10 surprises that made October in the NHL intriguing – NHL.com

One month in the books, and the Presidents’ Trophy for October goes to the …

OK, so that’s not actually a thing and we won’t go there. It’s way too early to hand out hardware, but it’s not too early to be surprised and intrigued by what’s happening in the NHL.

With that in mind, here are 10 surprises, in no particular order, that made October in the NHL intriguing:

OT changes working

This should not necessarily be considered a surprise because it was the intention when the NHL made the changes to the overtime format, but through Friday the percentage of overtime games that extend into a shootout is down from last season.

Here are the numbers:

This season: 151 games played (through Friday):

41 overtime games, 21 decided in a shootout (51.2 percent)

Last season: 151 games played

32 overtime games, 21 decided in a shootout (65.6 percent)

Last season: 1,230 games played (entire season):

309 overtime games, 178 decided in a shootout (57.9 percent)

The NHL made changes to address the concerns among general managers that too many games were extending into the shootout.

The League implemented a dry scrape before overtime rather than before the shootout to provide a cleaner ice sheet for the five-minute 4-on-4 session. The League also put in a rule requiring teams to switch ends for overtime, creating the long-change factor that exists in the second period, historically the period that features the most goals.

The changes appear to have made a difference so far.

Life on the Island

The New York Islanders appear poised to give Nassau Coliseum the send-off it deserves — a chance at packing 15,000-plus inside the old barn for some Stanley Cup Playoff hockey.

The Islanders are one of the most interesting teams in the League so far this season. General manager Garth Snow deserves a lot of credit.

Snow identified the …read more

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