Tag Archives: Columbus Blue Jackets

If I Told You In September…

12th
May. × ’14

A compilation of improbably stats and situations from the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.   Teams Five games into the divisional finals, the Minnesota Wild have still not lost at home, the path here included a seven game series against a team coached by a Jack Adams finalist, and being the lower ranked team in both […]


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Round One Rewind

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May. × ’14

The first round of the playoffs may have been the best opening round as a whole in years. The Columbus Blue Jackets traded blows and goals with the Pittsburgh Penguins and had the Metropolitan division winners looking just a bit weak. The loss of David Backes due to a suspend-able hit by Brent Seabrook was […]


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Its The Matchup Silly

25th
Apr. × ’14

In most sports relative skill levels are the magic smoke in the ox that determines the outcome of games, specifically playoff games. In the NHL more than other major league sports there are other factors that obliterate the relevance of the skill level of the two or three best players. Health is often a big […]


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Powerplays Proving Costly

20th
Apr. × ’14

It is a truism in sports; football, and hockey most of all that defense wins championships. We’ve seen it year after year. This year it seems to be adding a wrinkle to itself. Powerplays are costing teams games. Not by failing to produce, but by favoring offense so heavily, they aren’t prepared to play responsibly. […]


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If I Told You In September…

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Jan. × ’14

This is a feature that will run about every two weeks with improbable stats and situations in the National Hockey League.   Players: Dion Phanuef at a staggering .956 would have the highest on ice sv% of any NHL defenseman with 30 or more games played. that after leading the Ducks in scoring in the […]


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On The Hot Seat: Coaches

25th
Nov. × ’13

An NHL coaching job is nothing if not a reminder that all things are temporary. The Philadelphia Flyers made a coaching change, and improved. The Florida Panthers who are a lesser talent made a coaching change and they too improved.  There are teams struggling now, some because of talent, others because of execution.  And while […]


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One Question: Its November Now

4th
Nov. × ’13

October is over, and with the close of the seasons inaugural month we can finally start to get a handle on which teams are for real and which are just pretenders. Anaheim Ducks: When will they turn one or more of their wealth of goaltenders in future assets or skater to improve them for the […]


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What We Know

10th
Oct. × ’13

We’re a week into the new NHL season. Teams have played between two and four games, and several possibly sustainable surprises have come out of the first seven days.   Anaheim Ducks: Secondary scoring may actually be a factor this year, the top two in points through three games were added since last year, Mathieu […]


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New Feature: One Question

5th
Oct. × ’13

This irregular feature will run when I get bored. It will ask one scintillating question about each NHL team.   Anaheim Ducks: Can this team take advantage of its abundance of youth to compliment its savvy and skilled veteran core? Boston Bruins: Is there a single hockey observer anywhere who doesn’t think the team is […]


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