When play resumed in 2005 after the work stoppage, much was made of the increase in restraining fouls called. The NHL's reply to critics of the spate of power plays was that the numbers would go down as players acclimated themselves to the way the games were being called.
Looks like the League was right.
With the season set to pass the two-thirds mark on Saturday, the average number of power plays in a game has fallen to levels not seen in more than three decades. Entering the weekend, the 810 games played this season have had an average of 6.90 power plays -- the lowest figure since 1978-79, when the 17-team NHL averaged 6.77 power plays in its 680 games.