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05-05-2013, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
Yep, we're entering a new low scoring era; scoring has been steadily decreasing since the last lockout's scoring spike. I've seen several theories put together for this. My favorite one is:

1) Better pads for skaters allows for increased shot blocking. Teams can just clog the middle and take away that alley.
2) Large goalie pads combined with the continued evolution of positional/butterfly goaltending means poor angle shots aren't very dangerous anymore.

So you won't be scoring as much from the boards, and getting pucks through the center areas is difficult; makes sense to me, based on what we see. Teams barely bother with board shots anymore (Kane goal aside...) because those shots don't score. We see players fighting for dirty goals, deflections, or the perfect pass. In short, it's just damned difficult to score.
Also add the amount of blatant interference being allowed back into the game.

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