December 18 2012 11:38AM
There has been some chatter* online about Phil Kessel's streakiness, because there's not much to do.
*by chatter, I mean SB Nation comment threads, notably this one.
Just to sort of get it out of the way, I want to show off that Phil Kessel isn't a streaky hockey player. He's a good hockey player who scores a lot of goals.
December 18 2012 07:34AM
Image via Dave Abel
Sometimes it’s a just a trivial item, an interesting tidbit just as a matter of fact.
Three of the 2012-13 Toronto Marlies four shorthanded goals against were scored less than five minutes into the 3rd period. One broke a scoreless tie and another was an insurance goal extending the opposition lead by two goals.
Or, all four empty net goal scored against were in games in which the Marlies trailed by two or more goals.
December 16 2012 11:23AM
The lockout keeps rolling on, but that doesn't mean we lacked for quality content this week. We had another entry in our "Worst to First" jerseys series, talked about the frightening salary cap situation for a bunch of teams, looked at how forward usage by NHL coaches has evolved over the last few seasons, talked about the World Juniors and buyouts, the lockout and the league's very best prospect, as well as half a dozen things I'm not even mentioning.
More after the jump!
December 14 2012 11:54AM
Contraction is a favourite concept of hockey writers around North America. For those who simply want to see higher-calibre hockey, it’s a beautiful dream – fewer teams means higher quality players at the highest level, something that can’t help but result in better hockey. Most recently, though, contraction has emerged as a preferred cudgel with which to beat the NHLPA.
December 13 2012 11:24PM
It took a long time, but it looks like we're now at the final table in this high stakes game of poker that is the NHL CBA negotations.
And yes, this this is and always has been a heads up game. Neither you, nor I, nor any of the
tens of thousands tens of hundreds tens out there that organized or took part in sit-ins, petitions or protests have a seat at this table, despite the fact that both sides are playing with our money.
Although, is this really any different that the real world? I mean, this pretty much describes our government institutions, and even more so the professional gamblers on the investment banking circuit that nearly blew up the house of cards that is our global financial system.
But I digress. Let's have a look at where we are heading into this final round...