Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:17 PM
Bigger goalie equipment has led to players passing up shooting opportunities that they would have taken in the past because they know it's almost impossible to beat a goalie with a pure shot now. I think that's part of the difference.
For example, Clarkson gets bagged on for shooting from everywhere, since many of his shots have almost no chance to go in. 15 years ago those crazy outside shots were a little bit more normal and a little bit more likely to go in.
I've pointed this out before, but some time ago Rick Vaive (scored 441 goals in 876 games, and had three straight seasons where he topped 50) said that, back in his day, he'd often skate over his opponent's blue line and let one rip...and sometimes they'd go in. He said in today's game he'd never be able to do that with any success...just not enough net to shoot at.
Goalies are bigger but they're also better...look at any collection of 80s NHL highlight films (the thick of the Live Puck Era, when average offensive teams were scoring around 3.60 GPG, several teams were over 4.00, and the Oilers were routinely over 5.00), and you realize how much better goaltending is now. With a few exceptions, a lot of the goaltending in the 80s was not great.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 19 June 2013 - 03:19 PM.
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