NHL board of governors approves bylaw revision for tiebreaker at end of season

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Shootouts will be a little less important in the NHL next season.

The league’s board of governors approved a bylaw revision Tuesday for use when teams are tied in the standings at the end of the season.

Under the new wording of the bylaw (27.3c), a team’s total number of victories in regulation time and overtime would be used for tiebreaker purposes. Shootout wins would not be included.

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The change was proposed by the league’s 30 club general managers last March. It was endorsed last Saturday by the NHL Players’ Association representatives on the Competition Committee.