With the NHL playoffs just around the corner, NHL teams are beginning to clinch playoff spots, or fall out of the race completely. When the 2010-11 regular season is finally in the books on April 10th, sixteen teams will look to face off for the top prize in hockey, while the other twelve will take an early look ahead to the 2011-12 season, and hope they can salvage their bad season with a good draft, as well as some trades and free agents.
So where do all these teams stand, with only a handful of games left in the regular seasons, and staring right down the eyes of the demon that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs? To try and answer this question, I offer my nearly-post-season version of "Thirt...
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Aside from the typical food, debris, and trash that all make their way to the ice, hockey fans have been hurling peculiar objects over the glass for decades. Whether it's in celebration, protest, or for good luck, fans have utilized these candid demonstrations to let teams and players know their true feelings.
The classic toss accompanies the hat trick.
There are several origin stories about the hat trick itself, but the history surrounding how fans came to toss their hats to the ice when a player tallied three goals is no mystery.
In the 1950's, Guelph, Ontario was home to the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters, w...
About a year ago, I wrote a blog called Ten Reasons Why The NHL Will Always be #4. As you can imagine, a lot of it had to do with headshots and illegal plays in the league, but also with the business side of the league and the “dinosaur” tactics of the people running it.
I forgot what really caused my outburst. I think it may have have probably been the Patrice Cormier incident. Either way, looking back at the post I can tell I was pretty angry when I wrote it. Clearly, whatever happened that caused it was long forgotten. As will most of the “dirty” hits in the league this year. But one that will probably be remembered by not only Habs fans, but hockey fans in general will be ...
With both Dany Heatley and Brad Marchand set to have disciplinary hearings with the NHL this week, we thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to give our brand new, german-made, NHL Disciplinary Hearing Simulator a spin. This is the result:
Three Changes To A Safer Game
Unfortunately for the NHL’s 30 GMs, they actually have something significant to discuss on their annual golfing trip get together in Florida. Concussions, headshots, injuries and media attention/bad publicity have now taken over the meet and greet and links discussions.
The GMs will not be looking at the Chara Pacioretty hit. Why would they need to? In the eyes of Gary Bettman that issue is over and done with. Instead, the NHL and Gary Bettman released the following data during the meetings which according to Gary himself confirms that rule 48 which makes blindside hits illegal is working:
26% of all concussions are due to acciden...
Late last night, I think it’s fair to say, I became infatuated with the current NHL standings. For fun I decided to try out my skills as a predictor. An hour or two later I developed a formula to project each team’s final point total, taking into account games remaining, current points, recent winning trends and much more. Although I can’t share the ‘secret’ formula I will share the results.
Eastern Conference Points Western Conference Points
1 Washington Capitals 111 1 Vancouver Canucks 115
2 Philadelphia Flyers 102 2 San Jose Sharks 107...
While taking a break from working on the first segment of my new blog series, I was watching some NHL highlights from last night. I noticed something... Western conference teams seem to garner more excitement than Eastern conference teams. Honestly, i've always thought that the Western teams in general, play a better game, and ice a more competitive team than a lot of Eastern teams. I have put a lot of thought into the question... and I can't answer it, I really don't think anyone can. For some reason, it just happens.
But i've just given myself another question... why, when Bobby Ryan gets a penalty shot in a game between two of the teams that usually sit quiet and you don't hear a lot a...
The waiver wire heated up Saturday as Marco Sturm, Nick Boyton and Craig Rivet were all claimed off waivers.
Sturm, who was playing for the Los Angeles Kings was claimed by the Washington Capitals.
The 32-year old, Sturm has spent 12 seasons in the NHL with the Sharks, Bruins, and Kings combined. He has been plagued with injuries this season forcing him to only play 17 gams this far, and has 4 goals and five assists over that time.
Sturm, who has represented Germany in 4 Olympics has 238 goals, and 475 points in 872 career games.
Boynton will go from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Boyton, 32, has played 10 NHL seasons spending time in Bostonn, Phoenix, Fl...