From the NY Times.com Slap Shot blog:
Lots of the buzz surrounding today’s meeting of N.H.L. general
managers concerns the
proposal by Florida’s Dale Tallon to institute a coach’s challenge.
One reason that proposal has gotten so much attention is that it was
sparked by a game involving the Maple Leafs and anything involving the
Maple Leafs is almost guaranteed to generate a disproportionate amount
Shoats of The Globe and Mail reported earlier today that Tallon’s
proposal “died a quick death.”
But there were other items on the agenda as well, including the
new rule on head checks, players’ trash talking and confrontations
during pre-game warmups, the role of social media, the league’s scouting
combine and, most intriguingly, the league’s overtime and shootout
Regular readers of The Morning Skate know our longstanding, multifaceted dislike of the
post-game skills competition that is used to award a bonus point for
N.H.L. games that are tied after overtime.
The league had signaled disillusionment with the shootout by changing
its tie-breaking formula for this season: if teams are tied in the
standings, the first tiebreaker is now the greater number of games won
by a club excluding games won in the shootout.
That little tweak may already be having an impact. The number of
shootouts are down this season.
Of the 203 games played, 41 have gone to overtime and of those, 16
have gone to the shootout (although there were five in the first six
days of November). Last year through 203 games, 50 had gone to overtime
and 31 went to the shootout. So the number of shootouts has been cut
almost in half.
Two years ago through 203 games, 52 games went to overtime and 28 of
those went to shootout. The total number of of shootouts last season was
184 in 1,230 games, which was up from 159 two seasons ago.