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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 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 47 28 25 2 53
J. Benn 47 14 28 -2 42
J. Spezza 47 8 27 -4 35
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 47 1 22 6 23
A. Roussel 47 11 11 -3 22
T. Daley 44 11 10 -9 21
C. Eakin 44 9 12 5 21
A. Hemsky 44 7 11 -6 18
J. Klingberg 33 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 19 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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