Three-on-three overtime might be viewed as gimmicky by some, but valuable points are up for grabs.

One of out every three games the Detroit Red Wings have played since the start of the 2016-17 season has gone to OT. The Red Wings have not fared well, going 7-13 last season and 0-4 this year in games decided during three-on-three play.

Their outstanding 11-1 shootout record during that stretch draws them to .500 in games extended past regulation (18-18).

After losing three of their past four in OT, the Red Wings devoted more practice time than usual Monday to three-on-three.

"It gives us a chance to look at some pairs and see if there's something we're missing in terms of usage," coach Jeff Blashill said.

Unlike five-on-five, when the emphasis is getting pucks on net at every opportunity, they don't want to waste shots in OT. If it's not a prime scoring chance, don't lose possession. Shots that go wide, especially with high velocity, often result in an odd-man rush the other way.