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02-05-2013, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by lubesicle View Post
I play in a recreational ice/roller league and refs always treat the faceoffs as whatever.

In the NHL for faceoffs, what difference does it mean for the home team's center to put his stick down later? Is there an advantage? Or is it more a formality?

Are the NHL linesmen sometimes a little lax too about who puts their stick down first?

And are you allowed to hit the puck in the air just before it hits the ground? What if it's by accident?

Thanks
Erik
There is always an advantage to knowing how your opponent will set up. So the home team gets a nice little advantage to knowing what line goes out first and what faceoff stance he will be taking.

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