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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
You weren't the only confused fans when this potential game-changing decision was made by trailing referee Ghislain Hebert to disallow Drew Miller's legitimate goal. Instead of the Wings being credited with scoring the first goal of the game they went on the penalty kill when a phantom goalkeeper interference penalty was assessed to Luke Glendening.
There is no way to sugar-coat this blown call. I'm certain the referee would be the first to admit the play did not happen the way that he thought it did from his position in the neutral zone. There is no value in beating him up over it as mistakes happen. What I want to focus our attention on is the breakdown in the two-referee system that took place in hopes it won't happen again; along with options that might have been available to alter this decision on the ice. Video review is presently unable to provide information or confirmation to referees on penalty infractions so there was no option for them to get involved on this play once the penalty was assessed.
added 2:39pm, Babcock says just get it right, watch below...
The San Jose Sharks have played 11 games, a handful of teams have played 10 and the rest are either at 8 or 9 games played.
Yes I know it is early but my early surprise teams are Nashville, Vancouver, New York Islanders and Calgary on the plus side.
My surprises on the other end have to be St. Louis, Columbus and Colorado.
By far, the Flames are way above my expectations while Colorado has yet to play up to their potential.
How about you? Full NHL standings are below for you to review.
via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,
Backes and Oshie both have concussions.
Lindstrom is out with the bacterial illness.
Plus Paul Stastny is still on IR.
Below, watch a Legends of Hockey feature on Glenn Hall.
His consecutive game streak ended at 502 and one which will never be broken.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
The National Hockey League’s scheduling process strikes me as a laborious task. The people responsible for creating the thirty team schedules have to take into account things like venue availability, travel burden, associated costs of travel, and competitive balance, all while trying to squeeze 2,460 games into a seven-month window.
One of the things I’ve always found most interesting is how the league attempts to mitigate the number of back-to-back situations (not so eloquently referred to as “schedule losses” in NHL and NBA circles), a considerable slice of the league’s larger fight with competitive balance. To the league’s credit, Dirk Hoag’s work suggests that the league does try to schedule a comparable number of back-to-back situations for every franchise.
Now, the eyeball test has long been damning of team performance on the second-half of back-to-backs, and I think that’s largely why the league has really made a concerted effort to balance the number of schedule losses around the league. The data substantiates what the eyeball test has told us for so long – teams on no rest struggle considerably relative to league norms, considerably so when those back-to-backs come on the road.
Seven years of available data substantiates what the eyeball test has told us for so long – teams on no rest struggle considerably relative to league norms.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Edmonton Oilers lost 4-1 at home to Nashville on Wednesday night, remaining winless on the season versus teams in the Western Conference but a perfect 4-0-0 against the Eastern Conference. The problem, of course, is the Oilers play more of their games in the West. They'll need to figure out Big Boy hockey if they're going to contend for a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, Pekka Rinne improved to 6-1-1 on the season for the Preds, currently sporting a 1.71 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. It's a reminder of just how much the Preds missed their anchor netminder last year when he battled a hip injury/infection for most of the season. Now that he's healthy, Nashville is a threat to make the playoffs.
read on for Burnside on the no-goal in Washington, Custance on Marian Hossa and Strang on John Moore...
ABDELKADER RALLIES RED WINGS PAST CAPITALS
Down 2-1 after 40 minutes, Justin Abdelkader (2-1—3) scored the tying and winning goals in the third period to lift the Red Wings to their first victory in Washington since Dec. 9, 2005 (snapping a 0-3-1 skid).
* Abdelkader recorded his seventh career game-winning goal and second this season. He also scored the overtime winner Oct. 23 vs. PIT – a game in which the Red Wings rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the final three minutes of regulation to force the extra period.
* Abdelkader posted the second three-point game of his NHL career; he registered a career-high 3-1—4 March 22, 2013 at ANA.
* Pavel Datsyuk added 1-1—2, including the primary assist on Abdelkader’s decisive tally and an insurance marker with less than one minute left in regulation. He has collected at least one point in all four of his appearances this season, totaling 2-3—5.
* Datsyuk now has 5-13—18 in 14 career games against the Capitals, including 5-7—12 in seven career visits to Verizon Center.
* Jimmy Howard made 25 saves to improve to 4-1-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in seven appearances this season.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
The phrase “the straw that broke the camel’s back” is tossed around too often, but when it comes to expanded video review in the NHL, the goalie interference call assessed to Detroit’s Luke Glendening Wednesday night certainly qualifies. Thankfully, the spectacular botch job didn’t decide the game’s outcome, but the fact a call this bad could be agreed on between two referees should be deeply disconcerting to league officials and every team in the league....
And imagine what would happen if a similarly awful penalty/rescinded goal materialized in the final game of the regular season and the result of that game meant the difference between a team making or missing the playoffs. Imagine if a call like that went down during the playoffs – say, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final – and there were no option for the officials to skate over to the penalty box area, check a video monitor for a few brief minutes and make sure they got the call right. Fans and media of the team on the wrong end of such a predicament would go apoplectic, and rightfully so; any league unwilling to utilize technology readily available to assure the integrity of its game is a league painfully out of touch with what fans demand in return for their investments of time, money and emotion.
If it ever got to that point, the NHL would need to hold an IPO to raise its stock to laughing status.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Their 31 goals against in eight games became the third-worst mark in the NHL after a season-high seven goals were let in Tuesday against the Lightning, but mix in a pair of six-goal games and the play that led to these routs is becoming more characteristic of the Coyotes than the defense-first identity they targeted in the offseason.
"They're certainly concerning," coach Dave Tippett said. "Our defending hasn't been near where it needs to be, and it's two-fold. We haven't defended well and gotten behind in games and then you chase games, and then you really look like a sloppy team. We've had too many games like that this year."
And that's perhaps the most perplexing development as the Coyotes tackle Game9 tonight against the Panthers: The principles that built this team haven't delivered. Character, chemistry and compete were the buzzwords that guided General Manager Don Maloney's summer renovation project, and all have been inconsistent.
"We're not anywhere good enough the way we're competing right now," Maloney said. "So we need to get better or things are going to change around here probably sooner rather than later."
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Given Moore’s history, the five-game sentence is probably light by a few games. But a sentence of six games or more would qualify for an appeal to an independent arbiter. And a reduction of the suspension — which would surely be possible, if not likely, given precedent — would not exactly prove a ringing endorsement of Quintal in his first ruling after being named this summer as Brendan Shanahan’s successor as VP of the Department of Player Safety.
The NHL now has dealt with Moore twice in the last five months. That’s the stuff of Chris Simon and the some of the most notorious miscreants in NHL history. That’s the stuff of Chris (Mr. Justice) Pronger, who was suspended twice for a pair of headshots delivered within a five-game span of the 2007 playoffs.
Moore’s inexcusable lack of discipline is costing him and the Rangers, and what else is new? The 23-year-old has been among the team’s most disappointing players thus far. A tease with obvious talent who cannot seem to connect the dots from his skates to his hands to his heart to his head.
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