Leader

 

Several notable changes occur here. In the East, fifth-seeded Philadelphia actually has the second-most regulation and overtime wins.

An atrocious shootout performance has them below that, however. Starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov didn't make a save in a shootout this season until January 31st.

The Rangers are still on top, by no surprise. The Capitals lead their division in regulation, plus overtime wins, but they're currently the ninth seed in the conference. The Devils have a NHL-leading 10 shootout wins.

Only four teams in the East have a winning record in regulation and overtime.

The West is even more scrambled. Two division leaders change.

The Stars jump from the last seed to the top of their division.

The standings aren't meant to reflect a restructuring of the points system, but more to show how a team performs while playing actual hockey instead of the shootout.

Since there is no shootout in the playoffs, these standings could be a better indication of each team's strength heading into the second season.

 

B/R Featured Columnist Jason Sapunka is available on Twitter.

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