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Hodgemail: Do you like shootouts more or less now?

TSN.ca Staff

10/4/2010 4:10:07 PM

TSN's Dave Hodge sounds off on all the hockey issues of the day in Hodgemail. Write in to answer Dave's weekly question and watch the NHL on TSN Season Preview on Wednesday night at 8pm et/5pm pt to see if he reads your response.

Since the 2005-06 season, the NHL has adopted the shootout to settle ties in regular season games. And since its inception, the debate has continued - is it the way to decide a hockey game?

The traditionalist will tell you it's nothing more than a gimmick to sell the game, while for many fans it's the most exciting moment in hockey.

Some will tell you that nothing matches the tension, anticipation and thrill of a shootout. It's fast, exciting and delivers immediate results. Hockey is supposed to be about goals and the shootout returns scoring to the centre of the game.

Others will counter that the shootout may be fun, but it isn't hockey - a team game where players have to earn scoring chances by outworking their opponents.

Since its introduction, a total of 1,417 NHL games have gone into overtime with 808 of them going to the shootout. Last season alone, there were 184.

So here's Dave's question to you: "Do you like shootouts more or less than you did when they were introduced?"

E-mail your response to hodgemail@tsn.ca (along with your name and where you're from) and watch the NHL on TSN Season Preview on Wednesday night to see if Dave reads your answer on air.

You can also catch the best responses on video on demand right after the broadcast on TSN.ca.