Once More Into The Abyss - Another Look At the 3 and 5 Point Systems

After yesterday's article where we looked at how the standings would differ if the NHL adopted a three or five point per game system, user renstar asked us to look at the points percentages each team was getting based on the various systems to provide a bit better context. You ask, we deliver (at least for this). Note: the standings were not updated with the results of last night's action, so the Coyotes (in this chart) still do not have an overtime victory.

Remember, this all started after Carl proposed some changes to how NHL games end...so, if you are just catching up, start with Carl's article and the comments, then move on to yesterday's article and then continue here...don't worry, we'll wait for you.

Eastern Conference

Current Points

2-Points Percentage

3-Point System

3-Points Percentage

5-Point System

5-Points Percentage

Difference Between 2 point and 5 point

Philadelphia

75

70.75%

107

67.30%

179

67.55%

3.21%

Tampa Bay

71

64.55%

92

55.76%

155

56.36%

8.18%

Boston

67

63.21%

95

59.75%

159

60.00%

3.21%

Pittsburgh

72

65.45%

100

60.61%

166

60.36%

5.09%

Washington

68

61.82%

91

55.15%

152

55.27%

6.55%

Montreal

65

60.19%

89

54.94%

148

54.81%

5.37%

NY Rangers

62

55.36%

83

49.40%

138

49.29%

6.07%

Carolina

59

54.63%

77

47.53%

129

47.78%

6.85%

Atlanta

58

51.79%

73

43.45%

124

44.29%

7.50%

Buffalo

55

52.88%

71

45.51%

117

45.00%

7.88%

Florida

52

49.06%

68

42.77%

116

43.77%

5.28%

Toronto

51

47.22%

69

42.59%

114

42.22%

5.00%

New Jersey

44

40.74%

59

36.42%

98

36.30%

4.44%

Ottawa

42

38.89%

59

36.42%

96

35.56%

3.33%

NY Islanders

41

38.68%

52

32.70%

89

33.58%

5.09%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Conference

Current Points

2-Points Percentage

3-Point System

3-Points Percentage

5-Point System

5-Points Percentage

 

Vancouver

79

73.15%

110

67.90%

183

67.78%

5.37%

Detroit

70

66.04%

93

58.49%

157

59.25%

6.79%

Dallas

65

61.32%

87

54.72%

147

55.47%

5.85%

San Jose

64

59.26%

88

54.32%

145

53.70%

5.56%

Nashville

63

58.33%

85

52.47%

138

51.11%

7.22%

Phoenix

63

57.27%

88

53.33%

143

52.00%

5.27%

Anaheim

62

57.41%

84

51.85%

140

51.85%

5.56%

Calgary

61

55.45%

79

47.88%

131

47.64%

7.82%

Los Angeles

60

56.60%

82

51.57%

135

50.94%

5.66%

Minnesota

59

56.73%

81

51.92%

138

53.08%

3.65%

Chicago

58

54.72%

80

50.31%

133

50.19%

4.53%

Columbus

57

53.77%

75

47.17%

125

47.17%

6.60%

St. Louis

56

53.85%

75

48.08%

124

47.69%

6.15%

Colorado

56

52.83%

73

45.91%

120

45.28%

7.55%

Edmonton

40

37.74%

53

33.33%

91

34.34%

3.40%

 

The average team's difference between the two point and five point system is 5.67% (I am looking at the five point system for this because it gives a differing reward to the team depending on whether it went to overtime or the shootout). From there we can look at the biggest outliers after the jump.

As we thought, Tampa Bay and Calgary are benefiting the most from the current system with percentage changes of 8.18% and 7.82% respectively. The Coyotes are middle of the pack at 5.27%, slightly hurt by the current system. However, the five point system it wouldn't change their position in the Pacific division, although they would leapfrog Nashville, who is benefiting at 7.22%.

And while Vancouver continues to be the top team in points percentage at 67.78%, the Flyers close the gap fairly significantly based on their league low 3.21% difference (tied with Boston), aided by their 32 regulation wins out of 35 total wins this season.

Again, this is all a moot point because I've heard nothing that the league is even considering changes to the point system, but it is an interesting intellectual exercise, if nothing else.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Five For Howling

You must be a member of Five For Howling to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Five For Howling. You should read them.

Join Five For Howling

You must be a member of Five For Howling to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Five For Howling. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker