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.
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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