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IT'S OFFICIAL: THE NEW NHL = MORE OFFENSE

Monday, 10.10.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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IT\'S OFFICIAL: THE NEW NHL = MORE OFFENSE
Everything is up: goals, shots and attendance

According to statistics released this afternoon by the NHL, the new rules are having an effect on the scoresheet and quite possibly the stands. Through the first 40 games of the 2005-06 season, NHL teams were scoring more goals, taking more shots and generating more offense than through a similar period in 2003-04. Entering Monday's play, new rules and a new standard of enforcing them clearly had played a role in a significant upsurge in several statistical categories:

Goals Way Up
A total of 255 goals, an average of 6.4 per game, have been scored in 40 games.  The figure represents a 41% increase over the average of 4.5 goals scored in the first 40 games of the 2003-04 season.

The goal-scoring increase is reflected in all on-ice situations -- even-strength goals are up 42%, power-play markers are up 40%.

Shots On Goal Way Up
Clubs have combined for an average of 58.9 shots per game, 13% above the corresponding 2003-04 figure of 52.3 shots.

Comebacks Way Up
Five clubs have overcome a two-goal deficit to win in the season's first 40 games, up 400% over the one club that had managed the feat through the corresponding number of games in 2003-04.

Late-Game Dramatics Way Up
There have been 10 go-ahead goals within last five minutes of regulation time, up 400% over the two such goals in 2003-04.

Attendance Way Up
A total of 706,936 fans have attended the 40 games, a per-game average of 17,673, 94.9% of capacity, and 6.2% above the corresponding 2003-04 figure of 16,643.

Overtime Goals Way Up
Four of the eight games that have gone to overtime have been decided in the extra period, double the two goals scored in the first eight OT games in 2003-04.

Shutouts Way Down
Goaltenders have recorded three shutouts in 40 games, 70% fewer than the 10 shutouts posted through 40 games in 2003-04, and Florida's Roberto Luongo had notched two of them (Ottawa's Dominik Hasek had the other).

Fighting Way Down
A total of 29 major penalties for fighting have been assessed, a drop of 40% over the 48 through 40 games in 2003-04.  Twenty-nine of the 40 games, or 72.5%, have been fight-free.

Shootouts Creating Excitement, Storylines, Highlight Video
Ottawa Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek evoked memories of his dominant shootout performance for the Czech Republic against Canada in the semifinals of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in the first shootout in NHL history Wednesday.  Hasek stopped Toronto's Jason Allison and Eric Lindros in consecutive attempts and Sens newcomer Dany Heatley clinched the victory with a goal on Ottawa's third attempt.

Carolina Hurricanes rookie goaltender Cam Ward, making his first career NHL start, enjoyed an unforgettable debut in a 3-2 shootout victory Friday against Pittsburgh.  In front of a sellout crowd in Raleigh at the home opener, Ward blanked the formidable Penguins trio of Mario Lemieux, Zigmund Palffy and Sidney Crosby in the shootout.

Nashville Predators star free agent Paul Kariya, who scored a game-tying, third-period goal in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against San Jose on opening night, was the hometown hero for the second time in as many games Saturday against Anaheim.  The clubs entered the shootout tied 2-2 and the first five penalty-shot attempts were unsuccessful.  With the game on his stick, Kariya, the third Nashville shooter, skated in and beat Ducks goaltender J-S Giguere over the shoulder to win the game and delight the Nashville crowd.

Through 40 games in 2003-04, there had been only six tied games.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 8 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 8 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 8 3 2 0 5
B. Nelson 8 1 4 -3 5
A. Quine 8 1 4 1 5
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
T. Hickey 8 1 3 -3 4
S. Prince 8 3 0 2 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
N. Leddy 8 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 3 0 .937 2.06
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