December 09 2011 01:29PM
It's time for another review of some of the items of interest from around the Nation and the league, as teams move into the middle third of the season. In this week's overview, the Oilers hit a sour patch, the Canucks carry on without a couple of useful pieces, and the Leafs' ownership changes hands.
December 08 2011 03:46PM
The subject of Ron Wilson’s future in Toronto has been a popular one for fans and media alike for quite some time now. Last season, of course, the question was typically, “So, how soon should the Leafs fire Wilson?” as opposed to the more favoured, “Should the Leafs give Wilson an extension now?” question of 2011-12.
Wilson’s contract expires at the end of this season. Should the Leafs be looking at a second tour of duty for the polarizing head coach, or looking elsewhere?
December 08 2011 02:58PM
Christmas came early for Flames fans this year. On November 25, 2011 the Calgary Flames claimed Blake Comeau off waivers from the New York Islanders. In 16 games on Long Island this season Blake had failed to register a single point. All that changed when he arrived at the Saddledome.
In his 7 games with the Flames Blake has 1 goal and 3 assists. His four points have moved him into a tie with Matt Stajan.
Matt is currently on pace for 14 points this season, all assists.
He is PPG pace over the past 4 games, it seems as though he has made it his own person mission to embarras Matt Stajan.
So there you have it, a player waived by the New York Islanders will soon be outscoring the only remaining piece of the Dion Phaneuf deal.
December 08 2011 10:03AM
The first three episodes of the NHLNumbers podcast focused mostly on definitions and theory in general. In episode four, we move on to applying what we've talked about to particular teams/players/news in the league. This week, we decided to focus on the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers - a couple of clubs with a lot to talk about and great writers to talk with. Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post and ESPN as well as Geoff Detweiler of Broadstreet Hockey stop by to share their insights.
December 07 2011 01:17PM
Immediately after Carl Gunnarsson whiffed on a point shot early in overtime against the Devils, I got that feeling. You know the one I’m talking about; that sensation of feeling your stomach plummet into your feet. My palms got a little clammier, my heart began beating a little faster. Before I could verbalize anything the puck was behind Reimer and the remote was across the room.
If you watch enough hockey you will experience this phenomena at least a few times each game, more so if you happen to be a Flames fan. How exactly does your body know something bad is about to happen before your brain does?