Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/24/12 at 11:17 AM ET
from the National Post,
Power-play opportunities are down in the NHL this season to about 56% of what they were in 2005-06 when the league returned from the lockout and decided to call penalties as written in the rule book. Now, it appears either the league’s players are much less likely to commit infractions or referees have returned to their old way of calling games. Anecdotally, based on the number of complaints about referees in the last few weeks, it looks like it’s the latter answer.
Fewer power-play chances means a greater importance in five-on-five play. It would be no surprise that the best five-on-five teams are all in or near playoff spots. Teams are listed with their ranking in the NHL overall standings.
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