Alternative Standings Systems – 2010-11
The numbers in the first column of each of the conference standings is either a magic number or tragic number. 1 has a magic number for clinching the conference title. 2 through 8 have magic numbers for clinching a playoff birth. 9 through 15 have tragic numbers for being eliminated from playoff contention.
Two Point Systems:
For this system, games that go to a shootout are considered ties. Teams are awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and no points for a loss. This system was used in the NHL prior to the 1999-2000 season.
This system also considers games that go to a shootout as ties. Teams are awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 1 point for an Overtime loss. This system was used in the NHL from the 1999-2000 season until the lockout.
The next system was suggested by Alitaki on the Rangerland.net forum. In this system, teams are awarded two points for winning in regulation or in overtime and only one point for winning in a shootout. No points are awarded for a loss of any kind.
This next system was suggested in the comments. It is a three point system with 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an OT win, and 1 point for a SO win. No points for losses of any kind. I feel that this system is not very useful as almost every game has a different amount of points awarded while the other three point system always awards three points between the two teams.
Five Point System:
The five point system works as follows. 5 points for a regulation win (W), 4 points for an OT win (OTW), 3 points for a SO win (SOW), 2 points for a SO loss (SOL) , 1 point for an OT loss (OTL), 0 points for a regulation loss (L):