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Custance checks in with Holland and Blashill regarding increased goal-scoring

ESPN's Craig Custance spoke with MSG analyst and former NHL goalie Steve Valiquette regarding the up-tick in goal-scoring in the NHL this season, and Custance checked in with Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill to add a GM and coach's takes on the situation. Holland believes that the proliferation of younger players in the league has something to do with the scoring splurge:

“All the youth in the league, they don’t check like veterans. They’re hockey players. They’re okay exchanging chances. It’s adding to more scoring chances,” Holland said. “When you get the coaches an opportunity here to coach and implement systems, by the end of the year, scoring is going to come down and they’re going to check better.”

Teams also tend to give their young players the early opportunity as the season opens, and if that doesn’t work out, they turn to veterans. That especially seems to be the case this season as the salary cap continued to stagnate.

The Coyotes have gone young this season, and are allowing a league-high 4.33 goals per game. Right behind them are three other teams that are breaking in talented but inexperienced young players in Toronto (4.17), Carolina (4.0) and Winnipeg (3.67).

“There’s immaturity in young guys' games at times,” Blashill said. “With guys that have been around, they know how to play, they know how to keep leads, they know how to keep the puck moving in the right direction.”

The league is also trending toward more speed. Everyone saw how successful the Pittsburgh Penguins were last season and want to keep pace. Speed, pressure and aggressive forechecking can lead to goals on both ends of the ice.

“There’s more pressure on O-zone play,” Blashill said. “It creates turnovers on offense, it also creates you putting yourself in spots where people get behind you. That creates more offense as well.”

Custance continues in his Insider-only entry, and Blashill isn't sure whether the trend of increased scoring will continue...

“Let it even out over time,” Blashill said. “I understand that’s the world we live in, we want instantaneous reports on stuff but I think the reality is this will even itself out. I try not to look at statistics early.”

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Red Winger's avatar

“When you get the coaches an opportunity here to coach and implement systems, by the end of the year, scoring is going to come down

Sadly, KH is correct here

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 04:02 PM ET

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All the youth in the league, they don’t check like veterans. They’re hockey players. They’re okay exchanging chances. It’s adding to more scoring chances,” Holland said. “

I guess the Wings have the 2nd best checking team, as KH has put together the 2nd Oldest team in the league. Stop talking KH, you sound like an idiot

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 10/27/16 at 07:18 PM ET

Colin's avatar

All the youth in the league, they don’t check like veterans. They’re hockey players. They’re okay exchanging chances. It’s adding to more scoring chances,” Holland said. “

I guess the Wings have the 2nd best checking team, as KH has put together the 2nd Oldest team in the league. Stop talking KH, you sound like an idiot

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 10/27/16 at 08:18 PM ET

He’s actually right here. The younger this league gets, the more open it gets.

“When you get the coaches an opportunity here to coach and implement systems, by the end of the year, scoring is going to come down

Sadly, KH is correct here

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 05:02 PM ET

Absolutely he is. Although, I think that contraction in goal scoring won’t be as pronounced this year.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 10/28/16 at 08:03 AM ET

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