Saturday, March 31, 2007
There were numerous scoring chances as the Stars has 11 penalties to kill throughout the game including 3 instances where there were 2 players in the penalty box and the Storm had a decided advantage in shots on net. To a certain extent there was some revenge for the Stars who fell to the Storm last year in the Consolation Game and played the last half of the game without their goalie as the Storm won 2-1. This year she made it through the game flawlessly despite some Storm players crashing the net.
The result of the game do not take away from what has been a tremendous season so far - and it's not over yet. Tonight the Storm face Mississauga once again in a Consolation Game. Two years ago the two teams face each other with the Storm winning in overtime 3-2. It can be said that winning isn't easy but losing can be harder -especially this time of the year. Mississauga certainly discovered that last night as the also lost by a 1-0 score to Orillia - their first North Metro loss this season. Orillia and Markham-Stouffville will play in the Championship Game.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
If you could play for any NHL team (other than your own), which would you choose?
1) Toronto Maple Leafs (34) 14.4%
2) New York Rangers (29) 12.3%
3) Detroit Red Wings (19) 8%
4) Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks (18) 7.6%
5) Dallas Stars (15) 6.3%
6) Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens (14) 5.9%
7) Minnesota Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning (10) 4.2%
8) Phoenix Coyotes (9) 3.8%
9) Calgary Flames (8) 3.4%
10) Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers (5) 2.1%
11) Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins (4) 1.7%
12) Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks (3) 1.2%
13) Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres (2) 0.85%
14) Carolina Hurricane and Edmonton Oilers (1) 0.42%
To what city would you least like to be traded?
1) Buffalo Sabres (40) 16%
2) Edmonton Oilers (28) 11.2%
3) New York Islanders (24) 9.6%
4) Pittsburgh Penguins (18) 7.2%
5) Florida Panthers (17) 6.8%
6) Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues (13) 5.2%
7) Washington Capitals (12) 4.8%
8) New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers (9) 3.6%
9) Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens (8) 3.2%
10) Calgary Flames (7) 2.8%
11) Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings (6) 2.4%
12) Nashville Predators (5) 2%
13) Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators (4) 1.6%
14) Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes (3) 1.2%
15) Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 0.8%
16) Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning (1) 0.4%
Who is the most respected player in the NHL?
1) Joe Sakic (166) 63%
2) Nicklas Lidstrom (30) 11.4%
3) Brendan Shanahan (19) 7.2%
4) Martin Brodeur and Chris Chelios (7) 2.6%
5) Rod Brind’Amour, Jarome Iginla and Scott Niedermayer (6) 2.2%
6) Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr (3) 1.1%
7) Teemu Selanne and Mats Sundin (2) 0.76%
8) Zdeno Chara, Rob Blake and Martin St. Louis (1) 0.38%
Who is the most hated player in the NHL?
1) Sean Avery (168) 66.4%
2) Jordin Tootoo (14) 5.5%
3) Darcy Tucker (9) 3.5%
4) Jarkko Ruutu (8) 3.1%
5) Marc Savard (7) 2.7%
6) Chris Neil (6) 2.3%
7) Sidney Crosby (5) 1.9%
8) Donald Brashear and Matt Cooke (4) 1.5%
9) Matthew Barnaby, Jason Blake, Zdeno Chara, Ben Eager, Steve Ott and Brendan Shanahan (2) 0.79%
10) Derek Boogaard, Dany Heatley, Ryan Hollweg, Sean Hill, Cam Janssen, Paul Kariya, Ryan Kesler, Kirk Maltby, Dominic Moore, Steve Ott, Michael Peca, Dion Phaneuf, Chris Pronger, Maxime Talbot, Raffi Torres, Ryan Whitney and Brandon Witt (1) 0.39%
Who is the most overrated player in the NHL?
