NEW YORK -- The NHL board of governors altered the tie-breaking system in the overall standings Tuesday, with shootout wins no longer part of the equation.
In past years, the first tiebreaker for teams deadlocked with the same number of points would be total number of wins -- in other words, regulation time wins plus overtime wins plus shootout wins.
Now, under the new guidelines, the first tiebreaker will be total wins minus shootout wins.
Teams will, of course, continue to receive two points in the standings for shootout victories.
"Our research has indicated that our fans continue to enjoy the shootouts," commissioner Gary Bettman said. "At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of shootouts and the board felt this move would be a more fair way of determining tiebreakers."
Bettman added that a couple of interested parties had contacted the city of Glendale regarding the Phoenix Coyotes but would not elaborate any further.