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So now that 3-on-3 OT is happening, what about the format?

17 March 2015 - 04:21 PM

AHL format or 5 minutes of 3-on-3? Personally, I still think they should go with a two period format, so a long play doesn't end up cutting into 3 on 3 time. I'd like something like the AHL format of 7 minutes total, with a set 4 minutes of 4 on 4 and 3 minutes of 3 on 3 or vice versa.




"The question now is which of two ideas to use: five minutes of 3-on-3 or the American Hockey League format. Starting this season, the AHL went to seven minutes of OT – 4-on-4 until the first whistle after the three-minute mark, then 3-on-3.


The GMs will discuss it with their coaches and players. The competition committee, which includes representatives from the NHL Players’ Association, will discuss it. Ultimately rule changes must be approved by the NHL Board of Governors.


If all the hurdles are cleared, the NHL could have 3-on-3 OT as soon as next season."

Move Over Panera...There's a New Hot Spot in Town

24 February 2015 - 12:35 AM



Schneider credited defenseman Marek Zidlicky with saving a goal with the Devils hanging to a 1-0 lead and 8:59 left in the second period. Joe Vitale had batted the puck out of mid-air in the left circle and it bounced past Schneider's left pad, but Zidlicky was behind him in the crease to swat it away with his stick.


“I didn't really get a good look at it, but it looked like he whacked it away, so I guess I owe him dinner for that now,” Schneider said.


When Cammalleri said after the Devils' 4-2 win over Vancouver on Friday that Schneider owed the team dinner for finally getting his first win over his former team, Schneider joked that he would take his teammates to Red Lobster.


Schneider had a different restaurant chain in mind for Zidlicky's dinner. “Applebee's,” he said.



The worst 'best' goaltenders in the league.

15 February 2015 - 03:48 PM

I've been itching to start a topic on this for awhile. This league is suffering from a whole lot of goalie overrating due to the teams in front of them being super. I am no expert but it seems to me that some goalies, like Quick, are held up as iron walls of goaltending, when their true level of skill is questionable.The 1-1 battle between Crawford and Fleury today was laughable. Both goalies sucked but both finished the game with .969+ sv pcts. Shooters scored 5 out of 6 times in the shootout. Now, given with guys like Kane and Crosby shooting it's difficult but what I witnessed was just pathetic. MA Fleury didn't come close to even stopping 1 of the 3 shooters he faced in the shootout. After letting in the third straight shot and losing the game, he slammed his stick on the goalpost. I don't blame him; it's difficult when you are exposed and realize that you are not as good as your team is making you seem. I can only imagine how good Cory would be on some of these teams.


Here's what comes to mind in this conversation in general:


MA Fleury - 8 shutouts on the year, 26 wins, .922 sv pct. on a good team (Somehow he has managed good numbers across the board). Though, with a career .911/2.59 though, on the juggernaut he has played for, that's just sad.


Jonathan Quick - Often included in discussions about the league's best netminder; 21 wins but a .909 sv pct. and a 2.50 GAA on a good team.


Ben Bishop - TB's widely heralded goalie; 27 wins on the year but a .910 sv pct and a 2.47 GAA on a good team. He has been outplayed by his backup Vasilevskiy by a wide margin (.932 and 2.00).


Ryan Miller - 26 wins, 6 shutouts but a .913 sv pct. and a 2.46 GAA on a good team. Does anyone really think he's that good?


Antii Niemi - 23 wins, 4 shutouts, .912 and a 2.60 GAA on a good team. 


Jimmy Howard - Has a .919 and a 2.14 GAA but is on a pretty good team and has had two seasons of .910 or below play in the past 5 years. I don't think he's that good.


Frederik Andersen - 29 wins, .916 and a 2.37 GAA on a good team. Does anybody actually believe this guy is as good as the Ducks make him out to be?


Corey Crawford - 22 wins, .920 and a 2.29 GAA. I don't think he's very good though. 2011-12 seemed to reveal his true self with a .903 sv. pct. and 2.72 GAA in 57 GP despite playing for a good team.

Why are players like this allowed to play in the NHL?

21 January 2015 - 06:51 PM

Zac Rinaldo is a piece of sh!t and he is out there trying to injure other players. I said a few years ago, that it's only a matter of time before he ends someone's career. He and a small handful of other players around the league need to be banned long term, none of this 5 game suspension crap. Players need to be protected.


Last night he injured Kris Letang with a vicious boarding penalty. He was interviewed (below) after the game and not only does he show no care for Letang's well-being, but he implies that the league is unfairly targeting players like himself to protect star players like Letang. At the end of the interview he even jokes about the hit, giving himself credit for helping the Flyers win and if you ask me, reveals the intentional nature of the hit.



He clearly has a screw (or two) loose but that's no excuse to let him run around on the ice.


The hit:




I can't really stand Wysh anymore, but I am glad he called out Rinaldo for this.




The backside of the shoulder not being “from behind” aside, the other issue for Rinaldo was that he was charging in to make the hit on a prone player and left his skates to drive Letang’s head into the glass.


Rinaldo’s response? “Hey, quit watching hits in slo-motion or else you’ll see all the illegal stuff!!!"


“I was going pretty fast. I think the impact of me hitting him sent them up a little bit. If you slow down any hit, you see guys every single hit [doing something] that can be criticized.


“I don’t think they should slow it down and dissect every little thing.”




But if there’s one thing we love about Zac Rinaldo, it’s that he knows to always leave’em laughing after discussing how he potentially concussed an opponent with a hit that will likely earn him a half-dozen games or more suspension.


Say Zac … didja see how crazy the game was in the second period with all those fights? As he said with a smirk:


“Yeah, I changed the whole game, man. [Expletive], who knows what the game would have been like if I didn’t do what I did?”