News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 3/29/2012

Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 11:10 AM PT
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp
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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 3\/29\/2012


So in a weird chance of fate Gary Bettman calls in sick and big boys in New York call me to let me know I’m now in charge….

Here’s how my first day on the job goes:

--Reduce the regular season schedule to 70 games. The level of hockey would move to another level. 82 games is just too many games to ask of a player. Teams need their rest and quality practices. I’ll let the revenue guys figure out how to make this work.

--Move struggling franchises to viable Canadian markets. Put teams in Quebec City, Hamilton or a second team in Toronto. Contract from 2 to 4 teams and work to make game.

--Split alignment into 3 conferences….East West and Canadian. Play a schedule heavy inside the division. Play mini-series with 2 home and 2 road vs one other conference. Play a 1 and 1 versus the other conference. Play limited number of regular season games in Europe. The plan is to have a European conference establish in the next 10 years.

--Eliminate the trapezoid for goaltenders to play the puck. Skill should be rewarded. If your goalie handles the puck well, he should be allowed to.

--Change the use of the red line for offside. Passes across the red line are only allowable if the passing team gets out past their own blue line. This would eliminate the “oh I hope someone gets this hard pass along the boards.

--Immediately go to the no touch icing. Why put any player in a position to be hurt?

--Go to a 10-minute 4 on 4 overtime. Register a tie and give each team 1 point. Eliminate the 3-point game and getting a point for losing.

--Change the individual player point system. Give 3 points for a goal, 2 points for a first assist and 1 point for a second assist.

--Change the powerplay and penalty killing stats. Rather than count powerplay opportunities use total powerplay time to make a powerplay index. Presently a team is credited with a pp opportunity regardless of the time being 2 minutes or one second. Take total pp time and divide by number of goals. Say the Sharks in a 10-game segment score 9 goals on 72 minutes…72 divided by 9 goals. Gives team an index of 8, meaning the Sharks score one goal for every 8 minutes of powerplay time. Same can be set up for penalty kill index. Check this link out from a Kings blogger.

--Make every player use a wood-colored stick, regardless of make and model of their stick. This would give a cleaner look for telecasts. While I’m at it….eliminate all dasher board ads.

The bad news is…New York has called and Commissioner Bettman is feeling much better and will be in by the afternoon.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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