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Why were the 50s and 60s low scoring?

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Why were the 50s and 60s low scoring?

I often hear that athletes are much better now, and that's why every game is such a battle to score goals. I also hear the reason why scoring was so high was that goalies were terrible, and defensemen were pylons in the 80s.

Why were the 50s and 60s so low scoring then? The 70s and 80s were still largely north american talent, so european infusion can't be cited as a reason to increased scoring.

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well, 12 less games per season might be one of the reasons

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Goals per game was much lower back then as well.

http://www.hockey-fans.com/stats/analysis.php

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I'm guessing expansion played a large part.

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Contrary to the common perception, scoring goes down as Talent is increased. This is why the AHL and CHL have much more scoring than the NHL....

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It's just a theory but maybe because there was so few teams they were familiar with each player a lot better making them easier to defend against. This would act in the same way how teams review tapes of games nowadays making players easier to defend against. I wasn't alive back then so who knows. Maybe there someone around here that actually remembers the games, i'm sure they could come up with something better.

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I'm guessing expansion played a large part.
why did scoring go down when the nhl expanded from 21 to 30 in the 90s?

people say scoring is down due to a diluted talent pool.

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This article addresses some of your questions.

http://www.calgarypuck.com/Charlton_100900.htm

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why did scoring go down when the nhl expanded from 21 to 30 in the 90s?

people say scoring is down due to a diluted talent pool.

I don't think you can compare the two expansions. I'm no expert on this but I'm pretty sure you'll find that individual scoring went way up after the expansion of the late 60s.

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This article addresses some of your questions.

http://www.calgarypuck.com/Charlton_100900.htm
interesting article. it says the european infusion of the late 80s and 90s helped kept the scoring down despite the expansion.

i never realized that the higher the talent level the lower the scoring trends.

can we conclude that lower scoring due to diluted talent pool is a myth? edit: it looks like egil already concluded that

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