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Early May Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The shortened NHL schedule is robbing Maple Leafs fans and their two best players of possible team records. The Leafs are playing at 113-point pace. The most points they’ve ever had in any season is 105. Auston Matthews leads the NHL and is scoring at 62-goal pace. No Leaf has ever had more than 54 goals in a season. Mitch Marner is scoring at 101-point pace. No Leafs winger has ever been over 100 points. No individual records or team records will obviously be broken in a 56-game schedule. It makes you wonder what if — and what might have been possible over 82 games.

- Connor McDavid, meanwhile, is scoring at a pace that hasn’t been seen in 25 years. And just six years into his career, he’s still getting better. McDavid trails only Gretzky, Lemieux, Bossy and Bobby Orr in career points per game. McDavid is at 1.386 points per game, his agent Orr is at 1.393 a game. He should pass him soon. This season, McDavid is scoring at 1.75 point a game.

- Funny, nobody needed graphs, charts and computer printouts to determine how great Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau or Jari Kurri were defensively. Same with Patrice Bergeron today. All you have to is watch the games. What a concept.

- If you’re an NHL player and you’ve lived the entire season with strict COVID-19 restrictions, why would you ever go to Latvia for the world hockey championships? Wouldn’t you just say no.

- Both ESPN and Turner have to fill out their hockey broadcasting rosters now that they’re doing NHL games next season. In no particular order, I would reach out to Ray Ferraro, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Elliotte Friedman, Kevin Bieksa, Mike Johnson, Pierre LeBrun, Kevin Weekes, Kathryn Tappen, Kenny Albert, Mike Johnson, Steve Levy, Michael Farber, Anson Carter, AJ Mleczko, John Forslund, and yeah, I would make a call to Doc Emrick to see if he wanted to come out of retirement. And then I’d go from there and complete the staffs. And doesn’t Turner have to find a place for Charles Barkley, who loves the Stanley Cup playoffs, if only on occasion? And I’m probably in the minority on this, but for panel purposes, I’d bring back Mike Milbury. Every good panel needs a contrarian.

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Funny, nobody needed graphs, charts and computer printouts to determine how great Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau or Jari Kurri were defensively. Same with Patrice Bergeron today. All you have to is watch the games. What a concept

Maybe the first time ive agreed with Steve.  Too many professionals reading box scores or “multitasking” during the game.  It’s always obvious too when people speak on the game or team by mainly watching box scores.  Just WATCH the players.

Posted by ThatGuy on 05/02/21 at 10:03 AM ET

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And again, Simmons continues to obfuscate the point. And the point is….why not both?

Patrice Bergeron and Pavel Datsyuk are two of the great two-way centers in the 2000s.
People in Boston would probably say that Bergeron is better.
People in Detroit would probably say that Datsyuk is better.

What we watch is subject to bias.

What is still subject to bias, but much less so, is when we try to quantify some data.

Which of them is better in the faceoff circle? How do you explain that without using faceoff percentage or raw faceoff win numbers?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/02/21 at 11:46 AM ET

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Pierre and Eddie O can frig off. Their voices alone bring great pain to the ear drums of many.

Posted by Probie4Prez on 05/02/21 at 12:38 PM ET

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Pierre and Eddie O can frig off. Their voices alone bring great pain to the ear drums of many.

Posted by Probie4Prez on 05/02/21 at 12:38 PM ET

Jackie Redmond is more tolerable than those preening clowns.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/02/21 at 01:50 PM ET

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No mention of Grapes?  wink

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/02/21 at 02:21 PM ET

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