Does the loser point even matter?

Something I hear all the time is “the loser point should go, it changes the standings too much, teams don’t deserve it, etc.”

Realistically, taking a look at the big picture it doesn’t change much in the normal wildcard format, butt you’re looking to use the QMJHL (1v16) format or the original (1v8) layout it would have a larger effect.

Here’s how the standings would look if you take away the loser point.

OVERALL

  1. Tampa 43-20
  2. Vegas 41-21
  3. Toronto 39-26
  4. Nashville 38-23
  5. Boston 37-23
  6. Winnipeg 37-25
  7. Pittsburgh 36-27
  8. Minnesota 35-27
  9. Dallas 35-27
  10. Washington 35-28
  11. LA 34-29
  12. Philly 34-29
  13. St Louis 34-29
  14. Colorado 33-29
  15. San Jose33-30
  16. New Jersey 32-30
  17. Calgary 32-31
  18. Columbus 32-31
  19. Anaheim 31-33
  20. NYI 29-34
  21. Florida 28-31
  22. Carolina 27-35
  23. Edmonton 27-35
  24. Chicago 27-36
  25. NYR 27-36
  26. Detroit 26-36
  27. Vancouver 24-39
  28. Montreal 23-39
  29. Ottawa 21-40
  30. Buffalo 19-44
  31. Arizona 18-44

WESTERN DIV

  1. Vegas 41-21
  2. Nashville 38-23
  3. Winnipeg 37-25
  4. Minnesota 35-27
  5. Dallas 35-27
  6. LA 34-29
  7. St Louis 34-29
  8. Colorado 33-29
  9. San Jose 33-30
  10. Calgary 32-31
  11. Anaheim 31-33
  12. Edmonton 27-35
  13. Chicago 27-36
  14. Vancouver 24-39
  15. Arizona 18-44

With the 1v8 format, Vegas would face Colorado, Nashville would get St Louis, Winnipeg would play LA and Minnesota versus Dallas.

Wildcard format would see Vegas vs St Louis, Nashville vs Dallas, Winnipeg vs Minnesota and LA vs San Jose.

EASTERN DIV

  1. Tampa 43-20
  2. Toronto 39-26
  3. Boston 37-23
  4. Pittsburgh 36-27
  5. Washington 35-28
  6. Philly 34-29
  7. New Jersey 32-30
  8. Columbus 32-31
  9. NYI 29-34
  10. Florida 28-31
  11. Carolina 27-35
  12. NYR27-36
  13. Detroit 26-36
  14. Montreal 23-39
  15. Ottawa 21-40
  16. Buffalo 19-44

With the 1v8 format, Tampa vs Columbus, Toronto vs New Jersey, Boston vs Philly and Pittsburgh vs Washington.

In the wildcard format, Tampa vs Columbus, Pittsburgh vs New Jersey, Toronto vs Boston and Washington vs Philly.

So what does this show me? The wildcard point is so minor that the only team getting screwed would be Colorado in the west. End of the day, I think if the NHL makes any changes it should be to the 1v16 format just because I would love to see which conference is stronger in the playoffs. 99% of rivalries have been lost already since they were mostly based on toughness which is being removed from the game. So other than Washington vs Pittsburgh or Calgary vs Edmonton, I don’t really see an intense rivalry that’s going to glue me to the TV for all seven games.

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