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"Beyond those limitations, the league does not dictate the make-up of a team's roster, though the standard make-up used by most teams for the 20-player game roster is to dress 12 forwards and six defensemen along with the mandated two goaltenders. Rarely a team will use 13 forwards and five defensemen, but it's not overly uncommon for a team to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen."

the link above has a great article that explains the 20-player "dressed list" for games, a 23-player active NHL roster, a 50-contract maximum, and a 90-player maximum reserve list.

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Each team can have 25 players on the roster at one time, but they often have 40 players on the team.

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generally, in the NHL, 18 skaters and two goaltenders are dressed for a team for a game. usually 12 forwards and 6 defenseman make up the 18 skaters.

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I would say 2 per team; This way if one can't play or is unable to, you have a backup; or simply if one gets tired, the other can take his or her place.

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3 goalies in minor and major league

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