Size of ice?
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10-17-2011, 08:29 AM
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Of course Mannheim-Buffalo wasn't slow, Buffalo is an NHL-team, it's hard to get a slow game with such a team.
The point is, Berlin-Mannheim was faster and more intense than all the other DEL-games. The smaller ice, with bigger offensive zones, leads to faster play, because you have less time to make decisions. More ice obviously leads to more room to skate, but also more room between the players, thus more time for a player to slow things down and think about what he wants to do.
Again, big hits that lead to injury wouldn't be a problem here, because teams don't play like in the NHL. The DEL has far less hitting, especially on open ice, smaller ice wouldn't change that drastically.
Both sizes have their advantages and disadvantages. Discussing it is kind of a moot point though, because there aren't going to be any changes anytime soon.
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