Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/01/05 at 08:02 AM ET
Last week, the NHL sent out a directive to all its teams to amend the shootout process. At the beginning of the exhibition season, the Zamboni came out after regulation play and conducted a dry scrape of the ice, so that players had decent ice on which to skate. Some teams actually put water down, which proved to be a disaster. Both procedures took longer than the league liked, so as of last Friday, the ice preparation was amended and limited to a pair of arena workers, shoveling the snow out of the crease area and in the slot. That approach has had its shortcomings as well. Too many players, attempting the shootout, have lost control of the puck because of poor ice conditions. Accordingly, the league needs to decide what to do: Either take a few extra minutes to prepare the ice properly for the shootout, or move forward without a scrape or a flood after overtime, which would save time, but could diminish the overall show.
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