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.
(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.
|*(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|| |
|*(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|
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.
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