AROUND THE LEAGUE: WEEK ELEVEN

Jason Gregor
December 20 2010 10:58AM

Do you remember the wickedly awesome video game for Intellivision, Slap Shot: Super Pro Hockey? If not, the pic above illustrates the kick-ass graphics, and the advanced thinking of why the NHL should go to a 3-on-3 format before the shootout.

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Toronto vs Atlanta - These Aren't Your Grand Daddy's Thrashers

SkinnyFish
December 20 2010 09:43AM

If we were to go back in time to 2008 let's say and I asked you to name players on the Atlanta Thrashers, you'd probably have a hard time naming players after you rattled off Ilya Kovalchuk and Colby Armstrong. The fact is, they were essentially the Atlanta Kovalchuks.

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LEAFS IN NEED OF A TRANSPLANT

Steve Lansky
December 19 2010 09:54AM

Almost thirty years ago, the Chicago Black Hawks (two words in those days) were ready to face-off against the about-to-explode Edmonton Oilers in the Campbell Conference Championship Series. The Hawks finished the season with 104 points. The Oilers had 106. Yappy Glen Sather behind the Oilers’ bench. Portly Orval Tessier guiding the Hawks. After the first two games of that series, played in Edmonton, the Hawks were down two games-to-none and had been outscored 16-6. And that’s when Orval Tessier said it.

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Game #32 Scoring Chances: TOR @ VAN, Dec. 18/10 (4-1 Loss)

Slava Duris
December 18 2010 08:11PM

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20483

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Leafs vs Canucks - Check out Dion. He's gonna do something.

SkinnyFish
December 18 2010 03:05PM

Hey there.....are you guys brothers?

Tonight is a showdown between the team that Burke built and the team he's building. One of these was given a strong base upon which to stand in the Sedin twins; the other was hastily setup on the backs of overpaid defensemen. When push comes to shove, which is going to be the one to topple on the last night of West Coast Waffle Week?

A win for Vancouver tonight gives them 40 points and 2nd place in the Western Conference, whereas a win for Toronto gives them 30 points and a share of 11th in the East. Not exactly David and Goliath matchup, but not too far off. Much like Washington, the Canucks find themselves with loads of regular season success but none to be found in the playoffs. Maybe that has to do with the sharp fall off in talent found between their top 6 and bottom 6 forwards. Sure the Sedins are league killers and Ryan Kesler plays a mean two way game, but their 3rd and 4th lines sport such stalwarts as Raffi Torres, Aaron Volpotti, and Jannik Hansen. Yeah, I've never heard of those last two guys either.  While difficult on the road, if Wilson can get our 1st or 2nd lines out against Vancouver's 3rd or 4th, some opportunistic goals can be had.

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