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Final NHL Standings- Projections

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. Follow up: Eastern Conference Points Western Conference Points 1 Washington Capitals 111 1 Vancouver Canucks 115 2 Philadelphia Flyers 102 2 San Jose Sharks 107...

Eastern Hockey vs. Western Hockey

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...

Waiver wire on fire; 3 players claimed

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...

Checking Is Integral To Hockey But The NHL Needs To Avoid Hits To The Head

For those that can’t remember January 15th 1968, it was just another average day in the 60’s. Although for the family and friends of Bill Masterton, it was a day consumed by tragedy. Two days earlier Masterton took to the ice as a member of the Minnesota North Stars against the Oakland Seals in what was to be his final game. The match was only four minutes young when the North Stars centre was skating with the puck into the Seals zone. After making a pass to his teammate Wayne Connelly, he was checked by Oakland players Larry Cahan and Ron Harris. Masterton lost his balance falling backwards, crashing head first onto the ice. The force of the hit was so powerful it caused blood to ...

Saying Goodbye to a Hockey Legend

Sadly, as hockey fans, we have seen quite a few hockey greats hang up the skates recently. Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, and Rob Blake all announced their retirement prior to the start of the 10-11 NHL season. Mike Modano also pondered retirement himself. It's always sad to see guys like that retire (of course it's sad to see anyone retire to begin with). Those guys all defined a hockey generation and always will. We are lucky enough to have a new generation of superstars at this very moment. But those new stars will not cause us to forget the players of the past we were lucky enough to see play. Today we say goodbye to another legend. Some people simply call him Peter Forberg, but o...

NHL takes disciplinary action regarding Penguins and Islanders game

If you ask anyone their favourite part of a hockey game, answers will vary. Some will say it’s the hits, some will say it’s the fights, and some will say it’s the goals. Friday night’s matchup which saw the Islanders destroy the Penguins 9-3 featured all of this, too much of it some would argue especially the NHL. After the fights were fought, the goals were scored, and the dust settled, three players received suspensions totalling 23 games and $100,000. The Pittsburgh Penguins will lose Eric Godard for 10 games. The suspension was handed to Godard for leaving the bench to aid a player in a fight. This action was taken after Micheal Haley tried to get in a fight with Pengui...

Top 5 goaltender fights

Aside from shootouts, and amazing goals, my favourite thing about hockey is definitely the fights. And, as we all know, there is nothing better than a good old goaltender brawl. Last night, Brent Johnson reminded us of just how excited we all get when we see goaltenders about to go at it. Whether it be a long fight or a quick blow, everyone loves to see two keepers exchange blows. This encouraged me to post my top 5 goaltender fights, some are quick, while some are long, just as some are even fights, while some are complete domination. 5) Brent Johnson vs. Rick Diepetro -No doubt this was great to watch as we have not seen many goaltender fights in the past couple of years. Matt Cooke...