April 13 2012 09:14AM
For the first time in the history of this contest, we're going to update exactly when we said we were. Today, we present the winners of this year's Nation Network Hockey Pool.
April 12 2012 06:40PM
|What should have happened this year (right banner)|
Much has been made about the NHL's point system and it's flaws in the past. A third point is awarded once two teams reach overtime, it is mystifying where this point comes from as a "normal" game awards only two points to the winner and none to the loser. This extra point has changed the landscape of first round playoff match-ups many times.
I feel that this year is a little bit different. The Florida Panthers, who won the Southeast division this year, participated in 24 games that went into overtime. Those 24 overtime games led the Eastern Conference, followed closely by the Montreal Canadiens with 21.
What I found troubling wasn't that the Florida Panthers were in so many overtime games (it seems to be becoming increasingly normal for teams to head into overtime): it's that they lost 18 of the 24 overtime games they were in - giving them 18 points I don't feel they should have. Losing all of those overtime games really was the only reason they were able to win the Southeast division, they really weren't a good hockey team.
The Olympics have a system in place that has been talked about a lot around the blogosphere as an option for the NHL and would help fix this problem. They award three points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime or shootout win and 1 point for an overtime or shootout loss. This would ensure that no matter how long the game takes to be decided, three points in total are always awarded.
I think that this is a great way for the NHL to go, however I don't like that the loser of the hockey game is still somewhat rewarded. I would like to see the loser get no points, no matter when they lose, with the winner getting two. In theory they could do away with the point system altogether and move to a winning percentage as the NBA and MLB already do.
Follow me over the jump to see where the teams fall with each system.
April 11 2012 04:09PM
The first round of the playoffs starts tonight, and once again the writers of the Nation Network are getting together to predict who they feel will win each series in the first round.
Pension Plan Puppets
April 10 2012 11:26PM
Among the many stupid questions (and the odd good one) that mittenstringers asked at the season ending feeding frenzy were a number that questioned how Brian Burke felt about this season. 'Obviously' his anger was manufactured and he couldn't possibly care that much. Reading his answers to questions hardly do them justice as it's impossible to see the evident frustration and anger with which he spoke to the media.
Leafs Nation Podcast
April 09 2012 05:53PM
Of course, 'talking playoffs' in Toronto means 'talking Marlies', which Danny Gray and I (JP Nikota) have brought Jeff Veillette (@Jeffler) in to talk about.
The Marlies are, as I write this, sitting tied for first in the Western Conference, and look to be in a great position to make a run at the Calder Cup. More good news? Reinforcements from the Leafs are on their way, and we have plenty of young performers champing at the bit.
Naturally, we discuss the first-round NHL playoff matchups and more, so follow me over the jump for some fun hockey talk.