Originally Posted by Twick87
I didn't say they were called frequently, but they are called. In an average game I usually see 2 or 3 boarderline charging/hitting from behind penalties and in my experience it is called about 1 out of 6 times. Yea it should be called more, but think about it: if we started seeing this sort of hit 10-12 times per game, that'd be probably 2 or 3 penalties a game. Once people realized this they'd take more calculated risks as opposed to just taking every big hit they can.
That doesn't even take into account when you go for a big hit and miss and create an odd-man rush for the other team. I guess what I'm saying is I don't think it'd be that bad. Certainly better than what it is now with all the injuries.
And to the point about being GM and calling guys up...nothing is stopping you. If you want to call guys up to try and progress them you don't need injuries on to do that. No teams roster is good enough that vets can't be replaced with a rookie to gain experience and whatnot. I know there's about 5 or 6 guys just on my team that I could swap in a rookie and probably not notice a difference.
If you don't think this game plays to a very goonish level, then I guess our opinions of what hockey is differ greatly. Have you not noticed the AI chasing players down away from the play (even sometimes as they go for a line change) just so they can destroy them? I think moojuice said it before, but if penalties were called correctly, games would be a constant PP/PK due to how the AI is programmed.
If not for that, I'd much prefer penalties to be called EVERY time...and for the exact reason you mentioned. It would cause people to be more cautious with how they play. As it is now, most people feel they can get away with big hits along the boards. I can say this with 100% certainty because it's how I've started to view the game. The majority of the time, it's worth the risk of going for the hit because whether it winds up being a legal hit or not, the game isn't likely to call you for it. This leads to people playing in a way that many would call "dirty". But that's how NHL 13 was made. Not everything was always called in NHL 12...and there are even less calls this year. Just the way the game is.