Did anyone not link to James Mirtle's post advancing his argument that the NHL should make regular-season overtime longer? He who hesitates is lost.
Gabriel Desjardins of Behind the Net did the research and found that based on the rate of goal scoring in overtime, there would have been only eight shootouts all season if the NHL played 10 minutes instead of five.
Bob McCown makes a similar argument in his new book as well. The crux of the problem with shootouts is they should just be a time- and labour-saving device and not a way to decide who makes the Stanley Cup playoffs. There shouldn't be one every night and we shouldn't have to see teams playing kitty bar the door in the final minutes of a 1-1 or 2-2 game so they can get to overtime and be guaranteed one point.
(That's where McCown's 4-3-2-1 idea -- four points for a regulation win, three for an overtime win, two for a shootout win and one for an extra-time loss -- might have some currency.)