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Poll results: Should the NHL change its penalty shot rules?

Jun 19, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for breakaway.jpgAn NHL team would always prefer a penalty shot to nothing at all, but what happens when the guy receiving it barely has a prayer of scoring? Sure, it usually takes a fleeter-of-foot (and therefore, often more-skilled) player to produce most breakaways, but that’s not a guarantee. Especially if the guy received the opportunity because he stepped out of the penalty box at the ideal time.

So, with that thought in mind, I polled PHT readers to find out the best way to handle that situation. Should the team be able to choose which player takes the penalty shot, as is done in Olympic competition? Maybe an NHL team can decide on case-by-case basis if it wants to take the penalty shot or a normal two-minute powerplay? Then again, some readers might just want to keep it the same way.

Take a look at the poll results below. (Click to enlarge)

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As you can see, the most popular choice was the one I lean toward a little bit: give the team a choice between a PP or a penalty shot while keeping the rule the same was the closest runner-up.

Who knows if the NHL will ever change the rule. It’s not really a life-or-death question, but I still think it’s a rule that could benefit from a minor tweak or two. What do you think?

  1. Roberto L. Rivera - Jun 19, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Leave it the way it is stupid. Why are people always looking to change sport rules. The penalty shot is the best. better than the stupid idea your talking about. No to two minute power play.

  2. Roberto L. Rivera - Jun 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    No to rule change. If aint broke why fix it.

  3. Tapeleg - Jun 20, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    I don’t understand what the ‘problem’ is. Leave it, and call the rule correctly.

  4. Josh - Jun 20, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Actually, I’d say there are other stuff that needs changing. Totally forbidding cross checking and hooking would clean up the game so much. An alternative would be to go to 4 on 4 for the whole game. It would make the game so exciting, with constant up and down action. It really highlights the beauty of hockey’s speed and skill, and puts it on full dispaly. NHLPA’s fears that it’ll reduce jobs is unfounded. There’s no need for total roster spots to change.

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