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Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:10 pm
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PittScores Rankings: Midseason Version

Well  we are officially past the halfway point in the season, since each team has played at least 41 games.  These rankings are a little different then the ones I posted on the NHL board though, because only each teams first 41 games are taken into account in this version and there is nothing taken into account about who has been hot lately, because they are for the season as a whole.  Here are the rankings:

1. New Jersey Devils

  • 3.0802 rating

2.  Chicago Blackhawks

  • 3.0648 Rating

3. San Jose Sharks

  • 2.6364 Rating

4. Washington Capitals

  • 1.9994 Rating

5. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • 1.8372 Rating

6. Buffalo Sabres

  • 1.7842 Rating

7. Vancouver Canucks

  • 1.3764 Rating

8. Phoenix Coyotes

  • 1.3029 Rating

9. Calgary Flames

  • 1.2801 Rating

10. Colorado Avalanche

  • 0.9987 Rating

11. Nashville Predators

  • 0.7801 Rating

12. Los Angeles Kings

  • 0.6213 Rating

13. Boston Bruins

  • 0.3838 Rating

14. Detroit Red Wings

  • 0.1945 Rating

15. Dallas Stars

  • -0.2839 Rating

16. Ottawa Senators

  • -0.3518 Rating

17. Atlanta Thrashers

  • -0.5347 Rating

18. Philadelphia Flyers

  • -0.5347 Rating

19. Minnesota Wild

  • -0.6779 Rating

20. New York Rangers

  • -0.6932 Rating

21. Montreal Canadiens

  • -0.8660 Rating

22. St. Louis Blues

  • -1.2999 Rating

23. Florida Panthers

  • -1.3567 Rating

24. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • -1.4200 Rating

25. Anaheim Ducks

  • -1.5808 Rating

26. Edmonton Oilers

  • -1.8373 Rating

27. New York Islanders

  • -1.9197 Rating

28. Columbus Blue Jackets

  • -2.1000 Rating

29. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • -2.1671 Rating

30. Carolina Hurricanes

  • -3.6548 Rating



Notes:

  • Only 1 Original 6 team in the top 10 (Blackhawks)
  • In the top 10, there are 6 Western Conference teams and 4 Eastern Conference
  • The Southeast Division owns 3 of the bottom 10 positions (Panthers, Lightning, and Hurricanes)
  • 2 Canadian Teams in the top 10 (Canucks and Flames) and 2 in the bottom 10 (Canadiens and Maple Leafs)
  • I think I will be renaming 30th place the Hurricanes award, since they have held the spot since these rankings were created
  • I was gonna put more, but this took long enough and I'm lazy


Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:10 pm
 

Improving the NHL

Last April I did a blog about how you could improve the MLB which you can find HERE , but hockey is where my heart lies when it comes to sports.  I can watch any game any time, no matter who is playing.  That is why I wanna see a couple of things change, to make the game more exciting for the fans.

Less Teams:

Many people think that there are to many teams in the NHL, and while I do not necessarily agree, I think the NHL would be better off if they cut the league down by 2 teams.  The 2 teams I think the NHL would miss the least are the Phoenix Coyotes and the Florida Panthers.  Neither of these teams have been really successful and their fan support has been weak.  If they got rid of these 2 teams, hold a draft to redisperse the players from these teams to the 28 remaining teams.

No More Conferences:

In the NFL you have the AFC and NFC, in the MLB its the AL and NL, in basketball its the East and the West.   Right now the NHL is like the NBA while having the east and west, but I think it would be unique and be something that a lot of people could enjoy if they got rid of conferences.

My idea is to get 4 different divisions of 7 teams.  The 4 divisions names should be the Adams, Patrick, Smythe, and Norris to go back to the ways things used to be before the 1993-1994 season.  The NHL is most history based than any of the other major sports (with the Stanley cup and other tropheys) so why not bring back the old school names?

