In the Eastern Conference right now, there is a mere 10 points that separates 4th from 13th. On the surface, it looks like the league accomplished it’s goal from the 2005 lockout: to increase parity and work towards a league that brings competitive hockey games each and every night. To some degree, it has worked. At the end of January bottom teams such as Carolina and Philadelphia were able to defeat two of the leagues best: Chicago and Washington, respectively.
But is the current point format really suggesting an equal and more balanced playing landscape? Or is it all smoke in mirrors, with three point games diluting who the best clubs really are?