Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/19/05 at 03:29 PM ET
Two weeks into the new NHL season, it is obvious the rule changes are having the desired effect on league scoring. The average goals-per-game is up over two and there have been some dramatic comebacks and more than a few lopsided results. (Hey, if Toronto pots 9 against Atlanta, too bad for Atlanta). Count on things to level off at some point. Players will figure out what they can and can't do and there will be fewer power plays. Coaches will start to design new traps to slow down some of the offense and goaltenders will get accustomed to their new equipment. Still, we are hopefully done with the low soccer-like results that dominated NHL games over the last dozen or so seasons. Now, for the downside of what have been otherwise positive adjustments:
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