Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/06/05 at 09:23 AM ET
Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for, but the NHL's dream of more offence is reaching giddy heights. A return to the wide open Wayne Gretzky era it's not. But the hockey this season certainly is a notch above the whacking and grabbing style we had become subject to as the neutral-zone trap took hold. One month into the season, goals are up about 25% from the tedious 2003-04 season. Shots on goal are up almost 20%, while power-play goals have increased by more than 50% stemming from the crackdown on obstruction. The aim of the rule changes was to free up ice for the star players and certainly some have taken advantage.
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