The best player no one talks about

Robert Cleave
January 12 2012 12:51PM

               

As someone that's worked the mathier side of hockey analysis for a few years, I've become inured to seeing players with shiny boxcar numbers get lauded while players labouring under difficult circumstances get ignored. It's the way things have always worked in the hockey media, and despite the occasional mention of underlying numbers from guys like Elliotte Friedman, the use of advanced stats still is out there on the fringes.

With that in mind, this morning's column from Gary Lawless mentioning, amongst other things, that Jonathan Toews was his pick from the Selke was pretty much exactly what I expected. I realize that the Selke has evolved into an award given to really good offensive players that can find their own end without the aid of a GPS, so the fact that players in the recent past like Frans Nielsen have received the bum's rush is unfortunate, but unsurprising.

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Does the Momentum Boost From Fighting Help Teams Win Games?

Jonathan Willis
January 11 2012 02:40AM

It’s a scene anyone who watches NHL hockey has seen: two players squaring off, dropping the gloves, and going at it. One player might dominate the other, the two players might draw more or less even, but after the fight the teams will generally get back to playing 5-on-5 hockey (barring an instigator penalty to one player.)

Usually, one team will come out playing better after the fight. And usually, the commentator that evening will make a point of mentioning that Player X’s big fight win and/or willingness to go toe-to-toe with a beast like Player Y has given his team momentum.

Is there any truth to that story?

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Two Jets Get Hurt. The Rest Get Handed Their Butts.

Nation World HQ
January 10 2012 08:38PM

For awhile, the Winnipeg Jets were a team with a legitimate chance to do what the Vancouver Canucks did earlier this week. They had a chance to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins at the TD Garden.

But even though the Jets had a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes, they were in big trouble. You could see it. Tanner Glass was injured in the first period when he suffered a huge, ugly gash on his face. Then, No. 2 defenseman Zach Bogosian suffered a "lower-body injury" (I love that terminology) in the second period and didn't return and while the Jets refused to use the loss of a checker and maybe the team's best defensive defenseman as an excuse, it was obvious that Bogosian's absence, at least, was a blow to the team's fortunes.

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Are The Jets In Danger Of Losing Beer?

Jonathan Willis
January 10 2012 02:53PM

Yesterday, True North Sports & Entertainment had to send representatives before Manitoba’s Liquor Control Commission. The meeting was the result of an incident where the MLCC caught a minor being served alcohol at the Winnipeg Jets home opener.

The MLCC has the authority to impose a suspension of liquor sales at MTS Center. Is that a likely outcome?

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Nation Radio - January 7, 2012

NationRadio
January 09 2012 10:34AM

 

Nation Radio's first show of 2012 is top notch. We leave the WJHC behind and get back to the business of talking NHL players and prospects. We get some in-depth Leafs updates courtesy JP NIkota and James Mirtle as well as some Flames talk (eyeroll) with Kent Wilson.

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