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For offside reviews, blue-line cameras to be added for playoffs

Don Henderson, Mike Cvik

Linesmen Don Henderson, left, and Mike Cvik look at a monitor during a coach’s challenge by the Vancouver Canucks of an onside call on a goal by Dallas Stars’ Patrick Sharp during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The call on the ice stood and the goal was allowed. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)


To help determine whether a goal was offside, there will be blue-line cameras installed in all 16 playoff rinks.

That news came out today at the NHL general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton.

From the Canadian Press:

Video coaches, who advise the head coach on whether to challenge such plays, will have access to the feeds of the new cameras.

There will be two cameras set up for the blue lines, one on the glass boards and another four feet extended above the bench. The NHL tested the cameras at the all-star game in Nashville as well as the two most recent outdoor games.

The cameras will be adopted for the start of the next regular season across the league.

It’s hoped that the addition of the cameras will make it a “black-and-white call.”