NHL Standings Using IIHF Point System

With the 2015 World Junior Championship completed as of yesterday, we once again found ourselves readjusting to the IIHF point system. This point system differs from the NHL’s system in that it rewards a regulation win with 3 points, an overtime or shootout win with 2 points, an overtime or shootout loss with 1 point and a regulation loss with 0 points. This often makes one wonder, how would this point system affect the NHL standings? So, today we’ve adapted the current NHL standings from its regular point system, to the IIHF system to find out how greatly it would affect teams.


 

NHL LogoUsing NHL Point System:

Eastern Conference: Team: Wins-Losses-OT/SO Losses

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning: 26-12-4 – 56 points
  2. Montreal Canadiens: 26-12-2 – 54 points
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins: 24-10-5 – 53 points
  4. New York Islanders: 26-13-1 – 53 points
  5. Detroit Red Wings: 21-10-9 – 51 points
  6. Washington Capitals: 20-11-7 – 47 points
  7. New York Rangers: 21-11-4 – 46 points
  8. Toronto Maple Leafs: 21-16-3 – 45 points
  9. Boston Bruins: 19-15-6 – 44 points
  10. Florida Panthers: 17-11-9 – 43 points
  11. Ottawa Senators: 16-15-8 – 40 points
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets: 18-17-3 – 39 points
  13. Philadelphia Flyers: 15-18-7 – 37 points
  14. New Jersey Devils: 15-20-7 – 37 points
  15. Buffalo Sabres: 14-24-3 – 31 points
  16. Carolina Hurricanes: 12-24-4 – 28 points

Western Conference: Team: Wins-Losses-OT/SO Losses

  1. Anaheim Ducks: 26-9-6 – 58 points
  2. Nashville Predators: 26-9-4 – 56 points
  3. Chicago Blackhawks: 26-12-2 – 54 points
  4. St. Louis Blues: 24-13-3 – 51 points
  5. Vancouver Canucks: 23-12-3 – 49 points
  6. San Jose Sharks: 22-14-5 – 49 points
  7. Los Angeles Kings: 19-12-9 – 47 points
  8. Winnipeg Jets: 20-13-7 – 47 points
  9. Calgary Flames: 21-16-3 – 45 points
  10. Dallas Stars: 18-15-6 – 42 points
  11. Minnesota Wild: 18-15-5 – 41 points
  12. Colorado Avalanche: 16-16-8 – 40 points
  13. Arizona Coyotes: 15-20-4 – 34 points
  14. Edmonton Oilers: 9-23-9 – 27 points

334-IIHF_Logo.jpg-normalUsing IIHF Point System:

Eastern Conference: Team: Regulation Wins-OT/SO Wins-OT/SO Losses-Regulation Losses

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning: 23-3-4-12 – 79 points
  2. Montreal Canadiens: 20-6-2-12 – 74 points
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins: 19-5-5-10 – 71 points
  4. New York Islanders: 16-10-1-13 – 69 points
  5. Detroit Red Wings: 17-4-9-10 – 68 points
  6. Washington Capitals: 16-4-7-11 – 63 points
  7. New York Rangers: 16-5-4-11 – 62 points
  8. Toronto Maple Leafs: 17-4-3-16 – 62 points
  9. Boston Bruins: 12-7-6-15 – 56 points
  10. Florida Panthers: 11-6-9-11 – 54 points
  11. Ottawa Senators: 10-6-8-15 – 50 points
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets: 12-6-3-17 – 51 points
  13. New Jersey Devils: 12-3-7-20 – 49 points
  14. Philadelphia Flyers: 11-4-7-18 – 48 points
  15. Buffalo Sabres: 7-7-3-24 – 38 points
  16. Carolina Hurricanes: 9-3-4-24 – 37 points

Using IIHF Point System:

Eastern Conference: Team: Regulation Wins-OT/SO Wins-OT/SO Losses-Regulation Losses

  1. Nashville Predators: 19-7-4-9 – 75 points
  2. Anaheim Ducks: 17-9-6-9 – 75 points
  3. Chicago Blackhawks: 19-7-2-12 – 73 points
  4. St. Louis Blues: 18-6-3-13 – 69 points
  5. Vancouver Canucks: 18-5-3-12 – 67 points
  6. San Jose Sharks: 18-4-5-14 – 67 points
  7. Los Angeles Kings: 17-2-9-12 – 64 points
  8. Winnipeg Jets: 16-4-7-13 – 63 points
  9. Dallas Stars: 16-2-6-15 – 58 points
  10. Calgary Flames: 13-8-3-16 – 58 points
  11. Minnesota Wild: 14-4-5-15 – 55 points
  12. Colorado Avalanche: 9-7-8-16 – 49 points
  13. Arizona Coyotes: 9-6-4-20 – 43 points
  14. Edmonton Oilers: 8-1-9-23 – 35 points

So, as is clearly shown in the adjusted standings above, the IIHF points system would definitely cause some minor adjustments in teams placements in their respective conferences, but in the end, all the playoff teams would remain the same as with the NHL system. In my opinion, the IIHF system seems to make a little more sense, in that each and every game is worth a total of three points, instead of some being worth two and others worth three points with the system that is in place right now. And as shown, it wouldn’t have drastic impacts on the results of the league, other than every team having more points of course.

Which point system would you rather see the NHL use? Let us know in the comments!