How to Figure Our Your NHL Team's Points in the Standings


The current NHL point system dates from the collective bargaining agreement of the 2005-06 season. Under this system, shootouts were added at the end of the five-minute overtime period so there were no more ties. These overtimes and shootout losses now calculate into the NHL standings.

Calculating Your Team's Points

  • The NHL divides results into three columns: wins, losses and overtime losses. The last column replaces ties. Each win is two points, while a regular-time loss earns no points. Overtime losses are worth one point each.

An Example

  • Take a look at two hypothetical teams after the 82-game season from 2013-14. Compare team A, with 54 wins, 19 losses and nine overtime losses, to team B, with 52 wins, 22 losses and eight overtime losses. Team A would have 108 points for its wins (54 times 2) and nine points for its overtime losses (9 times 1). You add those together for 117. Team B would have 104 points for its wins (52 times 2) and eight points for its overtime losses (8 times 1), or a total of 112. The point system helps sort out teams with similar records to determine a division winner and playoff rankings.

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