Here, at least, I think it's born mainly out of frustration
by tf86 (2023-03-22 08:28:16)

In reply to: The obsession over Faceoffs is misplaced.  posted by RagingBull

Faceoffs have long been a problem for ND, and at least arguably have cost us some games in the past. It's been a longstanding problem that has improved at times but has never been fully fixed.

With that said, as you point out, faceoffs were a bigger issue in the pre-shot clock era than they are today.