New Divisions:

With the bigger divisions and the fact that 2 teams are gone, the divisions need to be fixed.  I would go with the following 4 divisions:

Patrick Divison:
This division has the 6 teams that were in the Patrick division before the relignment, so they already have natural rivalries (especially with 5 of the teams being in the current Atlantic Division).  I also put the Blue Jackets in because they would have a natural rivalry with the Penguins and I think they would develop into a good rival for the rest of the teams.

Smythe Division:
Since I couldn't include the Winnipeg Jets since they have moved to Raleigh, I had to add 2 new teams to this division.  I chose the Ducks and Avalanche since the Ducks are on the West coast and new to the league since the old divisions and the Avalanche used to be the Nordiques and have moved a lot more west.

Norris Division:
The Red Wings, Blackhawks, Blues, and Maple Leafs were all apart of this division 17 or so years ago, and it was a great one.  Adding in 2 more of the original 6 (5 total) just makes this division more heated.  I added the Sabres because I had to put them somewhere.

Adams Division:
Other than the Stars (well North Stars at the time) and Senators, none of these teams were in this division because they are either new to the league since then or have moved.  This division may have some some travel issues, but I like the other 3 divisions how they are so these are basically the rest of whats left.

New Scheduling/Points:

The first thing that would have to change would be the schedule.  Currently you play every team in your division 6 times, all other teams in your conference 4, and everyone in the other conference 1 time (and 3 of those teams you play twice).

For a new scheduling, I would still have you play your divisional opponents 6 time (36 games).  The other 21 teams I would have you play them twice each (42 games).  So far this is a total of 78 games, but you will play a total of 84.  The other 6 games depend on how you finish the year before.  You would play every team that finished in the same place in their division as you 2 more times.  So if the Penguins and Blackhawks won their divisions one year, the next year they would play 4 times instead of 2.

The other change I would have is the points system.  I think it is time to adopt a 3 point system in the NHL.  Getting basically half the points you get for a win just by going to OT is not right, and needs to be changed.  I believe it needs to be as follows:
  • 3 points for a regulation win
  • 2 points for an OT/SO win
  • 1 point for an OT/SO loss
  • 0 points for a regulation loss
This point system would help discourage teams to take it easy at the end of the 3rd period because they want to secure 1 point, and could lead to a lot more exciting finishes.

Playoff Format Changes:

A lot of people might not like this idea, but I do.  Instead of the 16 teams with the most points making the playoffs, there would be a divisional playoff first.  The top 4 teams in each division would make this round.  What would happen is each division would have a tournament to see which team is the division champ.  For example in the Patrick Division say it ended up these final standings:
  1. Penguins
  2. Flyers
  3. Capitals
  4. Devils
  5. Rangers
  6. Blue Jackets
  7. Islanders
The Penguins, Flyers, Capitals, and Devils would play in a mini tournament to see who is the division champ.  The Penguins would play the Devils and the Flyers would play the Capitals.  The 2 winners would play each other, and then the division winner would be crowned. All of this would be just like the playoffs and be 7 game series.

Once all 4 division winners are crowned, then those 4 play to see who the Stanley Cup winners are.  They would be ranked 1-4 based on the amount of points earned outside of your division, and the tie breaker would be total points.  Then it would be just like the current conference finals, the 2 winners go on to the Finals to see who would play for the Cup.

Rule Changes:

There are a few rules in the current NHL that I would want to change:
  • Get rid of the instigator rule, no explination really needed.
  • When a player is called for diving, don't put both players in the box.  Either the other player took a penalty or there was a dive, punish them for diving instead of making it even.
  • Get rid of the trapizoid.  Goalies that can stick handle well shouldn't be punished by putting a place in where they can't handle the puck.
  • Make the goalies pads smaller.  I was always on the fence about this, but after seeing some goalies pads they need to be smaller.  When you watch an old school game, their pads were so small its rediculous.  I am not saying make them that small, but a little bit smaller to inscrease scoring.
  • If a goalie goes behind the net to play the puck, he should be free game for hits.  Would make a lot of exciting plays behind the net.
  • When a penalty shot is called, the team gets to decide if they want the penalty shot or 2 minute power play.


Thats all I got now, feel free to leave a comment about what you agree/disagree with and any other rules you would like to see.
 
 
 
 
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