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Nash Daily: Several Rule Changes Proposed at NHL GM Meetings



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Many of the NHL’s general managers believe the league’s rule book needs some minor tweaking, prompting several rule change proposals Tuesday at the annual GM meetings at Eau Palm Beach resort in Manalapan, Florida.

Among the proposed changes are expanding the coach’s challenge to include delay of game, high-sticking minor and pucks-over-the-glass penalties, allowing goaltenders to be penalized for inadvertently knocking the net off its pegs, and allowing backup goaltenders to warm up if the starter is removed by a concussion spotter, among others.

Altering the coach’s challenge would allow teams to challenge only when a penalty is called. It wouldn’t permit coaches to challenge when they believe a penalty should have been called.

If a goaltender is penalized for knocking his net off the pegs, a faceoff would take place in the defensive zone with the attacking team choosing which side to take the draw from. The NHL reveled there were 102 instances of a net displacement because of goalies last season.

Additionally, it was also proposed that if play is stopped because a goaltender loses his mask, the play results in an offensive-zone faceoff for the other team, and that players are shouldn’t be permitted to sit on the boards with their feet hanging over while waiting for a line change (the new proposal states players would get a warning first and if they don’t comply a bench minor would be assessed).

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The Predators defense was dealt another blow Tuesday morning when the team announced Jeremy Lauzon was week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

With Dante Fabbro and Spencer Stastney nursing upper-body injuries, the Predators recalled Marc Del Gaizo from the Milwaukee Admirals. It’s his second NHL stint after skating in five games in early November.

Central Division Standings

  1. Winnipeg Jets | 44-19-5, 93 points
  2. Colorado Avalanche | 44-20-5, 93 points
  3. Dallas Stars | 41-19-9, 91 points
  4. Nashville Predators | 40-25-4, 84 points
  5. Minnesota Wild | 34-28-8, 76 points
  6. St. Louis Blues | 36-29-3, 75 points
  7. Arizona Coyotes | 28-35-5, 61 points
  8. Chicago Blackhawks | 19-44-5, 43 points

Wild Card Standings

  1. Nashville Predators | 40-25-4, 84 points
  2. Vegas Golden Knights | 36-25-7, 79 points
  3. Minnesota Wild | 34-28-8, 76 points
  4. St. Louis Blues | 36-29-3, 75 points

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