Clearly, the Flyers are having a fabulous season, being the top team in the Eastern Conference with games in hand on those teams that are trailing them. A discussion over at Five For Howling regarding how to possibly change overtime led to some comments on adjusting the NHL's 2-points per win system to equalize the number of points each game awarded, with the primary focus being a 3 point or 5 point system.
So yesterday I looked into just how the standings would differ based on the two systems, which you can read here. A user wanted me to look at the points percentage that teams were achieving so I did that today. I thought all my Flyers fans friends would be intrigued by the results.
Because the Flyers have not just won a lot of games, but won the vast majority in regulation (32 of 35 victories before overtime), they are tied with the Bruins for the team that is least benefiting from the current 2-points per win system. Under my proposed 5 point system (briefly, 5 points for a win in regulation, 4 points for an OT win, 3 points for a shootout win, 2 points for a shootout loss and 1 point for an OT loss), the Flyers would have captured 67.55% of all available points this season, second to Vancouver who is at 67.78%. Under the current 2 point system, the Flyers have captured 70.75%, while Vancouver has captured 73.15%.
The biggest winner under the 2 point system is actually Tampa Bay, who has an 8.18% difference between the 2 point and 5 point systems.
Anyway, just something that I had worked on for our site that I thought you guys would find interesting. Anyways, Go Flyers - beat Carolina tonight, and go to overtime and lose against the Coyotes in two weeks. We need the points a lot more!!!