Thursday, May 7, 2009

New Puck Prospectus Post: "What Power-Play?"

"After the 2007-08 season, the NHL changed a rule in order to increase offense on the power play. In the past, when a penalty was called, the first power play faceoff was taken wherever the puck was touched. Starting with the 2008-09 season, faceoffs were now going to be in the penalized team's defensive zone. This had the desired impact - teams no longer had to skate the length of the ice when they had the man advantage, so they had the opportunity to spend a little bit more time on their actual power play. The overall impact was a nine percent increase in power play scoring..."

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fantastic article. speaking subjectively, it certainly seems as though we've seen some sick goaltending in this year's playoffs.
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