Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/06/06 at 05:53 PM ET
There are unofficial proposals to drop anywhere from one to two games from the current eight matches between division opponents, using the extra games to satisfy cities who want more visits from both the exciting young guns in the game or teams from the Original Six. But there also are clubs anxious to see the schedule remain status quo. New Jersey's Lou Lamoriello had urged the current format in the first place, in part because New York-area teams can now bus it to 16 of 41 road stops, while the Predators and Red Wings have done well on a steady diet of lower echelon St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks.
Teams are also expected to take another look at rule changes this week, such as the unpopular delay of game call for clearing a puck into the stands. Statistics on scoring and its relation to power plays also will be reviewed.continued
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