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Which is more likely to result in a goal: a penalty shot or a power play?

Statistically speaking, is a hockey team (in the NHL) more likely to score on a power play or with a penalty shot? Often times this is something I wonder when a player is tripped on a near breakaway ...
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How do you correctly learn how to hockey stop

I am having the damnedest time learning to "hockey stop" on ice. I used to play a lot of roller hockey when I was younger and started to learn to ice skate and played a very little bit when I was in ...
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Really Fat Hockey Goalies

I've always wondered why some creative hockey team doesn't find a sumo wrestler, strap a pair of size XXXXXXXL skates to his feet, and tell him "sit there in front of the goal". Simply based on their ...
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Roles of Captains in Ice-Hockey

When I get around to watching the NHL, I notice a few players wearing a "C" or "A" patch on their jerseys. I understood this to be Captain and Assistant Captain. What are the roles of "C" and "A" on ...
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Ice Hockey Skates for People With Flat Feet

I have extremely flat feet, to the point that any arch in a shoe is painful. There is no orthotic or other insert that has an arch that helps because my foot is completely flat; arches actually give ...
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Origin of this generic hockey photo

In my experience, whenever some group, company or organization wants to feature an image of hockey in their print or display media, they use the generic image below that seems to come from an actual ...
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Which athletes were the first to break the color barriers in hockey?

Ice hockey, by nature of being a sport developed by British colonialists, has largely been made up of teams of people who can trace their ancestry to the British isles, the Nordic regions of Europe, ...
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Do traded players get their names on the Stanley Cup if previous team wins?

So, I would assume the answer to this question is "No", but I can't actually verify it anywhere. The criteria for getting your name on the cup is to play at least 41 regular season games for the cup ...
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Are penalty shots counted in goalie's saves percentage and goal against average?

Two statistics, that are most frequently given for ice-hockey goaltenders are save percentage and goal against average. Are goals from penalty shots counted into these two statistics? (I mean ...
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In ice hockey, how is plus/minus calculated?

In ice hockey, how is plus/minus calculated when it comes to individual player's stats. Also, on a broader scale, what does plus/minus mean exactly? Unsure if I'm being redundant here.
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Tell-tale signs for dull skates

I'm relatively new to skating and hockey. I recently acquired some used hockey skates and I'm wondering if there are some tell-tale signs for when I should go get my skates sharpened. Or alternatively,...
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What are wild card standings in NHL?

I have noticed that on the NHL website, starting from this year, there are not only standings in league, conferences and divisions (which used to be there last year, too), but also some kind of ...
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Why do some hockey players kneel as they take a shot?

I was watching the Rangers vs Islanders game, and McDonaugh scored a goal while down on one knee, a bit like . Here is video of the goal at NHL website and on youtube. I've seen lots of players do ...
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What happens when a member of the away team scores a hat trick in NHL?

When a member of the home team scores a hat trick, it is normal for fans to throw their hats on the ice (usually causing a delay). Does the same apply for when a member of the away team scores a hat ...
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Soccer “Shot” VS Hockey “Shot”

When a player shoots the ball in soccer, it's counted as a "shot" regardless of whether it goes wide, gets saved by the goalie, or goes in as a goal. However, in hockey, a shot is only counted as a "...
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Do Stanley Cup Champions get a replica of the cup?

In most sports the champions of a cup get to keep it. For example NFL champions keep the Lombardi Trophy. However, the Stanley Cup is unique and NHL champions don't get to keep it forever. But do they ...
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Consensus on the goalie 'hole' numbering in Hockey?

In ice hockey, it seems fairly well agreed upon that there are 5 main 'holes' to aim for when shooting on the net. Upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right, and between the goalie's legs. ...
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Which player was named the first star in most NHL matches?

After a match in NHL (both in regular season and in Stanley Cup) three players are named three stars of the game. See also: Hockey Players Introduced After a Game What is the record for number of ...
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Double Minor Penalty Kill Counts as 1 or 2 Kills?

In NHL hockey when you receive a double minor penalty (4:00 penalty given for example high sticking leading to bleeding) does this count as 2 separate penalty kills if no goals are scored during the 4 ...
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Why do ice hockey players get thrown out of the face off circle?

Why are players thrown out of a face-off? I've heard there is a certain procedure for these circumstances, but I haven't found a list of things that are considered 'illegal'.
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Why have the number of power play opportunities steadily decreased since the 2005-2006 NHL season?

According to NHL stats found here, the number of total power play opportunities went from: 14,390 during the 2005-2006 season to 10,227 during the 2008-2009 season to 8,055 during the 2013-2014 ...
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In which part of ice hockey game most goals are scored?

It is quite natural that various part of hockey game have different dynamics and also different likelihood of scoring a goal. There are several factors. Players get more tired with time. In second ...
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Why do ice hockey teams usually replace their goalie after an empty net goal?

In ice hockey, when a team is losing by a goal in the last few minutes, the coach usually pulls the goalie and replaces them with another player, leaving the net empty, but this doesn't matter since ...
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Why does Ice Hockey have 3 periods?

