October 17 2012 10:11PM
(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
With tonight's 2-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen, the Chicago Wolves have opened the "Scott Arniel era" (just go with it) with three straight wins on home ice. Zack Kassian scored the only regulation goal for the Wolves, while defenseman Zach Miskovic scored the over-time winner.
October 17 2012 06:18PM
Hey look! Actual hockey!
Here's today's KHL highlights, featuring Mikail Grabovski, Evgeni Malkin, Zdeno Chara, and more.
October 17 2012 02:56PM
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October 17 2012 11:05AM
Last week I took a look at what Milan Lucic was. If teams are trying so hard to re-create him, I think we need to learn exactly what Lucic is. I concluded the hulking former Vancouver Giant was a fundamentally-flawed hockey player, and the perception of his talent varies year-to-year which, creates a crisis of expectation. You just don't know what you'll get each year out of Lucic scoring-wise, but he's a tremendously-effective forward.
His beat-em down game, while ugly to watch, works. He's a plus possession player who helps his team generate shots and chances. It's the conversion ratio that's a little off. His PDO, which has ranged from 977 to 1045 throughout his career, is volatile and unpredictable. Is that what we can expect out of the great power forwards?
October 17 2012 09:24AM
Thanks a lot, NHL. Here I was all ready to go with a baseball themed post, comparing the lockout to the MLB post-season, and then BOOM!, news of the NHL focus group leaked sending me back to the drawing board. Literally.
So thank you. No, I really mean that. Because this is WAAAAY better material to work with.
Where to start...well, to paraphrase
George Orwell William Randolph Hearst Lord Northcliffe, "News is what they don't want you to know. Everything else is just public relations." And you can be assured that the NHL owners didn't want you to know about that little focus group. I bet they were some mad when word got out. I would have loved to listen in on the conference call where Bettman had to explain the whole thing.