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12-28-2003, 12:48 PM
Mr. Fancy Pants
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Originally Posted by Egil
The BIGGEST difference between the WJC and the NHL, in terms of the rules employed is the tag up offsides. If the NHL readopted the tag up rule, the league would be in FAR better shape today.
I agree with this. Watching a game with a tag-up offside just seems more natural as well. So many times in the NHL the puck will go in offside and the defensive team will just stand around in their zone daring the other team to come after the puck. If the puck goes past the faceoff dots, then the whistle is blown resulting in a meaningless faceoff.

Clearly the lack of tagging up favours the defensive aspect of the game since the defenders have more time and space to prepare to come out of their zone without worrying about losing the puck as a result of a forecheck. Also, it gives the other team more time to get in position for the trap because going after the puck in the offensive zone while offside is pointless.

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