NHL to change tiebreaker rule: Report

The NHL plans to finalize a change to its regular-season tiebreaking system for 2010-11 at a Sept....

The NHL plans to finalize a change to its regular-season tiebreaking system for 2010-11 at a Sept. 14 Board of Governors' meeting, according to ESPN. (Reuters file photo)

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The National Hockey League is set to modify its tiebreaking system for determining the regular-season standings, according to a report by ESPN.com.

Under the new rule, if two teams are tied in points 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.

The rule had been proposed by Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson at the general managers meetings back in March.

The change will give more weight to victories gained in some form of team play rather than by shootout.


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