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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Last spring, the NHL had an operational camera embedded in all four goal posts in every arena for 89 Stanley Cup playoff games.
This year, with the addition of the coach’s challenge, the goal post cameras would have required additional wiring and parts to make the feed available for replay with the new Hawkeye system in arenas.
But since the cameras located in the posts provided such little insight to the game, they are not yet functional in all 30 arenas with the Hawkeye system.
Why? Too often, the goaltender was blocking a view of the play or puck, even with the cameras positioned facing the goal line....
Rather than proceeding with cameras in the goal posts, the next course of action for the NHL may be to install cameras in the crossbar, pointing down toward the goal line.
The NHL experimented with crossbar cameras on an off-day during the Stanley Cup final and found them to be more useful for determining goals, but more challenging to install.
more with some talk about the no goal for the Wings last night...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The majority of penalty infractions called last night were for restraining fouls (hooking, holding, tripping, interference). Most of them however were on the puck carrier. Statistics, along with my personal observation, bears out the fact that a slippage has resulted over time, in the referees’ standard of enforcement on restraining fouls occurring away from the puck. While nobody likes to see ‘ticky-tack’ penalties called, a potential increase in goal scoring could be immediate if the referees were directed to enforce restraining fouls on the non-puck carrier to a similar degree demonstrated following the first lockout.
A faster, more exciting attack would be achieved by forcing players to move their feet as opposed to hooking and holding up their opponent. Regardless of the size of the net and goalkeeper’s equipment, increased power-play opportunities would result in an immediate and proportional increase in scoring.
added 2:06pm, from Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post,
Since the 2005-06 season, power-play opportunities have been on a rapid decline, and they’ve done so at an even greater pace than the scoring drop. During the first year after the lockout eliminated the 2004-05 season, a team received almost six power-play opportunities per game. That has since dropped to 3.24 per game, which is slightly higher than last year (3.06), but still low enough to keep the scoring rate depressed for another season.
NHL teams convert on the power play 19 percent of the time, on average, so an additional two power-play opportunities would result in 0.38 goals per team per game. That would buoy the scoring average up to 3.04 goals per team per game, a level we have seen twice in the past 20 seasons.
The NHL supposedly were to have cameras in both goal posts for the playoffs last year but I really did not hear about them much.
Recently I read some arenas are having difficulties with them and I am just wondering if anyone else has heard any updates on the use of these cameras?
You would think the view on those cameras would help when determing a goal or not.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Before we talk about the imminent future of goaltending equipment, as if it was truly about to change, let us first get to straightening out the past.
You know, the last 15 years or so, where the goalies union — heavily enabled by the National Hockey League Players Association — buffaloed the entire hockey world into believing that XXXXL jerseys, clown pants, binder-sized blockers and Michelin-Man chest protectors were required for goaltenders’ safety.
Protection, they said. Who knew they were talking about their jobs?
The shots were getting so hard, the Goalie Guild fibbed, that this elephantine gear was a safety requirement. And we never asked how that same stick technology never made its way to the end of the factory where they make the goalie equipment.
We were scammed, people.
I don’t know if I would make the net much bigger, but I would maybe make the goal posts smaller. Then, every time it hits the post, it goes in. That makes a huge difference, because there’s a lot of crossbars and posts hit in a game.
“If we want to get the scoring up a bit, I think that would be a good way.”
-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. More from Roy, mostly on the Avalanche from Frank Seravalli of TSN.
via the CP at NHL.com,
NHL general managers discussed a variety of topics at their annual November meeting, including how to generate more scoring opportunities.
With concern growing around the league about how hard it is to score goals, GMs went back to the well of talking about bigger nets, smaller goaltending equipment and other ideas that could help solve the problem.
Nothing was decided, and the debate will rage on.
GMs seemed to agree that three-on-three overtime and the coach's challenge system are working well a month into their implementation.
The coach's challenge has had positive reviews early on, but GMs said they'd like to continue to fine-tune it and make sure calls are right.
Compensation for coaches and executives, a policy that has come under fire for not working as intended, was also on the docket, and it could be scrapped or changed after the NHL's board of governors meeting in December.
added 5:16pm, Dan Rosen of NHL.com with a video review of the meeting, watch below...
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
NHL general managers are expected to review rule changes and discuss the controversial coach and executive compensation policy at their annual November meeting on Tuesday.
For the first time, the league has three-on-three play in overtime and coach’s challenges for goaltender interference and offside plays. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn’t expect any potential changes to those rules to take place right away.
“These rules are the way they’re going to be at least for the balance of the season,” Daly said Monday. “I don’t think there’s been any unintended consequences for the rules. And I think they’ve operated as we’ve expected they’d operate.”
A year ago at this meeting, GMs got rid of the dry scrape of the ice surface before overtime, which was designed to create more offence in overtime and cut down on shootouts. As Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings put it, the dry scrape turned out to be a “buzz kill” that stopped the momentum of games, so it was removed almost immediately.
Three-on-three overtime isn’t going anywhere as it has been incredibly successful in cutting down on the number of shootouts. Of 42 games that went to overtime through Sunday, 29 were decided before the shootout, good for 69 per cent.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
*Scotty Bowman says teams shouldn’t be allowed to ice the puck on penalty kills, and I’m all for that. “I know it would cause a stoppage but the puck would keep coming back into the (defending) end zone for a faceoff and players couldn’t change. Why should teams get an advantage by icing the puck when they get a penalty? The league’s looking for more goals, aren’t they? Coming out of the lockout there were a lot of 5-4 and 6-5 games, now, there’s a lot of 3-2s.”
*Teams will be banging down the doors at the trade deadline to get Flyers defenceman Mark Streit, who is 38 in December, with his contract up. He would be a great No. 4 in Chicago if they can swing the salary cap room.
*It didn’t take the Canadiens long to start sitting Alex Semin. He was a healthy scratch four times in their first 14 games, just one goal in 10 games. He cost them $2 million and is getting another bundle in a buyout from Carolina. “We paid him $14 million to go away,” said Hurricanes president Don Waddell.
more topics including Matheson's #1 defensemen in the NHL...
I am all for it, anything to change it up...
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
The NHL All-Star Game needs an overhaul and Nashville is as good a place as any to introduce change.
Sources tell The Dreger Report that 3-on-3 hockey is being discussed as a replacement to the traditional game which has historically been high scoring, but void of emotion, intensity, or any form of competitiveness.
It's tired, it's old and on a special weekend largely designed to market its stars, needs a facelift.
It's still somewhat unclear how the concept will be implemented, but a series of 3-on-3 games in a mini-tournament format is a likely scenario and should occupy centre stage on Jan. 31.
And for those who enjoy the NHL skills competition, fear not. Regardless of change to the actual game, this All-Star staple will remain a focal point of the weekend and will hold down its usual Saturday slot.
Discussions are ongoing with all involved - including the NHL Players' Association - who some say could endorse the changes as early as next week.
continue for more topics (coaches challenge and the Olympics)...
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