NHL Twitter Mailbag: Lack of Goal Scoring Becoming Big Worry Again?

July 14th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

Welcome to the first of what should be many NHL Twitter mailbags. The middle of July might seem like a funny time to get things started, but no doubt there are a few of you out there hungering for some hockey content right now.

Our first edition starts off with a question about the decline of goal scoring again in the league and how worried (or not) hockey people are about it. 

I took questions right off my Twitter feed for this, and so the questions you see are in their original tweeted form. 

Let's get started:



Technically, scoring was up this past season compared to the last couple of years of the so-called "Dead Puck Era," which most hockey historians peg from about 1997-2004. New rules designed to enhance offense were put in place after the lost season of 2004-05, and scoring did increase. 

That said, it has sunk quite a bit since that 2005-06 season, when teams averaged 3.08 goals per game, according to Hockey-reference.com. In the 2015-16 season, teams averaged 2.71 goals per game. The Dallas Stars led the league with 265. In 1983- ...

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