by Patrick Hoffman on 03/16/11 at 12:30 AM ET
From good friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSGNetwork.com:
1) You know what stinks about this pre-playoff drive to determine which teams get in? When it’s over, we have to wait through two days off with no games before the playoffs actually start.
2) Piling up points dramatically increases a defenseman’s chance of winning the Norris Trophy as the League’s best blueliner. In recent years there’s been an on-and-off discussion of creating a trophy for the best defensive defenseman, since excellent stay-at-home guys are generally shunned in favor of point producers for the Norris. A great example of this came in 1997, when Brian Leetch was very fortunate to win his second Norris Trophy. He benefited from four things: great play, American over Russian bias, playing in New York, and having twice as many points as Vladimir Konstantinov. Konstantinov very easily could have been voted the best defenseman in the League that year, and was arguably the most intimidating. I was reminded of the package that was Vlady when I stumbled across this gem. Notice there was no fight or nonsense after what was a clean hit.
3) Former Devils great Ken Daneyko is often the brunt of jokes, many of them self-inflicted, for holding the NHL record of playing 256 straight games without scoring a goal. He calls it his “bad” record. Unfortunately for Dano, one of his good records will soon fall: Devils forward Travis Zajac will play in his 388th consecutive game with New Jersey on Tuesday night, tying Daneyko’s team record. Barring anything unexpected, Zajac will break the record on Thursday against Ottawa.
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