October 13 2011 09:14AM
When I last wrote about this issue, fellow LeafsNation contributor The '67 Sound rightly pointed to two issues in the study: 1) Sample size is something of a problem, and 2) Corsi numbers would probably be more accurate, as the stat represents an increase in sample size in and of itself, since it's counting shots instead of goals. I'll admit it: I was getting lazy.
October 13 2011 07:57AM
A few years ago Dennis Green, then coach of the Arizona Cardinals, gave one of the best rants in pro sports history. While the tirade doesn’t completely relate to the Winnipeg Jets, it always makes me laugh. And really isn’t that worth clicking on the link?
October 12 2011 06:20PM
It seems strange at this point in time that we at the Nation would go out of our way to cast a villain for the upcoming season. As I described to a fellow “Nationite” last weekend, everything has been all flowers and cupcakes in the Peg this summer and it has to end! Well actually I don’t expect it to end for a while yet, at least not until the first losing streak of the season…
October 12 2011 10:55AM
It was quite a first week in the NHL.
Winnipeg welcomed back the Jets and gave Gary Bettman a standing ovation, an agent went ballistic over a two-game suspension, Sidney Crosby didn't play, Jaromir Jagr returned, the Sabres, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Red Wings, Predators, Sharks and Oilers were undefeated, Don Cherry looked foolish, the Blue Jackets, Flames, and Jets went pointless, thankfully Lowetide didn't change his ways and a few players inched closer to some great achievements.
October 10 2011 11:43AM
A rough loss for the 'Peg early on, with the national media having descended upon Winnipeg and the hockey world, lovers, haters, it was probably tough to find a TV this thanksgiving in a Canadian home not tuned into the Jets first game back in Winnipeg. Montreal jumped out ahead early and won quite decisively 5-1.
-I'm always wary of games like this for the home team. Distraction plays a major part when there's an event surrounding the game that's bigger than the game. The press suggested that the Canadiens were in tough because this would be a loud crowd in Winnipeg, but, they've already played this season and can approach this game like any other. It's just another road game in a loud building. For the Jets, you have to deal with questions pre-game from Scott Oake such as "what's it like to finally play in a building that cares?" (I'm, of course, paraphrasing the wooden CBC personality's god-awful question to Evander Kane) and I have to think the players think about that a little too much. Outdoor games tend to favour the road teams (the home team is 2-4), as do home openers (the home team is 9-10 so far this season).