NHL and Soviet teams will stage a penalty-shot shootout during each of the 21 games of Super Series '91, the league announced yesterday. In the shootouts, to be held prior to the third period of each game, five players from each team alternately will go one on one with the opposing goaltender. If the competition is tied after five rounds, it will go to sudden death, with the teams unable to use their original five shooters until all other available skaters have had a shot.
The winning side will receive one point, with the results compiled for the series. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, as well as to the NHL and Soviet team that has the most goals during the course of the series and to the goaltenders from each side who allow the fewest goals.
In addition, the results of the 21-game series will be combined with the eight-game preseason Friendship Tour by Montreal and Minnesota and the winner will be honored.
The series, which will include seven-game swings by Moscow Dynamo, the Central Red Army team and Khimik -- the top three finishers in the Soviet League last season -- will start Monday night when Khimik visits Los Angeles.
Edmonton, the team that broke every league offensive team record during the 1980s, has scored 67 goals thus far this season, an average of fewer than three per game. But the Oilers are not alone in having scoring problems -- the Islanders, Nordiques, North Stars and Maple Leafs also are averaging fewer than three per game. No team since New Jersey in 1983-84 has gone through an entire season averaging fewer than three goals per game.
St. Louis sent center Nelson Emerson to the Peoria Rivermen of the IHL.