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from Curtis Stock of the Edmonton Journal,
New research confirms what many NHL hockey fans have long suspected, that referees consistently call more penalties on visiting teams.
In a sampling of more than 2,300 power plays from Jan. 1 through mid-February, home teams had 11.5 per cent more man advantages than did visitors.
National Hockey League teams have won 55 per cent more points and games at home than on the road this year — a statistic which fits nicely into the 54- to 56-per-cent advantage home teams have enjoyed throughout this decade.
Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are: Peter Chiarelli (Boston Bruins GM), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jim Cummins (former NHLer), Patrick Hoffman (Kukla’s Korner), Jeremiah Gordon (World Outdoor Hockey Championships), and Conor McKenna (Team 990 Montreal).
from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,
The time has never been better to expand the NHL playoff structure from 16 to 20 teams.
It’s way overdue. Come on, way back in the days of the Original 21, it was a 16-team playoff format. So the pool of non-playoff teams has risen from five to 14 without so much as a revision? Doesn’t make sense.
The time is right for a few reasons.
(a) More parity in the NHL than ever before. In the Eastern Conference this season, there’s a clear gap between the 10th-place team and the 11th-place team. That’s a natural dividing line. In the Western Conference, 11 teams are in contention for just the final four spots. It’s a shame that seven of them will miss the post-season dance.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Each season, Campbell says, one or two teams think they are “getting a raw deal,” sparking anger and conspiracy theories. He acknowledges that the Blue Jackets are one of those teams this season.
The Jackets are 1-6 on video reviews, according to league-issued, play-by-play summaries. Two disallowed goals—one by captain Rick Nash on Oct. 25 in Minnesota, the other by Manny Malhotra on Dec. 18 in Dallas—loom large for a franchise trying to make its first playoff appearance.
Campbell said he empathizes with all NHL fans who feel wronged but emphasizes that past calls will have no bearing on the next review.
“It would be easy to say, ‘It’s Columbus, they’ve got to make the playoffs this year and they have had a couple of tough calls go against them and they need this one,’ ” he said. “But we can’t do that.”
More than goals
Some Blue Jackets fans swear that Toronto’s injustice toward them goes back several seasons. Peruse the Internet long enough, though, and you will find similar stories and controversies involving other franchises.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 27, 2009) – The countdown is on to the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline. Whether at work or play, NHL fans will have the opportunity to stay connected to all the action leading up to and throughout Trade Deadline Day 2009 through unprecedented coverage by the NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Radio.
Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to bolster their rosters for their 2009 playoff runs. Beginning at noon that day, the League’s three media platforms will simulcast six hours of trade deadline-focused programming that will keep fans informed while providing exclusive access to the League’s movers and shakers and, for the first time, a behind-the-scenes look at how a trade officially goes down.
from Daryl at The Offside,
Why am I being so hard on hockey? It’s not because I dislike it (it might be the most watchable US sport in that it’s 5-a-side football + ice + fights).
But I’m basically sick of soccer being the punchline in US sports. So have decided - for one post only - to lash out. At hockey.
Mostly because if the beautiful game is going to catch up/overtake one of the bigger US sports, it’s clearly going to be the one where paying fans are in danger of frostbite and none of the players have any front teeth.
Hockey Hall of Fame executive Jim Gregory is in critical condition in a Toronto hospital.
Gregory, 73, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after suffering a heart attack.
He was stabilized and remains in intensive care as he continues to be evaluated by doctors.
note: at 3:05pm, TSN changed the text of their story and the above reflects that change.
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Obviously, it’s going to be a fun week to see how all this trade-deadline stuff shakes out around the league. If you’re really looking for credible information, posted by writers who use their actual names and do reporting by talking to actual people, any of the blogs linked on the right side of the page are good resources.
I’d like to point out two more, for those who might not be aware of them. Greg Wyshynski posts news, and a lot of really entertaining features, at his Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo. Paul Kukla does a fantastic job, at Kukla’s Korner, of posting the latest news and actually attributing it to sources. What a concept!
No payola involved. Those are just two sites I happen to enjoy visiting. Feel free to post others that you think do a good job.
Very nice of you to include KK! I also want to point out Alanah does a great job helping out and I would be lost without her.
Now Rich is asking (use the above link) for other sites that you think would be worthy of a mention, so let him know and I will be following it and keep KK readers updated.
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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Two years ago, (former) Philadelphia Flyer Steve Downie hit (former) Ottawa Senator Dean McAmmond with a viscious headshot as he circled the net. Downie left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head. He received, rightfully, a 20-game suspension.
Tuesday night, St. Louis Blues scrapper Cam Janssen hit Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek with an equally vicious headshot in the exact same area. Janssen, a repeat offender, left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head. Janssen received a $2500 fine.
There are only two major differences between the two plays.
First, the Downie hit happened in Canada, the victim was a player on a Canadian team, and it was replayed endlessly, becoming a catalyst for the headshot debate. The Janssen hit happened in a Blues-Coyotes game. Nuff said.
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