For years, the number of goals scored in the NHL has been steadily increasing. Teams now average more than 3 goals per game, which hasn’t happened since the early 1990s. The lowest point was in 2003-2004, when the average was 2.57 goals per game.
The question is, “Why do teams score more?”
Here are some theories put forward by many experts.
1. Amending and applying the rules
In the 1990s and early 2000s, games were relatively sluggish and sluggish. Defensive hockey used to be the norm, but starting in the 2005-2006 season, block-related penalties such as holding, tearing, checking, etc. They were severely punished and other rule changes were made to open up the game to more skill.
2. More talented players
With less talented players unable to make up for their deficit through bookings, skirmishes, etc., teams suddenly found themselves with three (or sometimes four) lines able to contribute to the attack. Today, in the NHL, there are many scorers with 20 goals, even on the third line of the team.
3. More goals in extra time
NHL games end in overtime about a quarter of the time. Since the move to 3-on-3 overtime, about half of these games end in overtime rather than going to penalties.
4. Better technology
Players have better access to advanced technology, including hockey sticks. Gone are the days of a few players clinging to a wooden hockey stick. Today, all NHL players have a dangerous shot.
5. More advocates involved
Defenders are more active in creating offense and score more. Today, the best defenders regularly score more than one point per game.
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