Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/08/12 at 02:38 PM ET
from Daniel Wagner of The Score,
But the Dead Puck Era wasn’t just known for its tight defensive systems. One of the biggest contributors to the lack of scoring was the acceptance of obstruction by referees. Big, slow defencemen made their living on clutching, grabbing, and hooking, leaving very little room on the ice for creative offensive plays. One of the biggest changes during the lockout was the institution of “Zero tolerance on Interference, Hooking and Holding/Obstruction” in order to give skilled players more room to create scoring chances.
In the season after the lockout, the number of powerplays skyrocketed to 11.7 powerplay opportunities per game as players adjusted to the new rule. This season, power plays are, as the alarming NHL.com headline read, at a “three-decade low.”...
With the help of ESPN.com’s comprehensive statistics on penalties, I put together some projections for this season and compared the numbers to last season. Sure enough, there is a bigger decline in hooking and holding penalties than any other type of minor penalty.
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