January 04 2014 01:15PM
I thought about what picture to use for this post for a while. Maybe something from the Winter Classic? Maybe something of Henrik Lundqvist looking dapper?
No. It's the second half of the season. The Winter Classic is in the past. It's all about the standings now.
January 04 2014 10:40AM
BREAKING: According to Jeff O'Neill, Mats Sundin is betting 1k on Team Sweden at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
January 04 2014 08:17AM
In the third paragraph of the column Spector wrote this little gem;
"P.K. Subban gives the puck away. Or Phil Kessel is not among hockey’s elite skaters. Or the Sedin twins don’t punch back."
January 03 2014 03:48AM
Well we've hit the midway point of the season. Technically, we've already finished Game 42, but there was a small turnaround between Games 41 and 42, and a nice clean day on the calendar for us this morning to fit in this little post breaking down the first half of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Overall, the Leafs are doing pretty well. They're (slightly) out-performing my expectations, on pace for 92 points over 82 games. The big issue with their record is the low number of regulation and overtime wins, which is the first tiebreaker at the end of the season. Despite being 5th in the East in points, the Leafs are 12th in ROW, which is something to keep an eye on if the standings tighten up.
But really, they aren't. The Leafs began 'Deathcember' with four points of separation on the final Wild Card spot, played like crap, and then recharged and won three straight. They're now… four points up on the final Wild Card spot, with the Detroit Red Wings as a buffer. I didn't think I'd say it this late in the season, but Toronto are sitting in good position. And that has me worried.
Data below is found via BehindTheNet, HockeyAnalysis and ExtraSkater. All three are really indispensable resources if you are a hockey fan. Visit them, learn to navigate them, and a light will go off and you'll start to see hockey played a little differently in your mind. Below are some first half observations using a little of the above.
January 02 2014 06:12PM
BEST-OF PART TWO!!
Bask once again in the awesomeness that has been the Steve Dangle Podcast. If you like hockey, strippers, and crazy parties, then you've come to the right place (sort of)!