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02-19-2013, 06:17 PM
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It can't hurt to reduce the thigh rises and cut back on some of the excessive chest protector padding. If the NHL wants to be diplomatic about it, go back to wooden sticks as well.

Better training, increased average height, and team defense are all valid reasons why scoring is down. That said, it'll be a different game when shots from outside the "house" become dangerous again. Teams will have to pressure the points and sideboards again, opening up the slot. Players will opt to shoot instead of make an extra pass that is incomplete or gets intercepted. I think you'll see a different game. I don't think its going to be the same game with the addition of the odd "bad goal" and more injuries.

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