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NHL at midseason: Unpredictability has made for great drama
NHL at midseason: Unpredictability has made for great drama

Rule changes and modifications intended to increase scoring did little to pump up goal production during the first half of the season, a point the NHL passed Saturday. Through Saturday's action (624 games) the goals-per-game average was 5.36, excluding shootout deciders. The average was 5.34 at the same juncture last season and for the full schedule. No player was on pace to score 100 points, a plateau reached every season since 2003-04. Martin St. Louis, then with Tampa Bay, won the 2004 scoring title with 94 points. Commissioner Gary Bettman — in Anaheim on Sunday for Teemu Selanne's jersey retirement ceremony — said the scoring is up "a little" at...

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