"Check out one of the goals that went in on (Freddie) Andersen," Hrudey said. "This one went five-hole and although his stick is raised, that's clearly because of the pants. And that's what some of the goalies have told me around the league -- what they’re noticing in practice is that they’re getting scored on a lot five-hole. And instead of before, because the thigh pad was flatter, the puck would hit and just stop there, now they’re noticing that it spins off."All told, in 44 games on the week, there were 248 goals scored for an average of 5.64 per game. On its own, if that average were to be sustained for a full season, it would be the highest average goals per game since 2008-09, when there was a 5.82 average.NHL goals per game averages by season2016-17: 5.562015-16: 5.422014-15: 5.462013-14: 5.482012-13: 5.442011-12: 5.462010-11: 5.582009-10: 5.682008-09: 5.82So far in 2016-17, there has been an average of 5.56 goals per game overall, which is still higher than any of the past five seasons so the league was already trending up.
Edited by WildCard, 15 February 2017 - 07:12 PM.