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Ten Alternatives To The Shootout

December 15th, 2010 4 Comments

The NHL first adapted the shootout to settle regular season games for the 2005-06 season. At the time, many fans were complaining about the number of games that were ending in a tie and they wanted a winner. Since it’s inception there have been a total of 856 shootouts, which equates to approximately 13 percent of all games being decided by what is arguably a glorified skills competition. (all stats courtesy of NHLshootouts.com). For some NHL teams, the difference between making the playoffs and heading to the golf course early often hinges on their success in the shootout, which is a travesty. Traditional hockey fans roll their eyes at the thought that their team could miss the playoffs based on their success in the shootout. For them, a tie was just fine, an indication that both teams played their hearts

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2010 NHL All-Star Game: Eight Unheralded Players Who Deserve Your All-Star Vote

November 19th, 2010 No Comments

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game is only just over three months away, and as the young 2010-’11 NHL season ages by the minute, the All-Star Game grows closer and closer. This past week, the NHL opened up the balloting on their website, nhl.com, for all fans to vote for their favorite players. The ballot includes 100 players to chose from (53 forwards, 29 defensemen, and 18 goalies) but the ballot also includes a write-in vote. Under the new system, fans vote for three forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie per ballot, and the top six vote-getters will be automatically named All-Stars. There won’t be many concerns from the top superstars, though, even when they’re not voted in at first; following the voting, the NHL will choose 36 more players to name All-Stars. The NHL hasn’t released the leaderboard yet, but we

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Behind the Scenes Hockey: Nine Unheralded NHL Players

August 28th, 2010 1 Comment

Around the world of hockey, there are many words for them; “Down and Dirty”, “Rough and Tumble”, “In the Trenches”, “Blue Collar players”, and “Enforcers”. But throughout the years of the NHL, fans and staff alike have always loved the hardest hitter, the nastiest fighter, or the trashiest talker. In fact, many players and coaches in recent times have become famous for their gritty side, such as monstrous Zdeno Chara or 2010 playoff star Dustin Byfuglien. Truthfully, the biggest physical presences are no longer ignored, or, as the title proclaims, “unheralded”. But that’s not to say there aren’t any more “under the radar” blue collar players. In fact, there are more “behind the scenes” players than you expect, as no very well-known forward or defenseman was included…and that’s why they’re on this list. Whether it’s blocking shots, piling up takeaways, winning faceoffs, killing penalties, taking the longest

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Ten Can’t Miss Games Of The 2010-11 Season

August 24th, 2010 1 Comment

With the 2010-11 season now just a few weeks away, many Toronto Maple Leaf fans have already circled several key match-ups as can’t miss games. For Leaf fans, games against their historic original six rivals— Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks—instantly provides a spark to any game, regardless of where any of those teams are positioned in the standings. Of those five foes, the Maple Leafs will play the Canadiens and Bruins a total of six times each, the Rangers a total of four times—including three games in October, with the Blackhawks and Red Wings playing the Maple Leafs just once each. Outside of the original six match-ups, the Leafs have plenty of other key games and rivalries for Leaf fans to look forward to. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at

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Ten Reasons the Toronto Maple Leafs Will Improve in 2010-11

August 4th, 2010 No Comments

With a record of 30-38-14 in 2009-10, the Toronto Maple Leafs finished the season 29th overall. Needless to say, the only way for the Leafs to go is up in 2010-11 and there are plenty of reasons to believe this to be true. While the jury is still out on whether or not the Maple Leafs will earn a playoff spot, there are many Leaf fans that are starting to “be-Leaf”, as are many other NHL fans. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top ten reasons the Leafs will be an improved squad in 2010-11. Goal Scoring Depth Up Front: The Maple Leafs finished the 2009-10 season averaging 2.56 goals for, which tied them for 25th overall with the Montreal Canadiens. Off-season additions of Kris Versteeg (20 goals in 2009-10), Colby Armstrong (15 goals in 2009-10),

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Remembering the 2010 Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Boston Bruins

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Last year I had the opportunity to cover the Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. As an accredited writer I was able to take part in numerous interviews and take some pretty great pictures along the way. With the 2011 Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals already starting to steal the headlines I felt it might be cool to look back at my experience in Boston. Here is a look at some of my pictures: This is the first picture I took after the cab dropped me off on Yawkey Way right outside the legendary Fenway Park. The City of Boston and the NHL did a great job of promoting the event both in the media and on the streets of Boston. If you got within a square mile of Fenway you knew

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