NHL Could be Considering a Major Overtime Shakeup

Published November 14, 2023 at 3:59 PM

NHL Considering Changes to Overtime To Encourage Changes in Puck Possession

The NHL is exploring significant alterations to its overtime rules, aiming to transform the dynamics of puck possession during this crucial phase of the game.

3-on-3 overtime, known for showcasing the best in player skill and speed, may soon see changes affecting how teams maintain control of the puck.

#NHL's Colin Campbell says GMs discussed the idea of changing rule to limit teams from continually looping back and regrouping in 3-on-3 OT. Potential solutions: Once you cross red or blue line, can't go back out again. Or a shot clock. Discussions ongoing, tabled to March.

Currently, teams prioritize puck possession, often retreating from offensive positions to regroup and launch renewed attacks.

The proposed rules aim to challenge this approach, potentially reshaping overtime strategies.

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NHL Should Look To Changing Format Of Overtime Not Necessarily the Rules

In response to the proposed changes, many fans suggest an alternative: extending the duration of 3-on-3 overtime to 10 minutes without resorting to a shootout.

The shootout, once a fresh solution for concluding games, seems less vital with the existing 3-on-3 format.

I like the idea of an over-and-back rule. What I think would make sense as well, though, is increasing the length of OT. Genuinely believe it would lower the average length, with teams in trouble not being able to rope a dope to get to the shootout for a while longer.

I think a simple motivating factor would be to just get rid of the shootout and say nobody gets the extra point if this game ends after 5-10 minutes of overtime.

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As the NHL deliberates these potential changes, the AHL might serve as a testing ground for new overtime rules. However, any official amendments to the NHL overtime format may still be some time away.

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NHL Could be Considering a Major Overtime Shakeup

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