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NHL teams must adapt to 'novelty' of 3-on-3 OT this season

Count Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen among those around the NHL taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the league's new 3-on-3 overtime. A few things do seem clear about the setup: It will make goalies' stats uglier, result in fewer shootouts and force coaches to decide whether to focus on defense or an all-out attacking style. "I wasn't really sure about it at first," said Niskanen, whose team hosts the New Jersey Devils in a season-opener Saturday. "Now I think it's probably going to do what it was designed to do: Teams are going to get 'grade A' chances, and if that's what people want to see, then let's do it....