November 24 2011 11:50AM
The quarter pole has arrived in the NHL season, and News and Notes is back to examine the state of affairs around the Nation and the league. In this episode, the Flames head for the bottom, the Oilers bounce back, and hockey's best rejoins the action.
Nation World HQ
November 24 2011 09:54AM
Here are the 10 things we learned during Wednesday night's 4-3 Jets overtime loss in Washington:
1. The Jets are now 8-9-4 after the loss to Washington. Caude Noel's team is so close to being good, it's scary. But dumb mistakes, by both the players and the coach, have cost the Jets at least seven points this season. Take the stupidity out of the turnovers, bad pinches, 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 rushes, the mishandling of personnel and bad goals and the Jets might be golden. As it is, they're 13th in the East.
November 22 2011 05:12PM
Ten games into the season, Dustin Byfuglien’s numbers were terrible. In those 10 contests, Byfuglien had one goal and three assists, along with a minus-5 rating. Those numbers, however seem to have turned a corner. In the last 10 games, Byfuglien has three goals, seven assists, and a respectable minus-1 rating. What happened?
Nation World HQ
November 22 2011 04:54PM
It's one of those things that hockey writers do at certain points of a long season. The team they cover has a day off, it has just played its 20th or 40th or 60th game of the season and you, the journalist, really have nothing more to write about until they go back to practice.
So you decide to grade the team. Forget that you've never played the game. Forget that you haven't even coached kids hockey. Forget all that. You have a free day so why not play school-marm and grade your little class.
It's time honored, it's usually wrong, it's ridiculously subjective and you know that people love to read it.
November 21 2011 11:25PM
Going into the offseason I thought it was pretty unlikely that I would receive a contract offer in the NHL.
That is the circle of life in the NHL.