Title

Inefficiencies in the National Hockey League Points System and the Teams That Take Advantage

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Keywords

National Hockey League, overtime, incentives, scoring systems

Abstract

In the current National Hockey League (NHL) points system (PS), there are increased incentives for teams to play overtime games against nonconference opponents. We use empirical data across three recent NHL PSs to test if and when teams have responded to these incentives. We find that in the current PS, several teams are playing a significantly higher proportion of overtime games against nonconference opponents than within-conference ones, and that overtime games are also significantly more likely to occur in the months leading up to postseason play.

DOI

10.1177/1527002513486654

Published In

Journal of Sports Economics

Volume

16

Issue

4

Pages

410-424

Comments

Published online before print, April 29, 2013

doi:10.1177/1527002513486654