Whimsical NHL Realignment by Expansion Eras

Found this on my hard drive. Meant to post it during the realignment debate. This is not a serious suggestion. It wouldn’t work for any number of pesky real-world practical reasons. Still, it’s fun, at least for me, maybe for you. Montreal Canadiens Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins New York Rangers Chicago Blackhawks Detroit Red…

It’s here: the 2013 NHL CBA!

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2013 NHL CBA (NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement PDF) I am perversely excited to dive into this massive document, which is officially titled “Collective Bargaining Agreement between National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, September 16, 2012 – September 15, 2022.”  

Suspension? Maybe — but that was an accident

Yeah, Duncan Keith probably earned himself a game suspension for his high-stick to the face of Jeff Carter. There’s no question it was a high stick. There’s no question he intentionally swung his stick in Carter’s direction. But. I think it’s pretty clear from the replay that they were picking at each other all the…

Game 1 post-game Game 2 pre-game bullets

Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams: three clutch players. That was one of those “tails, heads, heads” games, like in the St. Louis series. Very, very close, with a razor thin margin for error. Dave Bolland hit on Mike Richards? I can see the argument both ways. But I didn’t think it was outrageous,…

Pre-Game 1 perspectivizer

Kings are 2-0 all-time in Conference Finals series (Toronto, 1993; Phoenix, 2012). 8-4 in Conference Finals games. 2-1 (series) and 8-8 (games) if you count the 1969 series against the Blues, before there were conferences. The Kings faced the Blackhawks in one previous playoff series, in 1974. The Blackhawks won the series, 4-1. The Blackhawks…

First all black-pants final four in NHL history

Try adding that to your broadcast, NBC. UPDATE: Okay, so I’m an idiot. The Avalanche have black pants, so 2000 (Avs-Devils-Stars-Flyers) was also all black-pants. Tampa had a big swath of blue in their pants in 2004, so I cross them off the list. Not that I meant for this to be a serious stat……

And the winner of the 2013 Stanley Cup is…

…someone with black pants. And, as I said in this morning’s post, for the first time in the modern history of the league, the last four Stanley Cup winners are the last four teams standing. (Tonight, I saw that NBC was saying it’s the second time in NHL history this has happened; come on, with…

Has this ever happened before? Nope.

The last five teams alive are also the last five cup winners: 2008 – Detroit Red Wings 2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 – Chicago Blackhawks 2011 – Boston Bruins 2012 – Los Angeles Kings And if the Blackhawks win tonight, it will be the last four cup-winners in the Conference Finals. Also, it guarantees that…

I guess Dean Lombardi was right about Justin Williams

The Justin Williams trade is, sort of, the reason I started blogging. In the wake of the Williams/O’Sullivan deadline deal — and the ensuing fire-storm in the Inside the Kings comments section, I really wanted a poll on whether commenter celebre Anthony [who?] was right about the Williams trade (hint: he wasn’t). The result was the blog Kings Kool…

Game 7 stats, ctd.

Game 7 look-ahead: Plenty of stats out there to bolster Sharks hopes against Kings — or dash them | Working the Corners [...] 16 NHL playoffs series [...] have followed the pattern of this one with the home team winning every game leading up to the seventh. In that seventh game in those series, the…

Game 6: Kings’ best, Sharks’ worst

As a franchise, the Kings are: 17-25 in Game 1s 18-24 in Game 2s 15-24 in Game 3s 10-26 in Game 4s 16-12 in Game 5s 13-6 in Game 6s 3-4 in Game 7s As a franchise, the Sharks are: 15-15 in Game 1s 12-18 in Game 2s 19-11 in Game 3s 16-14 in Game…

Kings v Sharks Game 4 Pre-Game Bullets

Kings are 5-3 in series in which they are up 2-1 going into game 4. The last time the Kings were up 2-1, it was the Canucks series three years ago. Sharks are 3-8 in series in which they are down 2-1 going into game 4. Kings are 40-70 on the road in the playoffs.…

SWEET FANCY MOSES!

Kings win their sixth game in a row. Is that their longest streak of the season? Yes. It’s the longest Kings’ winning streak since they won 8 in a row last playoffs. Tyler Toffoli. TT. T2. Drew the penalty. Then made the Lewis goal happen. Trevor Lewis is in an awful lot of playoff highlights.…