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Modifications to nets get test run

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Brendan Shanahan promised last month that the NHL would test some of the initiatives from the 2011 Research, Development and Orientation Camp in preseason games. The first round of that testing took place Monday night in Toronto during the game between the Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre.

NHL executives got a firsthand look at how the green verification line, the shallower nets featuring thinner mesh and the clear plastic skirt at the bottom of the nets work in a live game.

The NHL has begun testing shallower nets and the use of a green verification line to make the job of reviewing goals easier for the Hockey Operations Department. (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI)
The green verification line, thinner mesh and clear plastic skirt are the subtle changes that Shanahan, the League's Senior VP for Player Safety and Hockey Operations, talked about implementing for this season because they are all designed to make the job of reviewing goals easier for the NHL's Hockey Operations Department.

Video clips detailing the effectiveness of the changes will likely be shown at the Board of Governors meeting taking place Tuesday in New York City.

The Canadian Press reported that the Board is expected to vote on a proposal that would allow for the verification line and the clear plastic skirt along the bottom of the goal to be implemented for this season.

The Board does not need approval from the general managers or the competition committee because these are not considered rule changes.

"We want to get some good information so that we can take it to the Board of Governors and give them a good demonstration of what benefit it would be," NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy told the Canadian Press. "That's what we're hoping, that we can get some good footage of it in practical use. We can put this forward."

The nets used Monday night are four inches shallower, which essentially allows for more room behind the net and perhaps more opportunities for players to create offense, including warp-around shots and better passing lanes.

The new nets would need approval from the Competition Committee to be implemented across the League.
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