Archive for the ‘Noteworthy’ Category

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game One

Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Hope you enjoy!

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Penguins/Islanders

Deer, meet headlights

The Islanders got straight rolled last night. Marc-Andre Fleury got the 26 save shutout, 10 different Penguins got a point…from an Isles’ fan perspective, I described the game as such: Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Hope you enjoy!

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Time-and-a-half

Both the Kings/Blues and Wild/Blackhawks games went to overtime, though they ended slightly differently. The Blackhawks made a series of great plays… Read the rest of this entry »

Draft lottery odds are now set

2008 NHL Draft Drawing

The NHL season is almost over, with just one game to go between playoff-bound Ottawa and Boston, so this means the bottom 14 teams have been determined and with that, so are the draft lottery odds. This year, every team in the lottery has a chance at the first pick, that is expected to be defenseman Seth Jones. The lottery is set to take place Monday night.

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How hard to you have to shoot that the kick-back on your stick makes it flex forward?

For my money, time-on-ice is one of the best indicators of a player’s worth. A few teams lack talent so they over-play a mediocre player, but for the most part, the league leaders in TOI (by position) are simply the best in the league. Their coaches watch every second of every practice and game and have a much better idea than we do about which players are most important to their success, and we can see that reflected in player usage stats.

I was digging through the numbers today and found a handful of things I found to be note-worthy, and thought you might too.

Ilya Kovalchuk is playing an absurd amount

Far be it for me to tell an NHL coach how to use his extremely well-paid extremely talented star, but Peter DeBoer is playing the bananas off Ilya Kovalchuk. Alexander Semin is getting the second-most minutes-per-game for forwards in the NHL, logging time on the powerplay, penalty-kill and of course even-strength, for an average of 22:11 a night. It’s around that number that we start to see some other top forwards show up, with names like Iginla, Tavares and Ovechkin all within a minute of him.

Wayyy, way off in the distance is Kovalchuk, who’s playing an average of 26 minutes and 23 seconds a night, over four minutes more than the 2nd place Semin. He’s 10th overall, which is hugely rare for a forward. Four minutes over the next closest forward. That blows my mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Annnnd we’re back!

The first weekend of the NHL season has finally come and gone, and in the most predictable thing ever, outcomes would’ve been tough to predict.

Yipes. Of that group only the Blues and Devils found a way to chalk up a win, while the New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers find themselves pointless after two contests.

Let’s dive into our “things of note” from the weekend, including some highlights, some opinions and a few stats.

* Part way through this weekend, the NHL’s top-10 looked like you accidentally set the year to the late 80′s. Or possibly for the future. Or that names were randomly drawn out of a hat. I have no idea.

Had you cribbed this screenshot a few hours earlier, it would’ve had your two scoring leaders as Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne up top, with Alexei Kovalev, the new Florida Panther, and Martin St. Louis trailing them by one. Fortunately, we have the 19 year old Jonathan Huberdeau to balance them out.

Fun random fact though: the NHL named Selanne, Jagr and St. Louis their three stars on opening night. Those three guys combine to be 119 years old. For context, the Oilers top line equals 62. Read the rest of this entry »

Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.

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Devils/Kings, Devils won 3-1

Series: 3-1 Los Angeles

Missed opportunity: The Kings had a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup on home ice last night, but were taken down 3-1 by the Devils. The last team to win the Stanley Cup at home? The Anaheim Ducks in 2007. It’s not impossible that it could happen this year, but I’m thinking the Kings go to 11-0 on the road on Saturday and win it in Jersey.

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Noteworthy is a feature blatantly ripped off from Trey Kerby and The Basketball Jones crew that catches you up on everything you need to know from the night before in the NHL.

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Devils/Kings, Kings won 2-1 in OT

Series: 1-0 LA

Road warriors: The Kings ridiculous road record in the playoffs got even more ridiculouser (pretty sure that’s a word): they’re now 9-0 away from home in the playoffs (and yes, I had to italicize/boldicize/underline that number), taking their streak to 11-0 on the road including last season’s two road victories. Crazy.

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