It looks like the shootout spin-o-rama might go extinct, which is great news for goalies who don’t like getting embarrassed. It’s also a boon for people who enjoy mocking the shootout and many of the league’s other rules, if Twitter reactions are any indication.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the move will likely be made illegal in the shootout during the 2013-14 season, although that must be approved first. (He expects that to happen.)
While many find it entertaining, there are more than a few who aren’t on board, including Mike Milbury. He chastised it in early 2012:
When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.
Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.
It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.
This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.
That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.
Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP
So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.
Stempniak on Devs in playoff race: “At this point, you can't say it's a fluke this far into the season and we take a lot of pride in that.”