Sunday, August 22, 2010

NHL changes regular-season tiebreaker rules

By E.J. Hradek
ESPN The Magazine
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The league will change its regular-season tiebreaking system for 2010-11, an NHL source told ESPN.

The first tiebreaker will be a combination of regulation time and overtime victories, with shootout wins excluded. In the past, the first tiebreaker had been total wins of any kind.

Columbus GM Scott Howson proposed the change at the NHL general managers meetings in Florida last March. The league's Board of Governors and Competition Committee both voted to implement the change for the upcoming season.

"I'm very happy about the change," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who'd been a vocal proponent for just such a move. "This puts more emphasis on the 60 [or 65] minutes."

The league is making the adjustment to give more weight to victories gained in some form of team play, rather than by shootout.

E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine.

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