Which teams have been the best at winning games in regulation or overtime?

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At this point in the season, there’s a decent chance that whether a team has been successful or not in the shootout has had a fairly significant impact on that team’s place in the standings. And it’s for that reason that there are many (including yours truly) who believe the NHL should keep exploring ways to reduce the number of shootouts.

But that’s not what this post is about. This is simply a way, with the playoffs not far off, to identify teams that may appear better (or worse) than they really are because of their success (or failure) in a random exercise like the shootout.

GP ROW ROW/GP
1  NASHVILLE 57 34 0.60
2  NY RANGERS 55 32 0.58
3  TAMPA BAY 60 34 0.57
4  MONTRÉAL 57 31 0.54
5  VANCOUVER 56 30 0.54
6  NY ISLANDERS 58 31 0.53
7  ST. LOUIS 57 30 0.53
8  DETROIT 56 29 0.52
9  PITTSBURGH 57 29 0.51
10  WASHINGTON 58 29 0.50
11  CALGARY 58 29 0.50
12  ANAHEIM 58 28 0.48
13  CHICAGO 58 28 0.48
14  MINNESOTA 57 27 0.47
15  SAN JOSE 59 27 0.46
16  LOS ANGELES 57 26 0.46
17  BOSTON 57 26 0.46
18  DALLAS 57 25 0.44
19  WINNIPEG 59 24 0.41
20  PHILADELPHIA 57 22 0.39
21  COLUMBUS 55 21 0.38
22  FLORIDA 56 20 0.36
23  OTTAWA 56 20 0.36
24  TORONTO 58 20 0.34
25  NEW JERSEY 57 18 0.32
26  COLORADO 58 17 0.29
27  CAROLINA 56 16 0.29
28  ARIZONA 58 16 0.28
29  EDMONTON 59 12 0.20
30  BUFFALO 57 10 0.18

Notes:

— The Rangers stick out in the No. 2 spot, only slightly below Nashville. The Rangers have only won twice in six trips to the shootout. Now compare that to their hated rivals in the No. 6 spot. The Islanders are 7-1 in the shootout and, in a related story, four points ahead of the Rangers in the standings.

— The Canucks stick out as well. No. 5 in ROW/GP, yet 14th overall in the standings. So, the shootout has totally screwed Vancouver, right? Wrong. The Canucks have only been in three of them all season, and they actually won two of them. The Canucks, you see, also lose a good number of games (21) in regulation.

— Chicago at No. 13 sticks out in the opposite way, because one might expect for them to be higher. The Blackhawks are still an elite team, but they’ve definitely gotten a pretty big lift from their 7-3 record in the shootout. So too have the No. 12 Ducks, who are 7-5.

— Of all the teams currently in a playoff position, the Jets at No. 19 rank the lowest in ROW/GP. Winnipeg is 6-4 in the shootout and lucky that a team like San Jose (No. 15 in ROW/GP, but below the Jets in the standings) is 2-5.

— Finally, it’s crazy that the Sabres (6-2 in the shootout) and Oilers (5-4) are even worse than the standings make them look.