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Re-Thinking The Game

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

Some​ of​ the​ following​ ideas​ I’ve​​ suggested before, others are new. But in step with our wonderful set of stories this week at The Athletic tackling the future of hockey, here are changes I espouse for the next decade or two:

On ice

Different formations: Why is it for 100 years plus of the NHL the idea that one must have three forwards and two defencemen on the ice 5-on-5 has been the only way the game has been played? In the same way in which we’ve seen the evolution of power plays with four forwards and a D-man, why don’t coaches tinker with their 5-on-5 approach? Depending on the score and the time of the game, why don’t we see three defencemen on the ice and two forwards if you’re protecting a lead? Or if you’re down 2-3 goals to open the third period, why don’t coaches go with four forwards and one D? There are no rules against it but it’s been 3 F/2 D for the entire history of the NHL at 5-on-5. There’s got to be a head coach out there with the guts to challenge this and be the first guy to mix it up, at least in preseason.

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Hootinani's avatar

Whats the point? There’s only a couple of real dmen left in the league anyways. Everyone else is just a “rover”, so you might as well say most teams have 4 forwards on the ice 5v5 already.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 12/06/18 at 11:59 AM ET

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