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Razor With an Edge: Rule Change Anniversaries

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 2:21 PM / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: Rule Change Anniversaries
Razor goes through the anniversaries of rule changes over the past 80 years and a rule that might need to come back from the 30s.

"What's past is prologue."
- Bill Shakespeare

10 Year (Gift: Aluminum - shaft of old two piece stick)

In 2003-04 the league made the decision to reverse the long standing jersey rule and have home teams wear their predominantly colored uniforms and wear their whites on the road. If you've read any of my recent musings you know that I'm a strong proponent of changing this rule to have teams wearing their colored unis at all times if the colors of the two teams playing are dissimilar. In the games in which the colors are too similar the home team will switch to white. (Do as I ask NHL)

20 Year (Gift: China - in a bull shop)

The rule governing goals scored with a 'high stick' (No, not a stick on meth) was changed from being a good goal if the puck was deflected in from below the player's shoulders to having to be below the height of the crossbar (Four feet).

25 Year (Gift: Silver - US Olympic hockey medal)

Helmets were made mandatory.

30 Year (Gift: Pearl - of Razor wisdom)

It was 83-84 that the NHL introduced the five minute overtime period to try to decide more tie games (Yeah, I didn't realize it was that long ago either). Sixteen years later the decision was made to play four players a side in OT instead of five (I'm willing to bet another augmentation is in the offing).

70 Year (Gift: None)

The red center line was put in to help speed up the game and reduce offside calls. (Sixty-two years later it was 'taken out' to help speed up the game and eliminate two-line offside passes) Irony or evolution? The 1943 rule change is widely viewed as the beginning of the modern era of the NHL. The 2005 change must then be the beginning of the modern, modern era? (Time to go back to the future?)

75 Year (Gift: Diamonds/Gold - Stanley Cup Ring)

Players first being allowed to skate in on the goaltender when awarded a penalty shot. (Prior to this it was just a shot. Imagine how dull Shootouts would be today if that was the case)

80 Year (Gift: Nurse)

Number of players allowed to stand in the defensive zone limited to 3 players including the goalie. (You want offense 2013-14 NHL, reintroduce this gem from the early 30s)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 48 28 25 1 53
J. Benn 48 16 28 -2 44
J. Spezza 48 8 27 -4 35
T. Daley 45 12 12 -7 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 48 1 22 8 23
A. Roussel 48 11 11 -1 22
C. Eakin 45 9 13 8 22
J. Klingberg 34 7 13 8 20
A. Hemsky 45 8 11 -6 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 20 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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