Saturday night marked the first entry in the popular HBO series "24/7," this year between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings as they gear up for the NHL Winter Classic.
Some look forward to the series more than the game itself as it provides plenty of uncensored behind the scenes footage. Essentially viewers are treated with a barrage of F-bombs and an inside look at the life of the average hockey player.
The first episode, which aired last night at 10 p.m., delivered on the use profanity and a few interesting, if not quirky, characteristics of some players. But let's start with the not-so-good:
Just about every hockey fan out there understands that fighting is part of the game. However, the sucker punch thrown by Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins over the weekend to knockoutPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is something that is extremely painful to watch, and crosses the line of right and wrong.
As the NHL deals with another brutal incident, people are asking what should be done about this type of play from NHL enforcers.
There are certainly a lot of unwritten rules in hockey, and some will point at Orpik messing things up by not fighting Thornton when initially given a chance. This pr...
The 2013-2014 New York Islanders season was filled with hope and promise long before it even began thanks to a spirited playoff run last year against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Optimism filled the island with high expectations and preparation for a year that would see the Isles return to playoff glory and even better position in the standings (Photo credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr).
Sadly, things are looking quite the opposite with each game that passes.
The New York Islanders continue their western road trip tonight with a stop in Los Angeles to face the Kings, still searching for their first regulation win after the last 11 games played.
The Islanders will still be without Evgeni Nabokov tonight, as Kevin Poulin is slated to start between the pipes. At the other end of the ice will likely be Ben Scrivens, who has taken over for Jonathan Quick after he went down due to injury. Scrivens has played exceptionally well, helping keep his team in the top three of the Pacific Division and 5th in the Western Conference.
Last night's 6-3 win in Detroit was an exciting one for the Flyers and their fans as the Flyers came back from being down 3-1 to win.
Unfortunately there is a negative side to this comeback.
It has been a trend for the Flyers to not show up for a full 60 minutes. Of course teams are going to have their off nights and down periods, but the Flyers have been consistently inconsistent both in games and overall.
(Photo: Nicklas Grossmann reacts after the Wild score on Monday. Philadelphia lost, 2-0. Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
November 26th is a very important day for the National Hockey League, and not only because it's professional hockey's 96th birthday. On Tuesday, the league announced a new deal with five Canadian broadcasters, changing the landscape of televised hockey distribution in the country for the next 12 years. The deal, worth $5.2 billion and one of the biggest media rights deals in Canadian history, will strip hockey coverage away from Bell Media-owned TSN and RDS, instead distributing English-language coverage of games between the publicly funded CBC -- retaining its iconic Hockey Night In Canada on Saturday nights but losing certain privileged like the All-Star Game and s...
The New York Islanders will look to win the second game of a back-to-back trip against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
Kevin Poulin is expected to be back between the pipes, who made some tremendous acrobatic saves against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night despite a 4-3 loss on a goal that came from Sidney Crosby in the final minute of the third period.
Defensive breakdowns would end up costing the Isles a very valuable point, as they were just a little over a minute away from overtime.
The struggling New York Islanders (7-10-3) look to turn things around tonight with Evgeni Nabokov in goal against the visiting Detroit Red Wings (9-5-6). The Red Wings, now a new Eastern Conference opponent due to the alignment change, are facing the Isles for the first time this season after a 4-3 shootout loss last night to the Washington Capitals.
The Isles, who once sat second in the Metropolitan Division, currently sit in 6th, five points behind the second place Capitals and three points behind the third place Carolina Hurricanes.
An inability to hold gain leads and/or hold them has propelled the Islanders to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings (12th in the East) and has allowed their division rivals to surpass them.
Okay, someone has to say it: the Philadelphia Flyers are building wrong.
Going back through the last five Stanley Cup winners (2009-13) and the Flyers Eastern Conference Champion team in 2010, there is a huge discrepancy when comparing the make-up of those teams to the Flyers of 2013.
The winning teams being talked about are the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks, 2010-11 Boston Bruins, 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, and 2012-13 Blackhawks.
(Photo: Chicago's Patrick Kane just realizes he scored the game-winning goal of Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, beating the Flyers.)