Summer is drawing to a close – we had enough of tanning on the seaside or hiking in the sunlit mountains and sleeping under the stars. It's almost September – and there are less than two months left until the start of the new hockey season – on October 8.
The opening game of the season will be played in Toronto, by the local team against visiting Montreal on Wednesday, the 8th of October. From then on, we will have loads of quality games to watch until the summer returns in April next year.
The NHL Board of Governors has made a few changes to the rules before the season. Let's see a short review of these:
- Goaltenders can now play the puck in a four feet wider area than before
- The hashmarks outside the faceoff circles are not of five feet wide instead of 3.5
- Teams will change ends and the ice will be dry-scraped before any overtime period to maximize scoring in overtime and decrease shootouts
- When it comes to shootouts, coaches will no longer be required to submit a list of participant prior to the game, instead they will be free to pick who shoots next