October 26 2012 09:57AM
Goals are fun. You know what they say: chicks dig the
long-ball bulging of the twine. I'm sure that scoring a goal at the NHL level is one of the funnest things you could possibly do (legally).
What's not quite as glorious - but just as valuable in contributing to the effort of winning hockey games - is the act of preventing the puck from entering your own net. After all, a 1-0 win counts just as much as the 6-5 win. Remember, the ultimate objective of hockey is to score one more goal than you allow on any given night.
You don't truly recognize the beauty, and importance, of a great two-way defenseman until you get to watch one on a regular basis. Then, everything changes and you're left wondering how you slummed through all those days without one. What's even better than that is when you can combine two defenseman of that ilk, to form a top defensive pairing. There's comfort in knowing that you're in good hands.
Which teams (and individuals) benefited from this sort of chemistry? And how do they stack up against each other?
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October 25 2012 11:24PM
After a lockout wiped out the 2004/2005 season the NHL had to come up with a plan on how to decide the draft order for the "Sidney Sweepstakes." Sidney Crosby had been heralded as the #1 choice for the 2005 draft since he was 14 years old, and now the NHL had the dubious task of trying to come up with a "fair" process to determine which franchise would choose him first overall.
October 25 2012 07:09PM
Here's today's KHL action featuring great goals and saves as usual. You might notice we're missing one game, and that would be CKSA Moscow (Datsyuk, Grabovski, Bryzgalov, Radulov) vs Lev Prague (Zdeno Chara). We're still working on that one. We'll include that in this post as soon as we're done!
October 24 2012 08:17PM
Today was actually nuts for KHL highlights, especially for upsets. Semin out-duelled Ovechkin, Fedotenko and Ponikarovsky lit up Malkin and Kulemin, Kovalchuk finally cooled off, and Artyukhin lays a hit that sends a player flying like it's a video game.
October 24 2012 08:04AM
Contrary to popular belief, greed has not been the driving force behind the NHL lockout.
No. To date, it's just been business. And in business, you exploit your position to extract the maximum profits the market will bear. You do this either by squeezing out the competition so you have free reign to raise prices, or you use leverage to drive costs out of your supply chain. There is no greed involved. It's just math.
In fact, if greed has a role to play, it will be in saving the NHL hockey season. Here's why...