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In a perfect world, where every game counts the same

As of yesterday, 20 of the 106 games played (18.9%) in the Eastern Conference have resulted in a Bettman Welfare Point being awarded.
Florida has claimed 4 of them, the Devils 3. Pittsburgh and Toronto have none.

In the west, it's much worse, with 33 Bettman Welfare Points having been awarded in 104 games played (31.7%). Every Western team has at least one, with 4 teams at 3 each and Nashville with 4.

Here's what the Eastern Conference standings would look like if every game awarded 3 points. 3 points for the winner, 0 for the loser in a regulation game, and 2 points for an OT or SO winner, 1 point for the loser. The first tiebreaker at the end of the year would be regulation wins.

On the left, the actual standings, on the right, what they'd look like in a perfect world.
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The first change is right at the top. On the basis of getting 9 of their 10 wins in regulation, as opposed to New Jersey's 8 of 9, the Penguins claim the top spot. Toronto passes Montreal for second for the same reason (8 of 9 reg wins vs 6 of 9 reg wins). For the 8 spot, Tampa and the Rangers flip flop due to Tampa getting an extra regulation win.

With all games being worth 3 points, the '4 point game' now becomes a '6 point game', allowing teams to remain in the playoff hunt longer because they can make up the ground they can't make up now due to the Welfare Point.

In the west, The biggest change is San Jose dropping two spots, to Dallas and Detroit.

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The upcoming re-alignment proposal is something that is needed, but not as much as restoring fundamental fairness to the standings structure is.

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