Shorter Season, Wilder Animals

So the NHL is thinking about moving to a 72 game schedule.
They’d cut it down by cutting out any interconference games.
The interconference games don’t really bother me. It’s nice to see a wide variety of teams pass through town. But a shorter schedule would be nice. The season is just too long. The players are too worn down after 82 games. The 10 games off would probably make for more energetic playoffs.
Also, I’d like to see live animals periodically released during the game. I can’t help but think it would improve the flow of the game.