DETROIT, MICH -- It seems that the NHL has planned that they want to move to a three-on-three overtime. This is something that Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has longed for over the past few years:
Pending B of G approval, NHL will go to 3-on-3 overtime for 5 minutes in regular season games next season.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2015
Ken Holland says he's happy with 3-on-3 overtime. "It's taken a few years."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 24, 2015
This is an effort to reduce games decided by shootouts, something that Holland has pushed in recent years.
"I've said all along that as much as there's excitement for the shootout I'd like to see the games decided before the shootout if possible and this increases the probability," Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told ESPN.com after the GMs' meeting broke Tuesday afternoon.
What does this mean? Well it changes things, obviously. This means there will be different line combinations for every single team when 60 minutes of regulation time has passed. What can we expect for the Red Wings and their new coach?
After consulting with each other, and our current roster situation, we have come up with some projected 3v3 line combinations:
Pavel Datsyuk - Tomas Tatar - Niklas Kronwall
Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist - Danny DeKeyser
Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco - Alexey Marchenko
Darren Helm - Teemu Pulkkinen - Kyle Quincey
Keep in mind - This is all pending a Board of Governor's decision, so it is not set in stone. With that being said, what would you think about our line mix for three-on-three overtime?