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Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 3:50 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

There has been a late addition to the changes for the upcomming season as the NHL Board of Governors was given conditional approval to implement the verification line in the goal as well as a plastic skirt and a thinner mesh for the net. This is according to TSN in Canada.

The line is expected to be in place by the start of the regular season in all venues whereas the changes to the net will take a few months to prepare, assuming the NHLPA gives its consent, which is likely.

The verification line is a second line that sits inside the goal zone designed to help review officials determine if the puck fully crossed into the goal. The concept is that if the puck touches the green second line, then you know the goal is good.

The idea was tested at the Research and Development Camp earlier this summer and that carried over into the preseason game between the Maple Leafs and Senators last night.

It is unlikely to save us from any more reviews on goals, it's just supposed to help the officials more easily determine goal or no goal. My initial reaction left me wondering what the difference is in the puck touching a second line or not touching the first line. But then when you realize the red line has a tendency to bleed while the green line will be actually in the ice, it makes more sense. The line will remain straight. The additions of the thinner mesh and plastic apron that will make the big difference in the visiblity.

Here is a little more explanation on the goal verification line from the R&D camp. The shallower nets will not be instituted yet, perhaps not for another year or two until it gets full approval from the NHL and NHLPA.

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Comments

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

Maybe I'm missing something, but why can't the red goal line be as clear as the green verification line?
I think the idea is sometimes the puck is partially covered by the goaltender, so you can't tell if it has crossed.  In cases where you only see part, you can be assured the goal is good if the puck touched the green line without actually seeing the goal line.  Obviously far from perfect, but may help in a handful of cases over the course of the year.  That being said, it should not be a substitute for looking for the puck to crioss the goal line, because (as I believe another poster mentioned) the puck may not be flat on the ice.  So it could be a good goal, yet not reach the green line.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

A sensor of some kind in the puck and/or a laser in the net seems like it would be better.  That way you can electronically tell if the beam was broken....obviously this would take doing since not just the puck crosses the line.  If perfected, it would do alot more than this green line.  In addition, it would prevent the case where a goal is scored and play isn't stopped (i.e. the Flyers in 2010 playoffs-vs Bruins I believe)....the sensor would go off and stop play immediately.  Heck, you could get rid of the 2 guys sitting behind the net with the button, that would save some money.  In addition, you could synchronize the sensor with the clock to verify whether a goal was scored while time was on the clock.
 



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:35 am
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

Say if the puck is on edge, or not 100% flat would this green line still be accurate?



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:54 am
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

 "upcomming season"...it should read "upcoming season" instead. I take it Brian has not learned how to use spellcheck yet. 



Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:38 am
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

Maybe I'm missing something, but why can't the red goal line be as clear as the green verification line?  Why does red line bleed and the green line doesn't?  If it's in the way they put the green verification line in/on the ice, why not do the same thing with the red goal line?



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

At least the Goal Verification Line is a pretty shade of Kelly Green. Miss it ever since the Hartford Whalers and Minnesota North Stars became ancient history. Sure Vancouver has some Kelly but this looks nice. Damn I miss skating at the nearby Ice Sports Arena! Can't wait for winter so I can hope on the pond and refresh my skating!



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

To think, Gary & his owner buddies were more concerned with saving money all these years instead of trying to actually evolve the game.  These lawyer commissioners in NA sport are the worst at fixing their game's problems, even that car salesman Bud Selig evolves faster.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Goal verification line, change to net OK'd by NHL

I like these ideas.  It's little things like this that should make a world of difference.  I also like the verification line because there are a lot of times when the goalie is sitting on the puck and on the line and it's hard to tell if it crossed.  Some of those goals will now be counted.


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