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NHL – National Hockey Literally

Roman Coliseum – borrowed from

While growing up and forcing my eyeballs to consume as much sports as possible, I often caught myself in reverie wondering what it would be like if a team’s moniker was more than just that. What if a team was literally its’ nickname or logo and how would that translate to their performance? Let’s take a look at how the NHL would fare and see who emerges victorious in these literal interpretations.

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The Ultimate 2013-14 NHL Season Prediction Guide

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How the Standings Would Look With the 3-Point System

LogosThere have been recent musings in the Twitter-verse suggesting the possibility of the NHL implementing the 3-point system in the near future. The system, which would grant three points for a regulation win and two points for an overtime win, has slowly been gaining traction over the last couple years. The issue many hope to solve is the abundance of 3-point games and teams who desire merely to make it to overtime rather than strive for that winning goal in the dying minutes. Doling out three points for a regulation victory was a suggestion among many others, though lately the league has been warming up to the European system and all but ignoring the other ideas. The system would almost surely see teams working extra hard to end that tie and avoid overtime. The entire dynamic of the third period changes, as teams would sacrifice their defensive traps and focus more diligently on the three points looming ahead of them. Adjusting a point system is a major change for a league to undergo, but one that seams to make a glaring amount of sense from a lot of angles.

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Some Interesting Stats Thus Far

There have only been 26 games thus far in the young 2012/2013 NHL season, but all ready the league has come back with a bang. Thanks to the crammed schedule, the past three days have provided a plethora of highlight reel goals, saves and plays that have managed to hush lockout critics and excite fans once more. I’ve no doubt Bettman and Fehr are laughing while swishing their brandy and clipping their cigars as the excitement and mirth among fans have cast a daunting shadow over those who still hold a grudge toward the NHL. But no matter where you stand, it’s hard to deny the NHL’s flashy return. Here are some interesting stats:

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Hockey Hockey Hockey! Eastern Conference Predictions

Kessel-PlumsI had become content with no hockey. In fact, Christmas came early with news on the Blue Jays, which filled the void while visions of Kessel danced in my head. The anticipation for the World Juniors was more exciting than ever, with no NHL to compete with. You see, I was livid. It was like losing a best friend who I only get to see nine months out of the year anyway. I felt betrayed, and shared every other emotion the myriad angry fans displayed. As the days passed, losing my friend was no longer difficult to cope with. I was sure I wouldn’t even care if the lockout ended. But then it did. And I’d be lying to you if I denied staying up until quarter-after-five when the announcement  was made. Ever since then I’ve been playing catch-up with all the news and transactions from last year, and I’ve had a hell of a time in doing so. Anyway, I believe I have a decent grasp on the dynamics of the Eastern Conference. Here are my brief predictions:

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A Playoff Preview from Your Future Reporters

A Playoff Preview from Your Future Reporters

No need for an introduction! You know what this is. James Wattie will take the East, I will take the West:

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NHL Standings Based on Every March Since the Lockout

It’s been six years since the lockout, and for Leafs fans, every single one has been just about the same. Toronto sits five points back of the Rangers, who has a game in hand with five games to play. Chances for a playoff berth are slim, and as all of you already know, it will most likely be the sixth year in a row we piggyback another team so we have something to cheer for. (I assume most of us will cheer for Vancouver, since they’re Canadian and not the Habs or Sens). Anyways, back on track! Let’s talk about March, Toronto’s dream month. 31 days of the best hockey we see every year. I’m not going to waste your time talking about why, but I will rock your world with some stats.

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