A lot has been happening lately–so much stuff, in fact, that it’s been difficult to pick one sports story to think much about, let alone write a commentary about it. One thing that has stood out, just enough, in these recent, active days has been the unusual immediate success of the NHL’s expansion darlings, the Vegas Golden Knights.
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The Golden Knights: they’re having quite the time in Vegas
At 9-4-0 with 18 points, the GK’s are sitting in second place in the Pacific and breathing down the necks of the division-leading Los Angeles Kings. It’s pretty remarkable that an expansion team would shoot out of the gate with such winning ways. Clearly, the Vegas ownership has done a sparkling job of putting together a team that can compete right away with the NHL’s established squads.
But you have to wonder: is this really a case of the Knights being that good…or everyone else not being all that great?
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Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
With the NHL trade deadline now in the rear view mirror, it’s worth taking a quick look at a few of the notable points to come out of all the activity—including a possible warning sign about what might lay just over the horizon.
The weirdest part of the deadline had to be seeing the Detroit Red Wings selling for a harvest of draft picks. I guess it’s safe to say that Hockeytown’s latest era has well and truly come to an end. How did Detroit do in their quest to reinvigorate the franchise? Only the most devoted hockey scout could even guess at this point. Continue reading Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
Remembrance Of Posts Past
Since we’re here in the doldrums of February, and there’s really nothing of particular importance going on, now would be a good time to revisit certain past topics of discussion for expansion, edification, or clarification.
Let’s start by expounding a bit more on one recent post topic, NHL Network’s On The Fly. Continue reading Remembrance Of Posts Past
Cleaning The Glass
I have been watching more hockey this season. Certainly more than last season.
This has at least a little bit to do with the local San Jose Sharks’ success last season. After all, a Stanly Cup Final run will get your attention.
However, I think my willingness to tune in and give over my valuable time has as much to do with what I’m not seeing as it does with what I am seeing. Simply put: I’m more willing to tune in because–mirabile dictu–those damn ads have disappeared from the glass at the ends of the rink. Continue reading Cleaning The Glass
Three Is Not The NHL’s Magic Number
I guess it was a Christmas miracle: somehow, in the midst of this painfully busy holiday season, I found the time to watch two hockey games. I was able to check out the two games on the Sharks schedule sandwiched around the holiday: first at home against Edmonton, then last night’s road game against the Ducks in Anaheim.
Both games went into overtime, and both ended with San Jose victories during the extra period. Those two extra periods were the first time I really took a good, long look at the still new-ish 3-on-3 (rather than 4-on-4) overtime setup.
The theory, in removing yet another player from the ice, seemed pretty simple: take away one guy and the ice opens up for a more freewheeling, exciting five minutes (or less). Therefore, take away another player and obviously you’ll get even more freewheeling, more exciting hockey. Right?
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