It certainly feels like a lifetime ago. We're all eagerly awaiting the return of hockey to distract us from the issues disrupting our normal day-to-day lives, and in just a few short days, the NHL will return to action. It's an interesting time to be a hockey fan for a variety of reasons — from the neutral-site games, unprecedented best-of-five series and the lack of fan attendance and its impact on the crowd energy the NHL postseason is so renowned for. Most important to poolies, of course, is the performance of the players amidst all these new variables after such a long layoff. It's tougher than ever to forecast fantasy production, so before you look forward to your playoff draft or resumption of DFS play, let's look to the past.
Here's a refresher of what was happening when play was paused...
Goal Scoring Up Across the League
At 3.02 goals per game, the 2019-20 season was a goalie's worst nightmare since the first post-lockout season when a league-wide crackdown on obstruction led to a faster and free-flowing game. It also marked just the second time since the 1990-91 season in which the average power play efficiency exceeded 20 percent, with the Oilers setting a new record-high at 29.5. There are more elite players than ever in the NHL, and that's also a plausible reason why there's so much parity. This season saw eight players average at least 1.25 points per game (minimum 40 games), compared to just 10 players from