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The shootout epidemic! Not so much...

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Things are rosy past regulation in the NHL compared to a decade ago when ties were far too regular an event, but don't let that get in the way of complaining about the shootout happening too often...

How the National Hockey League is Set Up

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How any league is set up will play directly into how the playoffs are set up - and playoffs are what a sport is all about. So here's how the NHL does it.

Don't say they're .500; Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs preview

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Overtime and shootout losses are still losses, and while the Lightning have reached 17-17-3, that leaves them 3 games below .500. This, and some notes in our game day preview

Rangers Vs. Ducks: Marian Gaborik The Hero In The Shootout; Win 2-1

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Rangers Vs. Ducks: Marian Gaborik The Hero In The Shootout; Win 2-1

Respect in the NHL - or the lack thereof

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If a rookie makes an unnecessarily fancy move during an NHL shootout, and it doesn't go in, is it still disrespectful?

Charity-less Standings

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How would the NHL standings look if teams didn't get a point for overtime/shootout losses? A look at standings without the charity point.

"Overtime is a nice gimmick, but it's like Final Jeopardy! - you can be winning all game and one...

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"Overtime is a nice gimmick, but it's like Final Jeopardy! - you can be winning all game and one wrong answer leads to your downfall. And to drag the analogy even further, the shootout is like replacing Final Jeopardy! with a quick dart-throwing contest - it emphasizes a skill that's irrelevant to the rest of the game and gives you random outcomes."

Nice piece at Behind the Net on the luck of OT and shootouts. Including the comments, there are some damning statements about the bonus point/loser point/ "Bettman point" that you know are right up my alley.

NHL Shootout Myth #47: Look! People are standing!

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Even if the shootout is here to stay, its defenders don't need to keep insulting people with their false justifications of why.

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