The NHL's GMs kick off their annual meeting in Boca Raton today, and high on the agenda is what to do about the shootout—more specifically, how to stop it from happening so often.
The shootout's been around since 2005, and has provided a decisive—if never entirely welcome—winner in 13.3 percent of all regular season games. (That rate has remained remarkably consistent. Through Saturday, according to the Canadian Press, 12.57 percent of this season's games went to a shootout.) Pick your criticism: It's a skills competition, a sideshow, a coin flip, an unsatisfying end to 65 minutes of intensity. And it matters. As pointed out by the Sporting News, the Devils, with zero shootout wins, are a point behind the Caps, with eight, as they vie for a playoff spot.