1) Sean Avery (17) 8.5%
2) Bryan McCabe and Brad Richards (16) 8%
3) Pavel Kubina (9) 4.5%
4) Marc Savard (8) 4%
5) Jaromir Jagr (7) 3.5%
6) Shane Doan and Ed Jovanovski (6) 3%
7) Jonathan Cheechoo (5) 2.5%
8) Todd Bertuzzi, Kevin Bieksa, Rick DiPietro, Bobby Holik, Sheldon Souray and Alexei Yashin (4) 2%
9) Sergei Fedorov, Hal Gill, Derian Hatcher, Cristobal Huet, Dion Phaneuf, Sergei Samsonov, Jeremy Roenick and Saku Koivu (3) 1.5%
10) Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Cloutier, Sidney Crosby, Adam Foote, Shawn Horcoff, Olli Jokinen, Paul Kariya, Olaf Kolzig, Rick Nash, Marcus Naslund, Petr Nedved, Vaclav Prospal, Jose Theodore, Joe Thornton, Darcy Tucker and Marty Turco (2) 1%
11) Daniel Alfredsson, Patrice Bergeron, Joel Bouchard, Jason Blake, Martin Brodeur, Anson Carter, Zdeno Chara, Mike Comrie, Peter Forsberg, Dominic Hasek, Nikolai Khabibulin, Alex Kovalev, Matthew Lombardi, Roberto Luongo, John Madden, Evgeni Malkin, Willie Mitchell, Chris Neil, Alexander Ovechkin, Brendan Shanahan, Bryan Smolinski, Ryan Smyth, Eric Stall, Mats Sundin, Alex Tanguay, Tim Taylor and Doug Weight (1) 0.5%
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The Toronto Maple Leafs rank #99. Here are the Leaf rankings in each category. Please take note of Affordability. Also expectation to win a title is very low.
Bang for the Buck #74
Fan Relations #80
Affordability #122 (out of 122)
Stadium Experience #78
Title Track (titles already won or expected) #111
As for other Toronto teams, the Blue Jays rank #41 (an incredible 11th for Affordability) and the Raptors are #45.
Bottom line is - Leaf fans are too loyal and management takes advantage of it.
Here's a look at the record each team needs to attain that projected point mark and (essentially) guarantee a playoff berth. Since none of the contenders for the last two playoff spots appear to have fallen out of the race yet, the guaranteed point level is back up to 93. But for the Leafs it may even be 94 points since with fewer wins than the other contenders they would lose out on a tie breaker. Still with Carolina, Tampa Bay, the Rangers and the Islanders losing last night, the Leafs remain alaive.
Eastern Conference (93 points)
1. Buffalo - Guaranteed as of Mar. 3
2. New Jersey - Guaranteed as of Mar. 15
3. Ottawa - Guaranteed as of Mar. 18
4. Pittsburgh - Guaranteed as of Mar. 18
5. Atlanta - 2-3-1
6. N.Y. Rangers - 3-2-0
7. Tampa Bay - 3-1-1
8. Montreal - 3-1-1
9. Carolina - 4-1-1
10. N.Y. Islanders - 4-1-1
11. Toronto - 4-1-1
12. Florida - Eliminated (max 90)
13. Boston - Eliminated (max 88)
14. Washington - Eliminated (max 75)
15. Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 65)
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
April 22, 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
April 24, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 25, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
April 22, 4:15 pm- 5:15 pm
April 23, 9:15 pm - 10:15 pm
April 24, 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
April 19, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 23, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
April 25, 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm
All tryouts are at Beatrice Ice Gardens at York University.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
If you want to taste the new ice cream flavours, better bring along your ID. The ice creams each have an alcohol content of five percent and won't be served to minors.
