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Video: Jimmy Fallon on the Pros & Cons of a Vegas expansion team

Jimmy Fallon discussed the pros and cons of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas. The segment wasn’t great, but we did get a good laugh at Fallon trying to pronounce Semyon Varlamov and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s been a long time since the Maple Leafs allowed 9 goals

The Nashville Predators made the Toronto Maple Leafs look silly on Tuesday night. The Preds dropped a nine spot on the Leafs as they climbed back on top of the Central Division. As you might imagine, Maple Leafs fans weren’t too pleased. They reportedly even began to cheer for the Predators as the night wore on. So, when was the last time the Leafs allowed nine goals? Over 20 years...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Jason Spezza close to multi-year extension with Dallas

Almost as soon as the Dallas Stars acquired Jason Spezza in a trade with the Ottawa Senators, the Stars made it known that Spezza was not a one-year rental. The club announced that they hoped to keep Spezza in the mix well beyond the 2014-15 season and were ready to negotiate. Spezza wanted to see how things went first and wanted to get comfortable in his new city. Apparently he’s...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fights of the Week: 11/10 – 11/16

This installment of Hockey Fights of the Week features plenty of familiar names. If you’ve followed this series over the last couple of seasons, there’s a group of guys you expect to find in our rankings. Rinaldo, Roussel, Glass and McLeod are just a few of the names we’ve featured prominently over the last couple years and they all make an appearance below. 5. Mark Borowiecki...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL may ditch the dry scrape prior to OT

The NHL is reportedly debating ditching the dry scrape of the ice which occurs between the end of the third period and overtime. The origin of the dry scrape rule came as a result of the NHL trying to improve the playing surface in the extra period. Unfortunately, the delay which occurs during the dry scrape has been an annoyance and has even sent fans to the exits. The league has...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Analytics Power Rankings: 11/18

Welcome to the first NHL Analytics Power Rankings. In what will become a regular feature here at Puck Drunk Love, I will publish a power ranking of the NHL teams based on advanced statistics. What goes into this ranking? Shot attempts for percentage, offensive/defensive zone starts, goals for percentage and puck luck are the elements of this analytic power ranking. 2013-14 NHL season...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Patience is a virtue for the Islanders and John Tavares

The former child prodigy and number one overall pick of the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry draft, John Tavares, has been steadily improving and is now considered amongst the best players in the game. His drive and determination to be the best has no doubt kept him on the right path during the first portion of his NHL career. John Tavares has enduring some very lean times...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Martin Brodeur still hopes to play this season

Martin Brodeur hasn’t given up hope on playing during the 2014-15 season just yet. As teams near the 20-game mark of their year, Brodeur’s odds of finding a home haven’t really changed. In fact, you could say that his odds have gotten worse as teams have left Ilya Bryzgalov on the open market and Minnesota recently placed Josh Harding on waivers. Still, Brodeur is hopeful...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Examining the best and worst puck-movers in the NHL

Perhaps the top priorities of any NHL franchise, behind goaltenders, are solid puck moving defenders. Elite center men are essential components of any winning team, however without defenders able to move the puck out of their own zone these forwards do not have as much opportunity to showcase their offensive skills. It is very difficult to attain these types of players unless they...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Discussing shot quality and the Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes and head coach Dave Tippett have the reputation of being a defense first team. A key for any defensive scheme is to limit the amount of quality scoring chances the opponent gets and rely on your goaltender to stop the “routine” shots. In this article we will look mostly at the Arizona Coyotes. A great deal of work has been done by various members of the media...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Brent Seabrook takes a nasty spill into the boards

Brent Seabrook and Ryan Garbutt were jockeying for position when both men lost their footing and went sliding across the ice. Garbutt ended up in Chicago’s net while Seabrook slid and had a nasty collision with the boards. Seabrook appeared to have the wind knocked out of him. Here’s a slower version of the brutal moment of impact:
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Mark Stuart keeps Jason Zucker down on the ice

Jason Zucker crashed into the end boards after an awkward collision with Mark Stuart. As Zucker was down on the ice, Stuart made sure he stayed there be shoving him repeatedly in the back. The whole scene was rather uncomfortable as it was clear on the broadcast that the mostly motionless Zucker was in rough shape. Zucker left but later returned to the action. As for Stuart, no...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Will David Booth make his mark with the Leafs?

