Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jaromir Jagr Should Have Hit 2000 NHL Points

Everyone knows how good Jaromir Jagr is. Five Art Ross Trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards for most outstanding player voted by the NHLPA, and one Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP help hammer that point home. We've all seen Jagr put up big points - 1755 NHL points to be exact - and as the all-time leading scorer for all European players you know that he is destined for the Hockey Hall of Fame whenever he decides to hang up his skates. Currently though, Jagr sits tied for 6th all-time in NHL scoring which is a bit of surprise due in large part to the fact that he's played through three NHL Lockouts and played in the KHL for three years. Given his time away from the NHL, it's not unreasonable to think that he would have been only the second player in NHL history to hit the 2000-point mark and sit only behind the great Wayne Gretzky in career points.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions

The 2013-14 regular season is all wrapped up and the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has submitted their ballots for various NHL Awards winners. Most of the awards seem like virtual locks for standout players while others will be hotly debated until the bitter end. With all the trophy talk going on we thought we'd toss out our picks for the major NHL awards and see how we did come June when the winners are revealed.

Who's Who At The NHL Playoff Dance

You've probably heard of the playoffs referred to as "the dance" as teams prepare all season just to earn an invite to play extra hockey from mid-April to June. It's all about just getting into the dance as anything can happen in the NHL playoffs as countless teams have proven in the past. With all this dance talk going on we decided to reminiscence about school dances back in the day by comparing teams in the playoffs to kids at these dances. You could look back at school dances as cruel social experiments with so many different personalities squished into a gym with the expectation that every one will behave appropriately and that's exactly what the NHL playoffs are like.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lottery Changed My Life: NHL Edition

The NHL Draft Lottery is a bittersweet event as you're hoping for the top pick and looking towards the future while realizing that your team didn't make the playoffs and probably did pretty poorly in the standings. In recent years it's become a can't miss/very awkward television event as team representatives are forced to sit together and await their fate for the upcoming NHL Draft. This year is wide open for picks with no real #1 prospect that all 30 teams would love to have as was the case with guys like Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and John Tavares. The lottery truly can change a team's life with one pick and as NHL Draft's past have shown us that change can either be for better or for worse.

Monday, April 14, 2014

10 Crazy Stats From This Season

It was a pretty intense season as we returned to a full schedule following the NHL lockout and dealt with new divisions and rivalries. History was made in a good and bad way, but in the end we were just happy to have a full 82-game season back. From individual players reaching new highs or lows to teams defying all odds, it was a year to remember with some pretty crazy stats turning up at season's end.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hockey's Endangered Plays List: Popping Water Bottles Off The Net

This will be an ongoing series of hockey plays that are at risk of extinction because of their rarity in numbers or threatened by changing environmental and regulation parameters.
Hockey Play in Danger: Popping Water Bottles
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

The NHL has been taking steps for years to reduce this safe, fun, and very entertaining hockey play. Water bottles on top of hockey nets are not only meant to hydrate goaltenders, but to soar when a puck hits them. A perfectly placed top shelf shot or deke that sent a water bottle flying into the air was almost a guaranteed highlight of the night and is up there in hockey lore with going bardown. It's a beautiful thing and a play that strives in the wild with beer leaguers often pissing off their goalies in warmup by sending their bottles flying and empty of water.

Friday, April 4, 2014

20 Undrafted Fantasy Hockey Gems

We're not talking about the real undrafted gems of the NHL such as Marty St. Louis and Adam Oates, we're talking about the guys that saved your fantasy season when you picked them up as free agents following your draft. These players might have been on your radar to start the season and depending on the depth of your league you might have even drafted them late, but the majority of people caught their hot starts and snatched them up early. Regardless, these players have made fellow fantasy hockey GMs weep at their success and feel like idiots for not picking them up first.

The Rock Approves Of Sidney Crosby

That's Sidney Crosby delivering the Rock Bottom to Jay Harrison of the Hurricanes this past Tuesday night. Thanks to The Pensblog passing this GIF around it managed to capture the attention of the creator of the finishing move:
There you go, The Rock approves of Crosby's form. Now if you need to work on your hockey chirps why not use of The Rock's best insults in next week's beer league game?

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