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Questions about the National Hockey League (NHL), a league physically located in North America that houses many of the top international players. Generally respected as the 'top-tier' of hockey, in terms of salary and talent.

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Who comes out of the penalty box after goal?

Suppose that Team 1 has players Adam and Bob. Adam takes a double minor penalty, and during the powerplay, Bob takes a 2 minute minor. Then, on the 5-on-3 powerplay, Team 2 scores a goal. Assuming ...
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How many players in the 2018 Stanley Cup finals have won a finals game before?

The Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights have made it to 2017-18 Stanley Cup finals. Neither team has won a Stanley cup final game before. Of all the NHL players in the 2018 Finals ...
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Fastest power play goal in the history of the NHL

Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals scored 2 seconds in the power play, late in the first period of game 1 of Eastern Conference finals of the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. What ...
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How many times the top 2 teams in the NHL have met in the playoffs?

The Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators have faced against each other in the second round of 2017-2018 season of NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Nashville finished the season with 117 points and won ...
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Worst shot differentials for a winning NHL team in the playoffs

The Winnipeg Jets were outshot 48 to 19 against the Nashville Predators in the series opener of the second round of the 2017-2018 NHL Stanly Cup playoffs. Despite the -29 shot differential, the jets ...
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Most distinct goal scorers in a team to start the NHL playoffs

The Las Vegas Golden Knights Swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. In those 4 games, the Golden Knights scored 7 goals, by 7 different players. This ...
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Why do centres take face offs in hockey?

I almost always see the centres take the face offs in the NHL. Is this part of the rulebook? If not, why isn't more common to see other players take face offs. I can understand why defensemen don't ...
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Longest time between goals in NHL playoffs

Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild scored a goal against the Winnipeg Jets on April 15th of the 2017/18 NHL season. The last playoffs goal he had scored came 9 years before that for the Carolina ...
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Why don’t they scrape/clean the ice with a zamboni after the 3rd period during the playoffs?

During the playoffs of NHL hockey, after the 3rd period, they don’t scrape/clean the ice with a zamboni. I figure this would cause players to perform less efficiently and potentially be dangerous due ...
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Is there any rule forcing a team to try to win?

The Montreal Canadiens have been eliminated from the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff contention, but now I cheer against them so they finish at the bottom of the standings, and might get first pick in the ...
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What proportion of NHL hat tricks are natural?

In sports such as football and hockey, a hat trick is an event where a player scores 3 goals in a game. In the NHL, a hat trick is said to be a natural hat trick, when a player scores 3 goals in a ...
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Statistical Indicators for Defensive Forward

Other than a forward's plus-minus rating, what are some other indicators that he is an asset to his team for being a defensive forward? I imagine hits would be one. PIM seems like it would be a ...
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NHL goalies with back to back 50 save regular season games

Henrik Lundqvist of New York Rangers made back to back 50 saves in wins against the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames in the 2017-18 season of the NHL. 50 save games are impressive feats for ...
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Is a hand pass cancelled if it touches the other team?

Is a hand pass washed out if it's deflected by a player of the opposing team? It happened here: 2/2/18 - Capitals @ Penguins - Period 2 - 8:06.
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Is offside called when a defender plays the puck into an attacker from a delayed offside?

Suppose a delayed offside is in effect, and a member of the defending team who gains control of the puck attempts to clear it. The puck inadvertently strikes an attacker when the attacker is still ...
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Consecutive goals scored by one player for a team

What is the NHL record for most consecutive goals scored by one player for a team? Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild has just scored 6 straight for them, over 3 games.
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Does the 2-2-1-1-1 format get used in 7-game series anymore?

I can't remember the last time I saw a playoff series in the NBA, NHL or MLB use the 2-2-1-1-1 format (as opposed to the 2-3-2). I understand the motivation. Usually the travel distances are so great,...
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Covering Puck in Crease

I know that it is a penalty shot if you conceal/cover/fall on the puck while it's in the crease ("No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, pick ...
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What is a “college free agent” in the NHL?

On 27th June 2017, Spencer Foo signed with the Calgary Flames as a "college free agent". My naive understanding of the NHL was that entry-level players came in via two routes: Either they are drafted,...
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How frequent is high sticking in Ice Hockey?

Are there any statistics for how frequently a specific penalty occurs in Ice Hockey? (any League?) I am specifically interested in high sticks.
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What happens if an own-goal is scored during a delayed penalty shot (ice hockey)?

The NHL rules are contradictory in this circumstance, and do not specify what course of action is to be taken. I know this is a little contrived, but is not a long-shot to occur. Relevant rules, ...
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What is the longest duration a team didn't register a shot on goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't have a shot on goal for about 37 minutes in game 1 of 2016-17 Stanley Cup finals. Although they fired a number of shots, they all either went wide or got blocked, and ...
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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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Has there been a time the 2 NBA or NHL teams in the playoffs final series got there without losing any games?

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers started the 2016-2017 postseason by winning their first 10 playoff games. Given their dominance, I'm wondering if there has ever been an NBA or NHL ...
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Puck going out of bounds 'directly' off faceoff

"When the puck goes outside the playing area directly off the face- off, regardless as to which player may have last contacted the puck, the face-off shall remain in the same spot and no penalty will ...
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How far out of the net can a goalie freeze the puck in the NHL?

