When NHL general managers met on Tuesday, they discussed, among other things, possible ways to increase scoring in the league. And while—as Kathleen pointed out in yesterday's links—they're not exactly in a hurry to implement any changes, people have been sounding off on the best ways bump up the number of goals.
The most popular suggestion seems to be making nets bigger, but Sportsnet's Mark Spector says a better way to increase scoring is to decrease the size of goalie gear. In fact, he takes it a step further and says the initial reason behind bigger equipment—safety—wasn't much of a reason at all.
The shots were getting so hard, the Goalie Guild fibbed, that this elephantine gear was a safety requirement. And we never asked how that same stick technology never made its way to the end of the factory where they make the goalie equipment.
We were scammed, people.
If you're not buying Spector's argument, don't worry. The Washington Post's Neil Greenberg has another solution that doesn't involve nets or netminders: just have the refs call more power plays.
Since the 2005-06 season, power-play opportunities have been on a rapid decline, and they've done so at an even greater pace than the scoring drop.
NHL teams convert on the power play 19 percent of the time, on average, so an additional two power-play opportunities would result in 0.38 goals per team per game. That would buoy the scoring average up to 3.04 goals per team per game, a level we have seen twice in the past 20 seasons.
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