NHL puts puck-tracking temporarily on hold after 'concerns were raised'

Jordan Hall
·2 min read

NHL temporarily puts 'tracking' pucks back in the bag originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Flyers were determined to be substantially better with the puck on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center following their sloppy 6-1 loss to the Sabres on Monday night.

The different puck, that is.

Different? Yes, different.

The NHL's puck-tracking initiative was put on hold Tuesday across the league. The puck-tracking technology includes a sensor embedded in the puck. Over the opening days of the 2020-21 regular season, concerns with the puck were apparently voiced around the league.

Here is a statement released from the NHL ahead of Tuesday night's games:

The National Hockey League announced today that, effective with tonight’s games, the league will be using game pucks without the imbedded tracking technology. The decision was made after concerns were raised about the puck’s performance during the first few days of the 2020-21 season. A review by the league determined that the first supply of 2020-21 pucks did not receive the same precise finishing treatments during the offseason manufacturing process as were used during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is expected that a new supply of the league’s 'tracking pucks' will be available soon and, after undergoing appropriate quality control testing, will be back in use for all games. In the interim, the league will use the official game pucks from the 2019-20 season and will continue to utilize player tracking technology for all games.

Statement from the NHL on Tuesday

Regardless of the actual type of puck, the Flyers were eager to be much sharper and cleaner with it Tuesday. Alain Vigneault's club did not play well Monday night in suffering its first loss of the season and falling to 2-1-0.

The "tracking pucks" were used over the Flyers' first three games and the other games across the league prior to Tuesday night.

"I was aware that the NHL was using a different puck," Vigneault said pregame Tuesday when asked about the league's audible with its pucks. "I thought a couple of times it didn’t slide as well on the ice, didn’t know if that was the puck or the ice surface. Not quite sure exactly what they’re using tonight. I’m sure that they'll figure it out here, it's early in the season and they’ll do the right thing."

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