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NHL trends at the quarter mark of 2022-23: Which will continue?


There are some trends found around a quarter of the NHL season that are known to persist. For example, the oft-cited statistic that teams in the Thanksgiving playoffs made the playoffs 77% of the time during the salary cap era (since 2005-2006).

But for every harbinger of things to come, there are deviations and trends early in the season that are almost forgotten by the end of the season.

Here are a few NHL trends that caught our attention in the first quarter of the season, and if there’s any evidence they’ll continue into the 2022-23 campaign.

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After the NHL’s best scoring season in 26 years, offense continued to boom in 2022-23.

Last season, the NHL averaged 3.14 goals per team per game, the highest since the 1995-96 season (also averaging 3.14 goals). There were many factors that contributed to this result.

Some of these were specific to NHL seasons affected by the COVID pandemic, such as the lack of a roster and the fact that teams used a record number of goaltenders in the 2021-2022 season. But some of them were part of a broader trend that points to an offensive era in the NHL. The number of goals scored has increased for five consecutive seasons (minus the shortened 2020–21 season). So far, the 2022-23 season is on track to extend this streak. In 330 games, teams scored an average of 3.16 goals per game.

As mentioned, there are several multi-season trends that have contributed to NHL goal scoring. Teams are built on speed over physical strength, with three scoring lanes and a fourth line that should also do its bit. The NHL youth movement also has a role to play, not only in the incredible offensive creativity of these talents, but because of what they do. don’t do it on the other end of the ice. “A lot of these young guys don’t have a lot of defensive detail,” veteran NHL coach Barry Trotz told us earlier this year, “but they have great skills, so it’s a little broader.”

The analytics have helped players and coaches better understand high-risk shot opportunities and have changed the way they play offense, from the days of quick spot shots to skillful wrist shots designed to create rebounds and deflections. Meanwhile, years of subtle rule changes have made it harder to defend against such odds.

Will it continue?

Source: www.espn.com