Dan McCourt, an NHL linseman, was on the Wing pregame last nite. He was a linseman for one of the AHL games with the expanded lines a few days ago and his thought was nothing was different. Felt it was easier for the linsemen to call offsides, but had little effect on the game. He told the Wings arena manager not to worry, he will not be painting bigger blue lines in the near future.
I've been to 2 AHL games with it, made a slight difference, but not nearly enough to 'change' the game. The only thing I want is for penalties to be called, I'm happy watching defensive hockey, if it's a good game.