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Story Time

The NHL season has begun with many stories, but don't worry, Gary Bettman has banned James Wisniewski from reading them to us. Instead Bryan Murray will read them to us, so I hope you brought your umbrellas. So sit tight or just pretend like you're Tyler Bozak waiting for a shift in the third period and listen to the story, or whatever this is. *Bryan Murray licks his finger to turn the page, but for some reason the page is already soaked.* "Ok, let's begin. Once Upon A Time, There was a hockey team that won the first four games of the season. If this was the post-season that would have been a first round sweep. But only one of these games was against the Senators, s...

NHL Recap and Analysis Week 2 - Between the Pipes

When is it time to hang up the skates? – Patrick Roy was my idol he along with my 1988-89 Panini hockey sticker book are what got me into hockey. When Roy retired in 2003 I was annoyed and upset. Not because my favorite player retired, because I knew he would eventually, but because the Avalanche were eliminated in the 1st round against the Minnesota Wild a team they should have beaten. I wanted Roy’s career to end on a high note. Maybe not another Stanley Cup but definitely another long playoff run and certainly not a bitter Game 7 1st round exit. But I guess Roy knew it was over for him and in reality he had nothing left to prove with his four Stanley Cups and numerous records. Most...

Things That Are Getting Old: Blaming the Refs

I’ve decided to forgo my usual “It Hab-Ened Last Night” Habs recap in order to discuss something that’s been nagging me since the season started, and really as far back as last season. There has certainly been no shortage of subjects to discuss through two weeks of NHL action, including headshots and the microscope over any contact that results in a player injury, not to mention the salary cap troubles facing the New Jersey Devils that I’ve been pretty vocal about and against. And while it may seem crass to push those issues to the side in order to talk about the subject of this blog, there really is a nagging issue in the NHL that easily gets overlooked. Fans, analysts, and...

Between the Pipes NHL Recap Week 1

It’s been about five months since I’ve done one of these but I’m happy to back. If you haven’t read a Between the Pipes before, basically I start out with a mini piece on a hockey topic relevant to the week or in general, then I spotlight a goalie and then we dive into the week with clips, opinion/analysis. I then round it out with stats, did you know and this week in hockey history.

Hockey is back (in Edmonton) – There are two ways to build a long term successfully team in any sport. Drafting well in the lower rounds and/or trading down to acquire more picks as you continually make the playoffs as the Red Wings do and the New England Patriots do in the NFL. These team...

An Early Candidate for Top 10 Games of 2010-11

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have ourselves an early candidate for the Top 10 Games of 2010-11. Last night, the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings made for an entertaining contest. Here's the breakdown... First Period Johan Franzen gets Detroit on the board first 2:34 into the game with his second goal of the year to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. After a fight 11:12 in, the Avalanche score to tie the game on a goal by David Jones at 16:56. (Sorry, I haven't got a Davy Jones Locker joke ready. Maybe another time.) Second Period Pavel Datsyuk gets the Wings a 2-1 lead at 2:50, then go up by two goals when Johan Franzen got his second of the night and third of the year, sc...

TCL Top Ten Moments of the Opening Weekend

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 ...

TCL Top Ten Pre-Season Injuries

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...

Could the NHL start the season without their referees?

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 ...

Quick Predictions for 2010-11 Season

My predictions will be quick and may or may not be accurate. Northeast Division 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 Atlantic Division 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 Southeast Division 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 Central Divis...