No consensus reached on overtime format at Competition Committee meeting

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The NHL and NHLPA Competition Committee meeting was held on Thursday in New York, amongst the topics discussed was changes to the overtime format. However, further discussion will be required before changes are made for next season.

NHL GMs supported the idea of a 3-on-3 overtime format during the March meetings in Florida.

The Co-chairs of the NHL / NHLPA Competition Committee, Mathieu Schneider and Colin Campbell, released the following statement:

There was considerable discussion of changing the current overtime format but no consensus was reached. The NHLPA and NHL will continue discussions in the coming weeks on potential changes with the intention for the Committee to make a decision on overtime later this month. There will be no changes to the shootout format.

There could be a couple changes coming for next season.

The Competition Committee made recommendations on expanded video review and changes to the face off procedure.

Video review would adopt a coach’s challenge on goals that have resulted from either goaltender interference or offside plays. The video review would be conducted with consultation with the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto. In order for a coach to make a challenge, the team must have a timeout available.

The committee also recommended that during all defensive zone face-offs, the player from the defensive zone team must put down his stick first. For face-offs at center ice, the rule will remain the same, with the visiting team player putting his stick down first.

The proposed rule changes from today’s meeting require approval by the NHLPA’s Executive Board and the NHL’s Board of Governors.