NHL Playoffs: Conference Finals Retrospectives and Stanley Cup Final Preview

Conference Finals Retrospectives Western Conference Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 Winnipeg Jets Whatever. I don’t get these playoffs. I don’t get this team. It’s a good top line and one of the best post-seasons I’ve ever seen a goalie play. And they almost looked bored dispatching one of the best teams in the league. Eastern Conference Washington Capitals 4-3 Tampa Bay Lightning What a series. Tampa … Continue reading NHL Playoffs: Conference Finals Retrospectives and Stanley Cup Final Preview

NHL Playoffs: Round 2 Retrospectives and Conference Finals Previews

Well, that was better. Still not great though! Very few of these series lived up to the hype, but that’s okay! Still a long way to go! Round 2 Retrospectives Western Conference Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 San Jose Sharks That’s it. I give up on understanding the Golden Knights. Marc Andre Fleury has decided that he’s good again and it’s really tweaking me off. These … Continue reading NHL Playoffs: Round 2 Retrospectives and Conference Finals Previews

None of the 6 goals in the Bruins/Lightning game should have happened.

We hear it every season, and we hear it even louder in every post-season. The NHL has an officiating problem. It renders games all but unwatchable. It’s truly the only sport where we as fans simply accept that penalties are just going to happen when they happen, and it will have zero correlation with what’s actually happening on the ice. Fans were treated to a … Continue reading None of the 6 goals in the Bruins/Lightning game should have happened.

How good is Mike Babcock, really?

It’s almost NHL awards season which could only mean one thing! For every award that is awarded, there are 30 fanbases who are simply aghast that a player on their favorite team was so unceremoniously passed over. Clear evidence that the league has a bias against them. Along with the annual bit of trivia: “Did you know Mike Babcock has never won the Jack Adams … Continue reading How good is Mike Babcock, really?

NHL Playoffs: Round 1 Retrospectives and Round 2 Preview

After what could be adequately called a “disappointing” first round of the NHL playoffs, we are now careening at top speed toward the most exciting second round in recent memory. All we can do is hope it lives up to the Hype! Round 1 Retrospectives Western Conference Nashville Predators 4-2 Colorado Avalanche The Colorado Avalanche made a strong case for themselves against the NHL’s number … Continue reading NHL Playoffs: Round 1 Retrospectives and Round 2 Preview

A better way to count game-winning goals.

DISCLAIMER: I did not think of this myself. I read it somewhere several years ago and have heretofore been unable to locate that piece. If you find it somewhere, I would love to credit those writers for the work.  The NHL is a big league of hockey players run by gigantic idiot-morons who screw everything up in every imaginable way. Harping on these things is … Continue reading A better way to count game-winning goals.

2018 NHL Playoff Preview: Round One

It’s finally here! After way too many games with way too few Olympic breaks, the NHL postseason is upon us! And what a post-season it’s shaping up to be. We have 15 teams all of which are hoping to at least look like they have some dignity before Nashville just trucks over them (spoiler alert). But let’s stop wasting time and get right into it! … Continue reading 2018 NHL Playoff Preview: Round One

Was the UMBC win better or worse because it was a blowout?

It finally happened! A 16 beat a 1 in the (men’s) NCAA Basketball Tournament! From a $10,000 cash giveaway to free pizza-like substances everyone is getting in on the madness! And did you think your favorite hot-take boys would be exempt? No sir/ma’am! We’ve still got some takes after some time to reflect. QUESTION: Was the 16 beating the 1 something of a letdown because it was a … Continue reading Was the UMBC win better or worse because it was a blowout?

Brief Comments on Every Single NHL Deadline Trade

Oh god what am I doing. The NHL trade deadline has come and gone and we’ve had a couple days to let the dust settle. It was a fairly slow deadline overshadowed by the prospect of the best defenseman in the NHL being traded by his skinflint owner. Which, of course, never happened. But we have trades, trades, trades! To CBJ: Ian Cole To OTT: … Continue reading Brief Comments on Every Single NHL Deadline Trade