Say late in a season team A is in first place, one point ahead of two teams (B and C) tied for second. On a given night as the playoff race is coming to a close, team A is playing some random team in another division while the two second place teams play each other. If all games were worth the same number of total points (2, for the sake of argument), team A knows (and rightfully so), that if they take care of business and win their game (in regulation, OT or shootout - doesn't matter), they will remain in first place by one point on the winner of the B v. C game and by three points on the loser. Under the "loser point" system, this is no longer the case. So team A wins and B beats C in a shootout. Now team A is one point ahead of team B, but only two ahead of team C. Worse, say team A loses their game in regulation and B beats C in a shootout. Normally A would know that they'd still be ahead of C and only behind B by one point. Due to the loser point, team A would still be behind B by one point, but would also fall into a tie with team C. On the whole, team A actually loses ground in total because the other two couldn't decide their game in regulation. Not fair to team A, no matter how you cut it.