The Pros and Cons of Permanently Reducing the Number of NHL Games

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The Pros and Cons of Permanently Reducing the Number of NHL Games
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The NHL was on the brink of losing its season.

From mid-September through the end of December, the NHL and the NHL Players Association were not making any progress in their negotiations.

Gary Bettman was stubbornly holding his ground and it seemed like it would just be a matter of a few days into January before the NHL would cancel its season.

However, the turning of the page represented a turning point. After months of acting like petulant children, the two sides decided to grow up and the season was saved.

No, not an 82-game season, but a 48-game season. Short, sweet and exciting.

Is that the ideal length of a regular season? No, but a shortened season does have some positives and negatives.

Here's a look at the pros and cons of permanently reducing the number of games in the long season.

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