Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/13/05 at 11:31 AM ET
Eight days into the first season after the NHL became the first league to lose a whole season in a labor dispute, attendance jumped from an average of 16,643 a game at this stage in 2003 to 17,673, 95 percent of arena capacity. Teams average 6.4 goals a game compared to 4.5 a game two years ago, a 41 percent increase. Total shots are up 6.3 a game to 58.9 a game. And rallies from two goals down to win have leaped 400 percent. "This is the new NHL," Predators left wing Darcy Hordichuk said. "We knew we could come back. It's great to be here with the new rules. We have fast guys. We were built for the new rules. "If you can't skate and move fast, you can't be in the league anymore."
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