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Hockey 101


Once you understand the fundamental rules and regulations of the game of hockey, you'll really begin to enjoy it. These are the NHL official rules for the 2005-06 season.

The Game
Each game lasts sixty minutes and is divided into three periods of twenty minutes each. If the game is tied at the end of sixty minutes, a five minute "sudden death" overtime period will be played, with the team scoring first being declared the winner. If the score is still tied, a shootout will take place. During the playoffs the game continues until a winner is determined.

During the regular season, a regulation win is worth two points in the NHL standings. Both teams receive one point if the game reaches overtime, and a victory in overtime is worth an additional one point in the NHL standings. 

On The Ice
Each team plays six men at a time (unless someone has been put in the penalty box). In overtime, each team will have 4 skaters and a goalie instead of five skaters. Substitutions are made when play stops or can be made "on the fly" while play is in progress. Each side has a goalkeeper, a center, left and right wing and left and right defensemen. 


The Players

Goalkeeper: The "goalie's" chief job is to keep the opposition from scoring. A goalie may start his own team down the ice with a pass, but seldom does he leave the net. 

Defensemen: They try to stop the incoming play at their own blueline. They attempt to break up passes, block shots, cover opposing forwards and clear the puck from in front of their own goal. On offense, they get the puck to their center and wings, and follow the play in the attacking zone, stationing themselves just inside the opposition's blue line at the "points". 

Center: The center leads the attack by carrying the puck on offense. He exchanges passes with his wings to steer the play toward the other opposing team's goal. On defense he tries to break up plays before they get to his end of the ice. 

Wings: The wings work with the center on the attack to set up shots on goal. Defensively, they try to disrupt plays by the opposing wings and upset their shot attempts. 


The Officials

Referee: There are two referees who supervise the game, call penalties, determine goals and handle all faceoffs at center ice to start each period. 

Linesmen: Two are used. They call offsides, offsides passes, icing the puck and handle all faceoffs except those at center ice. They don't call penalties, but can recommend to the referee that a penalty be called. 


Penalties
A team plays shorthanded when a player is charged with a penalty.

Minor Penalty (two minutes): Penalties include tripping, hooking, slashing, charging, roughing, holding, elbowing, boarding, cross-checking, kneeing, delay of game, diving, high-sticking and interference. 

Major Penalty (five minutes): Major penalties are called for fighting or when minor penalties are committed with a deliberate intention to injure another player. Major penalties of slashing, spearing, high-sticking, butt-ending, boarding and cross-checking carry an automatic misconduct as well. 

Misconduct (ten minutes): Called for various forms of unsportsmanlike behavior or when a player incurs a second major penalty in a game. This is a penalty against the player, not the team so a substitute is permitted. 

Delayed Penalty: The whistle, stopping play, will be delayed until the penalized team regains possession of the puck.

 

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59