From the NHL:
NHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES TIE-BREAKER REVISION
Board Joins Competition Committee In Supporting The Change
NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2010) — The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today approved a By-Law revision that would use a team’s total of victories in regulation time and overtime to break ties among teams with the same number of points at the conclusion of a season. The number of shootout victories would not be included for the purposes of breaking ties in the standings, according to the new wording of By-Law 27.3(c).
The By-Law change was proposed by the League’s 30 Club General Managers following their March meeting and was endorsed Saturday by the National Hockey League Players’ Association representatives on the Competition Committee.
NHL By-Law 27.3 now reads as follows (with the approved revision in underlined italics):
At the conclusion of the regular Schedule of Championship Games the standing of the teams in each Conference shall be determined in accordance with the following priorities in the order listed:
a) First place in each of the three divisions seeded 1, 2 and 3.
b) The higher number of points earned by the Club.
c) The greater number of games won by the Club (excluding games won in the Shootout).
d) The higher number of points earned in games against each other among two or more Clubs having equal standing under priorities (b) and (c).
e) The greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing under priority (d).
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