It’s obvious why most sports would have an even number of periods of play. It keeps everything fair as each team has the same amount of time on each end. So why in Ice Hockey are there 3 periods? It ...
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What was the first team to use the 1-3-1 Forecheck

I'm a big hockey guy, but over the last 2 or so seasons I've seen the Tampa Bay Lightning use the incredibly boring 1-3-1 forecheck. As you see in the picture below, the Tampa Bay Lightning (blue) is ...
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What action was Logan Couture referring to when describing Sidney Crosby as cheating on faceoffs?

I am a huge hockey fan but I am not 100% clear on the rules.. This has to do with the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So after last night's overtime victory, goal scored by Conor Sheary.. Crosby was ...
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Hockey Players Introduced After a Game

At a NAHL game, I noticed as I was leaving that a few players, one by one, were being introduced back onto the ice after the game to have (what I describe as) a victory lap. I didn't pay attention to ...
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Is is possible for the puck to hit a side post and still completely cross the goal line?

Let me preface this question by stating that I'm a youth hockey ref, and we don't have video goal review in our games. I had a situation the other night where a shooter fired a shot from about ...
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How come Belarus played 4–5 against Finland on IIHF World Championships?

In yesterday’s game BLR–FIN, at 59:16 with Belarus trailing 0–1, Belarussian player injured a Finnish player with a high stick, and received double minor penalty (2+2) for that. However, during the ...
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What is a healthy scratch?

NHL announcers constantly mention it, and I've seen some news articles online referring to players who used to be / are a healthy scratch. What is a healthy scratch? I didn't find anything on Google'...
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Determining Goalie Stick Length

As an ice hockey goalie, I find it a bit hard to determine the correct length for my stick while at the store. I often find myself trying a few different lengths and even after buying it I'm ...
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How much protection do NHL referees wear?

I'm wondering how much protection NHL referees wear aside the helmet. I've seen referees that had to either leave game or where on ice for a long time after getting hit or falling awkwardly. Those ...
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Is there a rule preventing two goaltenders at once on ice for the same team during NHL game?

This isn't a question about logistics of doing so, it's about rules: If a team decided — in a high-stakes, last 30 seconds game — to have a second goalie secure an 'outer perimeter'- or maybe a ...
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What is tie-breaking procedure in NHL (regular season)?

What is tie-breaking procedure in NHL (regular season)? How are standings for the teams in the NHL table decided. What is used as a secondary criterion, if the teams have the same number of points? ...
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Why is fighting tolerated in ice hockey?

The rules by the International Ice Hockey Federation (for men at least) says this - Basically, there's a penalty for fighting. I think it's the same in the NHL and I'm unfamiliar with any other ...
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Vegas NHL team and trades

If I remember correctly, the new Las Vegas NHL team will be picking third in each round of the 2017 Entry Draft and will be subject to the draft lottery as well. I have a question: Are the existing ...
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USAHockey registration purpose?

So I've been just recently mastering ice skating and I'm getting pretty good at hockey from practice and I'm considering vouching for a small team to join soon. I gave a few proposals, but was asked ...
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When playing ice hockey and giving a pass at the blue line, who should go first?

I didin't know how to clearly express my question, so here are a few explanation. I'm currently playing in a small hockey club at a quite low level, and we always do this exercise where all the ...
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Solo goalie drills

As a goalie who got most of his experience just playing in local leagues, I never have had much practice in solo goalie drills. In general when I goto play in my local practice/scrimmage league, our ...
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Penalty conversion rates: Football (soccer) vs Hockey

What's the conversion rate of penalties in football vs. ice-hockey? I realise that it would be different/dependent on the league but any two major leagues of comparable level would be interesting. For ...
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How is the slashing rule enforced in hockey?

From the NHL rulebook: 61.1 Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the ...
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How many times have the Stanley Cup Finals featured two Canadian teams?

How many times have the Stanley Cup Finals been played between two Canadian hockey teams?
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What determines if a hand pass is legal in the NHL?

What are the conditions that make a hand pass legal or illegal? I have seen players swat the puck to a teammate and not get whistled for the a hand pass and I have see players get whistled for what ...
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LA Kings' “That 70's line”

I was watching the Kings vs Canucks last night and the commentators kept referring to Jeff Carter's line as the "70's line". What is the reason behind this? Also how long has it been called that? I ...
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Ovechkin's +/- in his recent hat trick game

Alex Ovechkin had 3 goals and 1 assist in Saturday's 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Devils only scored 1 goal so I'd assume his minimum +/-, assuming he was on the ice when the Devils scored, ...
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Why are coaches potentially allowed to play as goalies in the NHL?

I was just watching ESPN and a team (Florida Panthers I think) had both goalies hurt and they showed an ASSISTANT COACH suit up to get ready to play. He didn't need to go out but I'm just curious ...
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What is meant by a natural hat trick in hockey?

While reading this article on NHL.com I noticed that they mentioned several times that Jori Lehtera recorded a natural hat trick. I assume they say natural hat trick to contrast it to another type of ...
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What exactly are player performance bonuses?

This term was brought up in another question. I know that players can receive signing bonuses etc. But can they receive performance bonuses in a salary capped league? To my knowledge, in the NHL for ...
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NHL Playoff Clean Sweep

After reading How many times has a 4 game sweep occurred during the Stanley Cup finals?, I was curious if there has ever been a team who has not lost a game during the NHL playoff to win the cup.
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How many times has an NHL hat trick been scored with only 3 shots?

How many NHL players have (like Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon on 20th February 2015) have had only three shots in a game and scored a hat trick?