When War Wasn't An Analogy: Remembering Conn Smythe

Danny Gray
November 11 2011 08:09AM

Conn Smythe and others enlisting in 1939 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The relationship between professional sports and the military has long been a complicated one. To outside observers the NFL often seems like another branch of the American Military. Don Cherry sets aside time each week on Coach’s Corner to remember the fallen men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Both Brian Burke and Luke Schenn travelled to Afghanistan this summer to visit troops serving there with the latter sponsoring a program for the military men and women known as “Luke’s Troops”. While today the relationship is mostly symbolic, in the past the connection was much more direct. No man better demonstrates the relationship between hockey and the military than Conn Smythe.

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2012 NHL All-Star Game Ballot Released

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2011 05:00PM

The NHL released its annual All-Star Game fan ballot today, which means it’s time to look over the list and see which players were undeservedly included and which ones were unfairly ignored.

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Can Teams Win By Taking Higher Quality Shots?

Jonathan Willis
November 09 2011 11:05PM

Shot quality is a hot-button issue among people who spend time trying to learn about the game of hockey through statistical analysis.

Intuitively, we all know that shot quality exists. A quick blast from center ice immediately prior to a line change is far less likely to score than a superstar taking a shot on a breakaway. The question, then, isn’t whether shot quality exists – we know it does – but whether teams can use it to help them win games.

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Here Come the The Lightning: Zzzzzzz. (Pronger Rips Into Tampa's Inaction)

Nation World HQ
November 09 2011 08:49PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- On paper, the Tampa Bay Lightning have one of the most exciting teams in hockey. Even with Ryan Malone and Victor Hedman injured, the Lightning can still boast Vincent Lecavalier, Martrin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell. It's a team that shouldn't have trouble scoring. It's also a team that one would suspect plays "old-fashioned fire-wagon hockey." 

But when the Lightning come to Winnipeg on Monday night, Jets fans are going to see a team that loves to trap -- a team that only seems to think about mounting an offense when it has the power-play, or when it falls behind. After all, when the Lightning beat the Jets 1-0 on Oct. 29, it was one of the few times this season the Lightning had scored the first goal of the hockey game. Even with that, Tampa took only 27 shots at Ondrej Pavelec while the Jets managed 28 on Dwayne Roloson. 

On Wednesday night here at the St. Pete Times Forum, Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette appeared determined to show the hockey world that the Lightning are as boring as the outcome of their games this season would suggest.

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Jets Return Home After Confidence Building Road Swing

Matt Eichel
November 09 2011 07:28AM

Not only did Bryan Little finally bulge the twine or Ondrej Pavelec collect his first shutout, but the Winnipeg Jets were able to have a winning record on the road trip (3-2-2) and collect eight out of a possible 14 points.

Another positive from the Jets two week road trip are the emergence of Mark Flood as he fills in for the indefinitely injured Tobias Enstrom.

It seems that once Ron Hainsey, Derek Meech, and Randy Jones are back and healthy, Flood may become the seventh defensemen, if the Jets decide to continue with seven with Enstrom on the shelf.

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