Phil Kessel and consistency

Cam Charron
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.

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Breaking Boxcars: Toronto Marlies Edition

Gus Katsaros
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.

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Best of the Nation - 12.16.12

Jonathan Willis
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!

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Let’s talk about contraction

Jonathan Willis
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.

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CBA NEGOTATIONS HAVE BEEN A FLOP, BUT NOW TAKE A TURN

Graphic Comments
December 13 2012 11:24PM

NHL CBA is a flop

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...

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