NHL’s puck and player tracking taking big strides forward

When the former Michigan Wolverines defenseman Owen Power scored his first NHL goal, the replay from five different angles was available in a matter of seconds in a private suite at Prudential Center as the team celebrated below.

A few doors down, donning a headset puts you virtually on the ice with a set of cartoon characters reenacting the play.

More than three years since puck and grown player tracking was first tested by the NHL, the technology has by leaps and bounds to give coaches just about every piece of information they would want during and after a game.

When the playoffs begin next week, fans will continue to see more details about player speed, shot speed and other metrics; By next season, they should have access to some of that data, too.

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