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  • Hockey should eliminate ties

    I am an outsider. I don't get hockey. I don't even understand how it attracts the small number of tv viewers it manages to get. So this is a very uninformed question. Would the sport be more popular if they made regular season games so that no ties could occur? Maybe require both teams to pull their goalies after two minutes have elapsed in overtime, or something. I won't be surprised to read that some team---maybe the Blues---squeezes into the playoffs because they are able to loose a road game in overtime. Or tie at home.
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    I think the way the league now handles OT is one of the few things they've done right. A tie gets you a point, which is legit and earned, but the format encourages teams to play aggressively to win in the OT session.

    HDTV will help hockey enormously, if the NHL can make it 'til then.

    I also like many of the reforms under consideration for next season...in particular, reducing the alllowable size of goalie equipement, moving the goal line back and eliminating the red line (college hockey is, IMO, far more entertaining than NHL hockey).

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    • #3
      I don't have a problem with ties. The problem is that games with an OT win are worth more points than regulation games, with three points being awarded in total instead of two.

      What I'd like to see is the introduction of half points - 2 points for a win, 1.5 for an OT win, 1 for a tie, and .5 for an OT loss. That way, you get 'extra' credit for winning in regulation, but there's also more to play for in OT, as you could potentially take a half point away from your opponent.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Moe_Szyslak@Mar 29 2004, 06:13 PM
        HDTV will help hockey enormously, if the NHL can make it 'til then.
        How? Just because the picture is better doesn't mean people will start to like the game. I saw part of the Nascar race in HD yesterday and I still don't like it.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BurnKU+Mar 29 2004, 06:41 PM-->
          QUOTE (BurnKU @ Mar 29 2004, 06:41 PM)

        • #6
          I agree - letting a sporting event - in any sport - end in a tie is ridiculous, IMO.

          Keep playing until someone wins.
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          • #7
            Or do a shootout.
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            • #8
              Originally posted by BurnKU+Mar 29 2004, 06:41 PM-->
              QUOTE (BurnKU @ Mar 29 2004, 06:41 PM)

            • #9
              Originally posted by Trigfunctions@Mar 29 2004, 06:42 PM
              I agree - letting a sporting event - in any sport - end in a tie is ridiculous, IMO.

              Keep playing until someone wins.
              Although rarer, there are ties in football.
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              • #10
                Originally posted by WinstonSmith@Mar 29 2004, 06:46 PM
                Or do a shootout.
                A shootout takes away from everything worked for in the game itself. Shootouts don't prove who has the best team.
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                • #11
                  Originally posted by CSD+Mar 29 2004, 06:49 PM-->
                  QUOTE (CSD @ Mar 29 2004, 06:49 PM)
                  Originally posted by [email protected] 29 2004, 06:41 PM

                • #12
                  Originally posted by WinstonSmith+Mar 29 2004, 06:41 PM-->
                  QUOTE (WinstonSmith @ Mar 29 2004, 06:41 PM)
                  Originally posted by [email protected] 29 2004, 06:41 PM

                • #13
                  Originally posted by CSD+Mar 29 2004, 06:49 PM-->
                  QUOTE (CSD @ Mar 29 2004, 06:49 PM)
                  Originally posted by [email protected] 29 2004, 06:41 PM

                • #14
                  Originally posted by BurnKU+Mar 29 2004, 06:54 PM-->
                  QUOTE (BurnKU @ Mar 29 2004, 06:54 PM)
                  Originally posted by [email protected] 29 2004, 06:49 PM
                  Originally posted by [email protected] 29 2004, 06:41 PM

                • #15
                  Originally posted by CSD@Mar 29 2004, 06:57 PM
                  I'm not sure the NHL has the intelligence to take advantage of it.
                  that's the problem...they don't...

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