Hockey goalies wear glove on one hand to catch the puck. I've seen the goalies freeze the puck by putting their glove on the puck when it's on ice feet outside of the crease. What are the goalie ...
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Whats the rule with broken stick / Object in play for ice hockey?

Rule 10 of the NHL rule book defines sticks and can be found Here I do not see an outline or ruling on what the proper course of play is when a player's broken stick is on the ice. Sometimes ...
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Why do ice hockey players tape their sticks?

I'm assuming it gives the players better puck handling abilities, but how? Wouldn't tape overlaps effect the handling? Also why don't the manufacturers add similar material to the blade of sticks?
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Rate of NHL playoffs going to the overtime

It feels like over the last few years and specially this season (16-17) more games are going to overtime. So I'm wondering what has been the trend of Stanley Cup playoffs games that go to overtime in ...
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What is the difference between illegal substitution and too many men on ice in the NHL?

During the Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers game on April 16 2017, the referees called an illegal substitution on the Rangers, but strangely not too many men on ice. This happened during the ...
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Can a penalty be declined in the NHL?

The Edmonton Oilers scored 2 short-handed goals on San Jose Sharks during the 2nd game of the first round 16-17 playoffs. Even though a team on a powerplay has one more skater than the other team, if ...
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Has any player on the Edmonton Oilers roster (16-17 season) played a postseason game as an Oiler before this season?

The Edmonton Oilers advanced the NHL playoffs this season (2016-17) for the first time since the 05-06 season when they reached the Stanley Cup Final. So given the 11 year hiatus, I'm wondering if ...
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Why does NHL award assists to 2 players?

In most team sports, only 1 player is awarded an assist for a score. However in hockey up to two players are awarded with an assist per goal. What is the reasoning behind this?
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At the end of the season, what decides tiebreakers in the NHL? [duplicate]

If at the end of an NHL seasons if 2 teams tie in points, who gets the higher seed? What break ties? And if that thing is tied too, what further breaks the tie? And what would a perfect tie be?
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Boarding, NHL vs USA Hockey

in the USA Hockey casebook, I came across an interesting little nugget. "Player A1 pushes teammate A2 into an opponent who is thrown against the boards violently enough to warrant a boarding penalty. ...
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Do minor penalties become penalty shots when there is “insufficient playing time”?

A couple of situations that call for minor penalties in the rulebook become penalty shots if they are committed when there is "insufficient playing time" to serve them (applies to regulation and ...
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Illegal Substitution and Awarded Goal

This is about an awarded goal on an illegal substitution in NHL hockey, or what I think would make for one. This has to do with an illegal substitute trying to stop disaster from occuring. Call it a ...
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Delayed Offside Question (faceoff location, puck out of bounds)

Just FYI, I've delved into detail with this question, but for good reason. I have found it next to impossible to get this answered accurately, so I try and describe it best as I can. Thanks for ...
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Puck completely crossing the goal line for a legal goal - does it need to be placed to settle beyond the line too?

The puck has to entirely cross the goal line in the net to count as a goal. Does that ​include a case where the puck is standing vertically on end parallel to the goal line but just a sliver beyond it,...
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Why did the NHL move to the current playoff format?

16 teams make it to the playoffs each season, 8 from each conference. Until a few years ago, within a conference the number 1 seed would face the number 8, number 2 would face number 7, 6 vs 3, and 4 ...
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NHL Trades: Can one find the exact language of every trade?

The question says it all, but to be more specific, I've scoured the internet for the specifics of the conditional pick traded from the Wild to the Coyotes in the Hanzal-White trade. Neither team's ...
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Is this a subtlety in the icing rule?

I feel like I have a good grasp of hybrid icing in the NHL, but every couple of games I notice what looks to be a missed icing call. The defensive team gains possession of the puck in their own zone. ...
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Is it possible to purchase another teams draft pick?

Has a team in any of the major US sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) ever purchased another teams draft pick for cash? It is common for teams to trade their draft picks for player but I am wondering ...
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Is an NHL defender credited with a block if the puck still enters the goal?

If the puck hits a defender, but the puck proceeds to enter the goal they are defending anyway, is that defender still credited with a block (against that shot)?
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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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Where did the horn that's played after a goal by the home team come from?

In every hockey game in the NHL, immediately after the home team scores, a unique horn plays. Where did this come from? Why a horn ?
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When did cross-checking become illegal in the NHL?

Does anybody know when the NHL prohibited cross-checking? Cross-checking occurs when a player checks an opponent by using the shaft of his or her stick with both hands [See Rule 59.1 of the NHL ...
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NHL players making less than NHL minimum?

I have looked up a few currently inactive NHL players, but who played at least 30 or more career games in the NHL. I am familiar with the hockey term "duster" and I've heard it thrown around, but I ...
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How do you play for the AHL with an NHL contract if you're not playing for the NHL?

The AHL's website states that most players are signed with NHL contracts, but the AHL and NHL are not the same. Given so, how does it make sense that a non-NHL AHL player would normally have to be ...
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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 ...