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Forget The Power Play

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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A return to the dead puck era is already here. How many 0 0 shootouts can a person watch without lossig interest. Unless brendan shannahan and company start calling penaties and shrink the goalie gear this will be the future. Actually the future is already here. Dead Puck era part 2

Posted by patrick oneill from yonkers ny on 03/24/12 at 12:49 PM ET

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That 56% decrease is mind-boggling, and while the officiating has definitely gotten worse over the years, at least a portion of the decrease in penalties can be attributed to players learning how to play within the rules on a more regular basis.  Hopefully someone brings the alarming decrease to the officials’ attention though and they go back to calling from the rule book.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 03/24/12 at 01:16 PM ET

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Posted by patrick oneill from yonkers ny on 03/24/12 at 10:49 AM ET

I wouldn’t blame Shannahan, I’d lay this one at the feet of Gary Bettman.  Parity at all costs.  Frankly I think the shootout is kind of exciting.  But it should also be very rare.  If penalties were called as they are written it would be.  Instead we have this clutching, grabbing, obstruction crap like we had pre-lockout.  It makes the game a lot less fun to watch that’s for sure. 

Hopefully someone brings the alarming decrease to the officials’ attention though and they go back to calling from the rule book.

The problem is they already know.  But they continue to call the games the same way.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 03/24/12 at 01:28 PM ET

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They seem pretty happy to abuse the product in every kind of way.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/24/12 at 01:49 PM ET

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well ya know they want to stop concussions ! with doing the exact wrong thing & creating another “Problem” thill come up with a “solution” I swear to God they worked for Govt. before running the NHL


The Problem with concussions is this Bigger, Faster players with the same size ice surface & Weapons as pads instead of protection

Make the rinks bigger & or go to 4 skaters the whole time

also have to teach from the youngest age on that checks are for separating the Player from the puck, Not KILL SHOTS!

Posted by Evilpens on 03/24/12 at 01:53 PM ET

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I generally hate agreeing with a Pens fan on principle but I think making the ice surface bigger is something they need to do.

I hate watching teams choke the life out of hockey, for example Nashville and St. Louis especially.

Its no wonder Hitchcock has the Blues playing so well, less penalties through the neutral zone can only help that style of hockey.  They re-introduce the red line we might as well just watch highlights on mid 90s hockey since it was nothing but trap, trap, left wing lock, trap, etc.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/24/12 at 03:16 PM ET

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Utter heresy.  5 skaters, 200 x 85 or it’s not hockey.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/24/12 at 09:11 PM ET

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