okay, was watching a bit of the Senators game and they talked about 4 rules adjustments.
If anybody has a good explanation, I'd love it.
1. interference--allow you a half second to bump somebody without the puck? seems a little subjective...
2. slashing--- calling more of it? not just the hands? again, seems a little subjective
3. covering the puck with your hand.... i get that.
4. winning a faceoff with your hands is apparently now a penalty.
It's the interference and the slashing, I don't get the adjustment, I guess.
IMO slashing and interference have always been subjective. Players have largely been allowed to make contact immediately after a puck carrier has gotten rid of the puck. Slashing... well... I think we've all seen our fair share of stick penalties called when they shouldn't have been or not called when they should have been.
Some very high scoring games today, is that mostly due to defense/goalies being unprepared?
Maybe. One might hypothesize blueline issues in the case of Detroit and Vancouver, given their significant changes on D - and in both cases the goaltender was eventually pulled. And while I didn't see the whole games, going from highlights Ward and Pavelec were... not exactly lighting the world on fire. Quick sounded like he was way off his game today (ask BFC about that one; he and I split the LA/CHI and PHI/PIT games and texted eachother updates).
I assume this isn't going to be the norm, at least. (Although in the case of Detroit I really, really hope it is. )