It's been an action-packed opening few days in the NHL, and all the games have definitely left fans with a lot to talk about heading in week 2 (or, at least, week 1 1/2). Thanks to Columbus Day in the US and Thanksgiving in Canada, the first weekend of NHL action was extended into Monday, with all day action in the league from 1PM on Long Island to past midnight on the Eastern seaboard in Vancouver.
And through the first five days of NHL action, we've had plenty of surprises. From "inappropriate gestures to vicious blindside hits to surprise wins and surprise losses, and even a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, it seems like opening week in the NHL has had it all.
That being said, I thought ...
The NHL pre-season is finally upon us, and we all know what that means!
For starters, the new hockey season is right around the corner. Soon, we will all be able to tap right back into our beer and pizza funds, reconnect with friends and frequent sports bars and restaurants to watch our favorite teams get back to action.
But more importantly, it also means that the NHL fantasy hockey season is back! While many drafts and office pools have already taken place, with several weeks left until the puck finally drops on October 7th, there will still be many to go, with many trades and roster moves to consider before the start of the season.
Naturally, the main concern for any fantasy...
In some overlooked but breaking news, The Hockey Newsis reporting that only two weeks before the NHL is scheduled to begin playing preseason games, the league has yet to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with their referees, with their last agreement having expired this past August 31st.
Talks are ongoing between the two sides, which may indicate that a new agreement could be reached in time to start the preseason, however THN is reporting that the NHL has contacted the ECHL to inquire whether they would be interested in loaning their referees to temp for the jobs while the two sides iron out a contract.
One minor league official told The Hockey News that he "think(s) it ...
My predictions will be quick and may or may not be accurate.
1: Toronto – IN with 104 points
2: Montreal – IN with 100 points
3: Boston – IN with 98 points
4: Buffalo – IN with 93 points
5: Ottawa – OUT with 73 points
1: Pittsburgh – IN with 100 points
2: New Jersey – IN with 97 points
3: Philadelphia – OUT but barely with 92 points
4: NY Rangers – OUT with 76 points
5: NY Islanders – OUT with 76 points
1: Washington – IN with 103 points
2: Tampa Bay – IN with 94 points
3: Carolina – OUT with 90 points
4: Atlanta – OUT with 82 points
5: Florida – OUT with 81 points
In this flashback to November 13, 2000, Denis Savard, along with Joe Mullen and Walter Bush Jr., are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Below is a clip from SportsDesk (later renamed SportsCentre) about it.
While I’m working on some articles before the upcoming NHL season gets set to roll, I’m going to share with you some of the more popular YouTube videos (at least 1,000 hits each) I’ve posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/temphockey
PK Subban’s post-game interview on Hockey Night in Canada on May 6, 2010
How the Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup on May 27, 1975 -- Hockey Night in Canada feed
Steve Smith’s grave error on April 30, 1986 -- Hockey Night in Canada feed
The Boston Bruins get called for Too Many Men on May 10, 1979 --...