Left winger David Booth is still in the prime of his career at age 29, and the six foot 210 plus pound winger could still regain his form once healthy. Prior to joining the Vancouver Canucks in 2011-12 he had two seasons of 20 or more goals and one season of 30 or more goals through five seasons in the NHL. Unfortunately his game seems to have been in decline since suffering a concussion...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel melts down after Leafs lose to Sabres

Phil Kessel was having a great week. But on Saturday night, after a loss to the Sabres, Kessel wasn’t in the mood to face the music. Kessel's exact reaction when asked for comment: "Get away from me." — Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) November 16, 2014 Yikes. Let the Meme’s begin! pic.twitter.com/nF9bmcn70b — The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) November 16, 2014 via TheScore    
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Who are the best penalty killers in the NHL?

Most often within those writing about advanced statistics for the NHL we hear about even strength numbers. This is largely because being on a power play or penalty kill tips the scales somewhat in either direction. At even strength we can better determine the player’s skill level without the bias that comes with the extra attacker or being down one teammate. NHL teams often acquire...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Evgeni Malkin crushes Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi probably still isn’t sure what hit him behind his own net. Evgeni Malkin appeared silently behind the defenseman and delivered a brutal hit which sent Girardi flying.
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

As goes Mike Smith, so go the Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes are not a very good hockey team. This is an obvious statement that requires no advanced statistics or anything of the like. They’re decent on paper and the product on the ice has been quite poor. If the current trend that has been witnessed in the first near-quarter of the season is any indication, they could spend the year battling the Edmonton Oilers for...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

What are a team’s playoff chances when they have a negative goal differential?

Scoring more goals for than against is key to making the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the NHL, which is definitely not a revolutionary statement by any means. Intuitively, if you score more than your opposition you win games. But can a team make the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they get scored on more than they score? Let’s take a look… Only 12 teams with a negative goal differential...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dominik Hasek ignored phone call about Hall of Fame induction

The news regarding Dominik Hasek’s induction into the Hall of Fame took a while to reach the goaltender. Here’s another classic instance where an athlete ignored a phone call which held important news.  When Hasek received the phone call, it came from a number he wasn’t familiar with so he was a little reluctant to answer. Ultimately deciding to answer, the connection on...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Jaroslav Halak makes a bizarre save with his shoulder

Here’s a save you may have never seen before. Jaroslav Halak stopped an initial shot and then trapped the puck against the crossbar with his shoulder as it started to trickle over his body. File this one under the “couldn’t do it again if he tried 100 times” category.
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Puck Luck – Colorado can’t beat an Avalanche of shots

Much has been made of the downfall of the Colorado Avalanche so far this season. As predicted by many bloggers and mainstream media alike the Avalanche have come back to earth, so to speak, this season. Unlike last season when the Avalanche had 35 wins (76% of the games) when they were out shot, which was good for first in the NHL, this season the Avalanche have only won two games...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Kari Lehtonen denies Jarret Stoll with a crazy save

Here’s a Save of the Year candidate from Kari Lehtonen. Jarret Stoll looks like he has an easy tap-in, but Lehtonen dives across the crease and makes an amazing save.
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pekka Rinne taken out by his own net

The St. Louis Blues narrowly beat the Nashville Predators in a game which featured a ton of big hits. The game’s best and most hilarious hit belonged to the Nashville net.
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Harsh reality setting in for the Columbus Blue Jackets

The harsh reality of their disappointing start is beginning to set in for the Columbus Blue Jackets. With 15 games in the books, the Blue Jackets have just nine points to show for their efforts. It’s not clear how many points will be needed to make the playoffs in the East this season, but it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out the Blue Jackets are in bad shape. In a...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Darryl Sutter delivers another amazing interview

Interviews with LA Kings coach Darryl Sutter are an experience. If you ask a vague or stupid question, you’d better be prepared to receive a nonsensical answer. Sutter’s talent for shaming questions was on full display following his team’s shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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