Beasts of the East – Good luck figuring out the Western Conference because you really can't. In the Eastern Conference it's a lot simpler. Eight teams of course get into the playoffs but there's only five teams that really have a chance. They are conveniently 1 through 5 in the standings currently. Tampa Bay and Atlanta have a shot but I don't think their teams are complete enough yet. Unlike last year, don't expect the top three seeds to get dumped. Illustrating the point that last year was no fluke, the 6th (Boston), 7th (Philadelphia) and 8th (Montreal) seeds are currently 5th 4th and 3rd respectively. While the teams they upset (New Jersey and Buffalo), except Washington, are curren...
I happened to stumble upon this in my collection... It's a special edition of Coach's Corner that aired on the day of Wayne Gretzky's final NHL game as a player.
A mile high worth of injuries – The physical toll of a grinding hockey schedule takes down many skilled players every year. Five teams have five or more players currently on injured reserve. The Avalanche, Islanders, Flames and Wild each have five. The Devils have six. While Zach Parise is obviously the biggest named of the IR bunch, I would have to say the Avalanche are the most hit of all the teams. Most improved goalie of last year Craig Anderson was on injured reserve for a few weeks and then was finally brought back up, only to be injured again in his 2nd game back. Anderson is currently on injured reserve again for his groin, though his duration this time should be less than last ...
This one’s been bothering me for a while, so excuse me if I sound a bit harsh.
I don’t mind the shootout – on the contrary, I think it’s pretty damn entertaining.
After sixty-five minutes of battling for pucks in the corners, momentum swings back and forth, and countless missed opportunities, your top players have the chance to steal a win for the team with a couple dazzling moves.
After all, pressure like that can really bring out the best in an athlete. (Or worst, see: Ilya Kovalchuk)
That being said, I love overtime even more. It’s infinitely better than the ass-on-the-edge-of-your-seat feeling.
In fact, I can’t even sit down during the extra stanza. I fe...
Personally, I've been mostly inactive lately on this site, but not when it comes to being available for a chat at least once a week. How can I make up for it, especially for my U.S. peeps who are observing a Thanksgiving long weekend? How about some more videos that I haven't shared here that I've shared on YouTube.
First up... some first period excerpts of a St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets game from February 2, 1995, using the KPLR Channel 11 St. Louis feed that TSN used in an early form of "NHL on the Fly" while showing their feature game that day (which was Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers). Included is a goal...
Second, Taylor ...
Alone on an Island – The 70's and 80's were a good time to be an Islanders fan. Four Stanley Cup victories in a row and 15 straight playoff appearances. But then the 90's reared it's ugly head and doom and gloom fell upon Long Island. After their 1st round loss to the Devils in 1987-88, the Islanders have only made the playoffs in seven of the next 21 seasons. Only once in those seven playoff appearances did they advance past the 1st round. Now the 2010-11 incarnation of the Islanders is mired in a 13 game winless streak.
During the Islanders heyday Bill Torrey was the GM. His last few bigger deals included Kelly Hrudey for Mark Fitzpatrick, Pat LaFontaine for Pierre Turgeon e...
At the quarter pole – We have just about hit the quarter mark of the NHL season, though some teams have played more than others. It always bothers me when one team has played five more games than another team. You think they could schedule that better. Let's take a look at which teams have been surprising and which have been disappointing. I didn't want to go overboard, so I just picked a few.
Anaheim – Well the Ducks started out worse than anyone in the league but they have since quickly turned it around. For a team loaded with offensive talent and a great goalie, it was really about whether the defense would be anything good. It turns out it that it's...
This year, the NHL put the perennially boring All-Star game on the defibrillator in an attempt to bring the once interesting contest back from the dead. The result is a weird format in which "captains" get to choose their teams from a pool of players selected by the NHL and the fans.
While I applaud the NHL's effort to change things around, their solution doesn't fix my biggest beef with the All-Star game: the players selection.
The All-Star game should feature the NHL's best player RIGHT NOW. Not players who were good 5 years ago or who are picked by reputation alone.
Here are players who were selected by the NHL this year and who should be replaced by someone more deserving:
It isn't much, but here's some random items to pass the time away...
A pair of Binny's commercials with Tony Esposito
John Davidson's Famous Goaltenders School
The O.T. Zone: Game 7 between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals