Are NHL teams playing for overtime after the league’s realignment?


In a previous post, I described how incentives for NHL teams to play overtime games against certain types of opponents are stronger than ever in the league’s newest point system.

Through the first eight weeks of the season, here are the frequencies with which games have gone to overtime, by type.

Game TypeNon-OTOT% OT
Non-divisional, Conference51220.301

Not surprisingly, teams are playing OT contests more often when it doesn’t cost them to be simultaneously giving their opponent a point. Specifically, playoff spots in the current NHL setup are primarily based on divisional standings – and through eight weeks, only 19% of divisional contests have reached overtime. Alternatively, 27% of other game types have reached OT.  FWIW, this difference is not (yet) statistically significant. That said, I will give all of my readers free access to this blog…

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Posted on November 22, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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