How the NHL didn’t see fit to suspend Tommy Wingels for the straight-up elbow he threw at Scott Wilson’s chin, away from the play, down a touchdown and an extra point, is damn mystifying? The NHL doesn’t take this stuff seriously, but fans should. Imagine you’re Shea Weber.
The quality of the hockey in these playoffs has been good. In terms of teams that were dominant on a level commensurate with some of the best Stanley Cup winners in recent memory, only two seemed to really be in the conversation. It seemed that Pittsburgh and Washington had the best top-to-bottom lineups
Going into last night’s Game 3, Jean-Gabriel Pageau had one of the highest postseason goals per 60 since 2007-08, when advanced stat tracking began. Five of the 11 goals he scored in the postseason — and this is in only a little more than 16 minutes a night — were game-winners.
One of the things that has been pervasive in hockey over the past few weeks has been the smug chortling from Canadians like, “Oh ho, the ratings for NBC will be really bad if it’s a Ducks/Senators final, haha,” as though: a) anyone outside of an NHL or NBC boardroom should give a rat’s ass, and b) the
Okay it's another mailbag. Things are chugging along in the conference finals, and crazy as it is to say we're really very close to the season being over.
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
The Senators destroy the competition for the 40 or so percent of the game Karlsson is on the ice, and get caved in the second he comes off. How about this for a stat: Among all defensemen to play at least 230 minutes at 5-on-5 in a playoff run since 2007-08, Karlsson’s relative goals-for percentage
Oh are we mad about embellishment again? Maybe Nick Bonino embellished that high stick. This is the same dumbass argument you have about soccer — particularly with dullards who don’t watch soccer but want something to complain about anyway — all the time.
How is it possible that one team is already through to the Conference Final? First of all, I have to say this question was so good because my man Zachary not only asked it, but also wrote several paragraphs comparing various point systems — and even included his own, which awarded no points for any
Alain Vigneault has an interesting theory for why the New York Rangers blew another late lead on Saturday. “Maybe the guys didn’t know their goaltender was coming (out,) but it was less than two minutes and (Ottawa’s) down by a goal,” he told reporters after the Rangers once again conceded an extra-attacker
Imagine my delight this week when I remembered the WHL Bantam Draft was on Thursday. As always, the number of wacky Western Canada names that were selected truly boggles the mind, and continues to give sociologists crucial insight into where teenagers’ names are headed.
As always, you can email me here and reach out to me on Twitter here if you have a question. You really shouldn’t have Marc Staal playing for more minutes than anyone on your blue line at this point. You shouldn’t have Dan Girardi paired with your only actually very-good defenseman.
But the first home game fell about 2,000 seats short of a sellout, which is a sad commentary on a whole lot of the things wrong with that organization.
In making the trade, Montreal got rid of its only real puck-moving defenseman (leaving aside the fact that he is, in point of fact, a world-class puck-mover) and decided it would settle into a, shall we say, more methodical approach.
So in honor of Jake Allen, who's probably about to come crashing back down to earth with enough force to alter the planet's rotation, wouldn't it be so nice to think about other times goalies absolutely stood on their heads and made everyone in another city really mad?
Hey everyone, with the NCAA season over, it’s time to roll out a new feature for the summer. As always, you can email me here and reach out to me on Twitter here if you have a question. “After three full regular seasons and two playoff experiences, what is the verdict on Seth Jones?
It told the story of new Springfield Nuclear Power Plant employee Frank Grimes, who was new to Springfield and therefore had no idea how the town’s reality bent toward this one guy, Homer Simpson. Things should not go Homer Simpson’s way, and yet they do, constantly.
JUNE 24: Terry Pegula of the Buffalo Sabres attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. Here it must be pointed out that, when it came to tearing down the decaying husk of the old, pretty-good Sabres and rebuilding it anew, Murray did not do a particularly good job in the “rebuilding
MARCH 09: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators awaits a face off during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 9, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. After all these years, you’re starting to see the big names in hockey media look at each other and say to