Around the Arena: The NHL Playoffs Need to Go on a Diet

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2014 NHL Playoff Bracket

To be frankly honest, I’m sick of hearing how close the NHL playoff race is for the final seeds year in and year out. Why you might ask? We’ll because I don’t understand why competing for 8th place, effectively in the bottom half of each conference, is anything to be proud of. Sure we recently witnessed the first time an 8th place seed won the Stanley Cup, so obviously the 8th place seeds in each conference aren’t horrible but that doesn’t change the fact that they are barely if at all in the top half of the teams in the league during the regular season. By allowing so many teams into the playoffs year after year, the NHL has effectively said the regular season is pointless.

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Around the Arena: NHL Outdoor Games

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2015 NHL Stadium Series Rink Build

Today marks exactly a week until the final outdoor game of the 2014-2015 NHL season. The final NHL outdoor game of this season will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This game is part of a new series of NHL outdoor games that was started a year ago called the NHL Stadium Series. So what makes the Stadium Series different than its other siblings in the NHL, the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic? Nothing and that is the problem with it.

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Goalies: Does being an Angry Goalie help?

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We’ve all been there, we’ve had that frustration. You’re getting scored on repeatedly and nobody is doing anything. The ref blows a huge call. It’s been building and building all game, and by the 4th or 5th goal, you can’t take it anymore! You have a goalie outburst! Sometimes it just cant be helped, some of us goalies are not so zen between the pipes. I know myself personally I have had a very bad tendency for frustration in the net. I come out on the ice as a goalie to have a good fun game, where everyone takes part, and sometimes when things get out of hand, I don’t like it so much. Us as the goalies however don’t come out to be embarrassed, or made fun of, and when the score starts getting pretty high, that’s what it can feel like.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 18

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Sunday February 1st 2015 – Saturday February 7th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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NHL Playoffs 2015: NHL Goalies of current contenders

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The season is more than halfway over. We’ve finished the All-star game and with the trade deadline being the only major event left, it won’t be long until we’re getting into the playoffs. We’ll be seeing huge hits, shot blocks, and my favorite; desperation saves. However, who will be making these desperation saves this year? As it stands, before trade deadline, the match ups are quite interesting. We may be in for the lowest scoring playoffs in years with so many good net minders making appearances this year, I’m sure of this for many reasons.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 17

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Sunday January 25th 2015 – Saturday January 31st 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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The Ramblings of a Delusional Fan

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Delusional Fan

In terms of how the Flyers season has gone, the team has genuinely turned a corner.  They have won eight of their last twelve and have won four in a row.  On top of that they have been playing a much better brand of hockey lately.  They seem to either finally understand, or have at least bought into the systems that Coach Craig Berube has them playing.  As well, they have been hanging with some of the NHL’s better teams (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington).  That certainly sounds like a recipe for success.  So I have found myself suddenly optimistic about the stretch drive to the end of the season.  The question is, am I being realistic?

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Around the Arena: NHL Arenas as City Anchors

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Rogers Place NHL Arena

Suburban sprawl is far from disappearing but there has definitely been an increasingly heavy movement back to cities and downtown cores across the cities of North America. And with this populous migration back to city cores, the passions of those people have followed. One of these passions is sports. As the last two decades have passed, professional sports teams have showed a trend of moving from suburban venues to city centers and the teams of the NHL have been a huge part of this trend. This has strengthened the NHL’s image and its relativity to the culture of the markets it has teams in. The importance of having NHL arenas in downtown cores can be explained through a couple case studies. To understand how superior a result can come from putting an NHL arena in city cores we must first look at the last NHL arena to be built in a suburban community.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 16

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Sunday January 18th 2015 – Sunday January 25th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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At the NHL Halfway Mark: If the season ended today…

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Writer’s Note:  This article is going to focus on the League at the completion of 41 games.  Technically, that was achieved about a week and a half ago, but I figured the All-Star Break was a good a time as any to focus on and make these predictions.  Enjoy!

Well here we are, the All-Star Break.  A good a time as any to look back and reflect upon the season we have had thus far.  About a month and a half ago, I wrote an article focusing on what teams would be in the NHL playoffs at that point in the season (after each team had completed 20 games).  Well here we are, 21 games later, the NHL halfway mark. Within the first article, I discussed how much the hockey media seemed to set the American Thanksgiving as an unofficial D-Day for the teams inside and out of the playoff picture.  Although there seems to be quite a bit of truth to that assertion (75% of the teams have returned), the fact that there is now 4 new teams included in the dance makes for an interesting race down the stretch.  Well, here are the standings at the Halfway Mark:

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