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Jun 10, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards (91) takes the opening face off against Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) in game four of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 10, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards (91) takes the opening face off against Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) in game four of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

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According to NHL.com the Board of Governors has approved changes to the regular season overtime format, expansion of video replay, and a change to faceoff procedures.

The new overtime format will feature 3-on-3 hockey for five minutes. This is designed to create more open ice opportunities for offense and reduce the likelihood of a shootout. If the game remains tied after the five minute overtime period it will then proceed to go to a shootout. This model was tested in the AHL in the past season with very promising results increasing the percentage of games that go into overtime but end before a shootout from 35.3 percent in 2013-14 to 75 percent in the past season. The new model ensures faster and more exciting gameplay in overtime and helps to avoid games being settled in a shootout, something not many people like to see.

Video replay has been expanding to coaches challenges. However, a coach may only challenge a goal that has a potentially missed offside call or a goal interference call. This change will help ensure that games are more correctly called giving teams and fans less to complain about after it’s all said and done.

The new faceoff rules requires the player that is in his defensive zone to declare first. Previously the procedures required the visiting player to declare first. Now those rules only come into play when the faceoff is being taken from center ice. While this partially take away from home ice advantage, it does make things fairer in the faceoff circle.

For the most part these changes will be for the better in the League. They allow for more fair gameplay and more decisive and less controversial victories.

 

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