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Chemistry is one thing, “handedness” is another

There were two moments in last night’s NHL Revealed that reminded me of one “chemistry” difficulty – knowing what hand your linemates are. I know that sounds like a super easy thing, but it’s funny how you fall into a mental groove when you know, say, both your linemates are left shots. You’re occasionally passing it to a jersey without knowing which linemate it is, and it’s nice to have that default so you know which side of their body you should pass to.

At one point there’s just a terribly botched pass and Getzlaf says to Crosby (jokingly), “Wait, you’re not right-handed? You’re not Perry?” He really did pass it to the wrong side of Sid’s body.

It’s not just knowing which hand guys are either – some guys like passes on their forehand even when it’s on their backhand side (meaning you pass it behind their back foot), some guys, as we saw Dustin Brown in the show, make it clear they want it “Backhand, backhand” whenever possible.

So that’s the one little glitch that comes with line shuffling – it gives the players one extra, annoying thing to think about.

Willingness to be corny for the cameras = great guy, gets you killed in the room

There was a scene where a player was on the ice but talking to a camera, and he was talking about “what a special event this is” and “he hopes the kids watching were having fun” and so on, and his teammate in front of him is a step away from eye-rolling. Read the rest of this entry »

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HBO’s 24/7 has, undeniably, made making a behind-the-scenes NHL documentary series a lot harder, mostly because it’s amazing from top to bottom. But that didn’t stop the NHL from trying to make a knock-off of sorts, which would serve the duel purpose of providing the fans a bit more of the rarely-seen personalities of professional hockey players, and for advertising the hell out of the fact that HEY YOU GUYS THERE’S GOING TO BE A BUNCH OF OUTDOOR GAMES THIS YEAR DON’T FORGET.

The show is called “NHL Revealed,” and it’s original episode aired yesterday, so I gave it a watch.

The show was good. Okay, thanks for reading, that’s the whole article. …But seriously, the content the NHL was given to work with was absolutely amazing, so there’s no way it could’ve been anything but.

Consider:

- They focused on the Ducks, Islanders, Senators and Penguins (obviously all teams that’ll be involved in outdoor games). They highlighted a game each. Win, win, win, win. Okay, good start.

- They followed Kyle Okposo and his wife to give birth to THEIR FIRST CHILD. Like, there were in the car for the ride there and all that. Then he scores the next night. As amazing as it was – I openly cried – I couldn’t help but think what HBO and Liev Schrieber would’ve done with it. Read the rest of this entry »

This entire post isn't going to be "Wah wah Gary Bettman needs to go" but he's in here hence the photo.

This entire post isn’t going to be “Wah wah Gary Bettman needs to go” but he’s in here hence the photo.

It’s July. Still. God this month drags for what feels like an eternity. I have no passionate feelings about anything so it’s hard to find a writing topic. New divisions? Whatever. The Minnesota Wild crying poor? Meh. Mikhail Grabovski remaining unsigned? Yeah, what is up with that? NHL GMs, man.

When the passion isn’t there, you can’t force it. That’s how you wind up with a ninth season of Friends and marriage. So instead of forcing it with one of those aforementioned topics (Seriously, if Grabovski winds up somewhere besides the NHL, this league should be embarrassed), I’m doing one of those things about ways to make the NHL better that will never happen but whatever it’s fun.

Some are obvious, some maybe aren’t, some are probably dumb, some are definitely things you’ve heard before. So here’s some stuff about hockey to distract you from your life and job for a few minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins

UPDATE: According to multiple reports, Del Zotto will not face a suspension by the league.

 

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The Pittsburgh Penguins, who had dropped two in a row after a 15 game winning streak in March, got back in the win column last night against the New York Rangers, but it may have come with another long-term injury to one of their top players.

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Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson takes exception to a Zac Rinaldo hit on Chris Phillips by cross-checking the forward in the face late in the third period of today’s game against the Flyers. On the play, he received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his actions.

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New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens

UPDATE: The league has decided not to fine or suspend Max Pacioretty for his hit Saturday night on the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh.

 

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will have a phone hearing with the league later today due to an incident last night against the New York Rangers.

Pacioretty, who took a big hit earlier in the game up against the boards from a hit by Ryan McDonagh, was called for boarding McDonagh in the second period, who left the game and did not return.

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Toronto Maple Leafs  v Montreal Canadiens

UPDATE: Grabovski’s hearing has been pushed back until Monday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs 6-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens was impressive for sure, but it also featured an incident in the third period that may land Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski in hot water with the league.

Grabovski has a hearing scheduled with the league today after an allegedly biting Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty. During a third period scuffle, Pacioretty wrapped his arm around Grabovski’s head, and later claimed Grabovski bit him.

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