Not sure if this is a good forum place to put this (mods can move it to garner more of an opinion/response). But recently the NHL Network has been airing some Champions Hockey League action, and it actually gives me some consistent viewing of international hockey and the way it's played. As I'm watching Brno vs JYP, I feel like the bigger ice surface makes the game look 'slower'. I understand it's not NHL quality players but I'm starting to feel like a bigger ice surface makes more 'dead ice' space come alive a lot more. I also feel as though in international hockey, cheap shots come along more frequently than in the NHL, although with a bigger ice surface I'm not sure how well a (for example) Milan Lucic, would fare in the bigger ice surface. anyone else have any thoughts?