HANK SHOOTS FOR THREE POINTS: While NHL general managers debate various ways to reduce shootouts during the regular season, Canuck captain Henrik Sedin has another idea.
“I think maybe you should go to three points for a regulation win like they have in Europe,” Henrik said Monday before the Canuck-New York Islander game at Rogers Arena. “Three points puts a lot of onus on you as a team to try to win it in regulation. I think it’s worked well in Sweden and Europe. I think it’s something they should take a look at.”
Three points for a regulation victory — and just two for winning in overtime or a shootout — is not a new concept. It was the format used in the Sochi Olympics. However, it has never received any traction at the NHL level.
Apparently 3-on-3 overtime, which would follow a 4-on-4, is also being frowned upon after reaching the discussion phase. Henrik is thumbs-down on 3-on-3.