With the time without hockey drawing to a close, this is the perfect time for perhaps the most radical change to increase scoring. In the past each NHL rink was unique, different sizes, different angles, and board heights that varied widely. Unfortunately those days are no more, and you an hardly tell where a game is being played unless you can see the log at center ice. While I would be the first to cheer the return to unique arenas like the Old Boston Garden, the Aud, and the Montreal Forum, it just isn’t practical.

Instead, I propose moving all faceoffs not following a penalty to the home team in the third period be moved to the offensive blueline of the home team. When it comes to driving ticket sales, and viewership in each city, nothing works like winning. Supercharging the ability of the home team to score goals by giving them sixty feet of  ice will make teams that struggle to draw a bit more attractive to casual fans

There are two types of teams that struggle to score goals. Teams like the Edmonton Oilers have been in recent years that have a great deal of difficulty getting the puck out of their own defensive zone, and teams like the Saint Louis Blues or Nashville Predators who either aren’t in the top half of the league in offensive depth, or  who play a system that doesn’t lend itself to aggressive offensive pushes.

You can also read parts one two and three.


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  • This is the NHL, not the XHL.

    This is dumb in my opinion. If you are going to do this to give an advantage to the home team, why only do it for 1/3 of the game? I also don’t see how it is going to increase scoring in the league as a whole. It just helps to tilt the game in favor of one team based on the location of the game. In baseball, home teams bat last and in football, the visiting team gets to call the coin toss, but neither of these quirks gives a team a tangible competitive edge during gameplay that this rule would in hockey. This rule change would punish teams that maintain offense possession and force the goalie to cover up the puck. A frozen puck results in an offensive face-off for one team. The team that earned that face-off. Your rule change guarantees that every stoppage of play begins in neutral ice. How does moving a face-off from one team’s offensive zone to neutral ice increase scoring?

    You mention casual fans in your post. This seems like a needlessly convoluted rule that could actually drive viewership away from the game as a result. It would necessitate changes to other rules, as well. If the home team ices the puck, they get a face-off at their offensive blue line? This turns icing into an positive for the home team in the third period, but a negative for the first two periods. If the home team has a possession in their zone and force the goalie to tie it up, the face-off is moved from in the zone to outside of the zone? Home teams in the defensive zone could just try to pin the puck up against the boards and draw a whistle, giving them a offensive blue line face-off. If a home team player takes a shot that hits the post and goes out of play, the face-off comes out of the zone and put at the blue line? If a visiting team takes a shot of the post and out of play, they get punished by the rules even more than they do now?

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    If the goal is to score more goals, then goalie equipment could be even smaller. I know it got large and has been bought back a little. I just have visions of the old pads and how many goals there were. And to add a little controversy, there’s no way Gretzky scores that many goals in today’s game, not with those pads 😛

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