Eastern Conference (92 points)
- Buffalo - Guaranteed as of Mar. 3
- New Jersey - Guaranteed as of Mar. 15
- Ottawa - Guaranteed as of Mar. 18
- Pittsburgh - Guaranteed as of Mar. 18
- Atlanta - 2-4-0
- N.Y. Rangers - 3-3-1
- Tampa Bay - 3-3-0
- N.Y. Islanders - 4-3-1
- Carolina - 4-3-0
- Montreal - 4-2-0
- Toronto - 5-2-0
- Florida - Eliminated (max 90)
- Boston - Eliminated (max 90)
- Washington - Eliminated (max 77)
- Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 65)
Playoff active teams are:
Bantam AA - North Metro
Bantam C - Provincial
Midget B - North Metro and Provincial
Senior A - Provincial
Note: The arena assignments for Provincial games have now been made. All Midget B games are to played at Vaughan Sports Village.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
The Storm swept the Whitby Wolves in 2 games with identical 2-1 scores to advance to the Championship weekend for the 3rd straight year. Alisha who had 2 straight starts in net because Nicki was fighting a virus, had a strong game and shut down Whitby when ever they threatened. Scoring for the Storm was Vanessa on the power play early in the second period. One of the biggest goals of the year and the game winner was scored by Sheri who buried a lose puck from the slot late in the second. That goal turned out to be an important one as Whitby scored with the less than a minute to go in the same period after some sustained pressure. Whitby continued to press throughout the third period and the game could have gone either way until with just over 2 minutes remaining Madeleine went around a Whitby defenseman in the neutral zone and was pulled down. The penalty pretty much snuffed out any chance for a comeback by the Wolves.
The series showcased what has become a very cohesive and confident Storm team. There are many teams that talent but only special teams can combine the talent with teamwork and determination. From my view on the bench, this is a squad that never panics in a game. Being behind in a game, bad officiating, and rough play has no impact on this team. They have a mission this season and nothing detracts them from their goal.
We should all be proud of what they've accomplished.
Note: Couldn't help from noticing that since handing out the "Penalty Free Hockey" wristbands, the team has not taken a single penalty.
Next game is Saturday at Risk.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Semi Final #1 - Friday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Semi Final #2 - Friday, March 30, 7:40 pm
Consolation Game - Saturday, March 31, 7:10 pm
Championship Game - Saturday, March 31, 8:20 pm
All games are at Vaughan Sports Village.
Go Storm Go!!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
So last night, despite public pronouncements that there would be no payback, Wade Belak challenged Janssen to a fight the first time the two were both on the ice. The officials allowed the fight to proceed for almost 2 minutes without intervening. The players and coaches watched with approval. The Toronto fans went wild chanting "Belak! Belak!" Of course no action or comment will from the NHL.
Hockey has always condoned this type of violence while other sports do not. And hockey is no where as popular as these other sports but the NHL sees no connection. The action taken by Belak has similarities to the attack by Todd Bertuzzi on Steve Moore. It was retribution for an earlier foul on a star teammate. The difference was Bertuzzi attacked from behind while Belak challenged his opponent face to face. No suspension for beating the crap out of a guy if he sees you coming.
The NHL continues to cling to the belief that fans want fighting. Well perhaps their small fan base like it. But maybe they would be more successful in expanding that base if they eliminated fighting from the game. Just look at the start of the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast each Saturday. The theme song is "'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting".
In the NHL, every night is alright for fighting.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Goaltending since the trade deadline:
6. Tampa Bay - nine games, 3.67 GAA, .870 sv%Who's going to make the playoffs in the East? At this rate it won't matter, because with netminding like this, no one has a chance to get out of the first round.
7. Carolina - nine games, 2.11 GAA, .918 sv%
8. Rangers - 10 games, 1.70 GAA, .939 sv%
9. Islanders - nine games, 3.78 GAA, .898 sv%
10. Toronto - nine games, 3.33 GAA, .881 sv%
11. Montreal - eight games, 4.38 GAA, .858 sv%
12. Boston - nine games, 3.00 GAA, .915 sv%
13. Florida - nine games, 3.11 GAA, .899 sv%
Art Ross Trophy (1970, 1975)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1967)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1970, 1972)
Hart Memorial Trophy (1970, 1971, 1972)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)
Lester B. Pearson Award (1975)
Lester Patrick Trophy (1979)
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Tavares tied and then broke the old record of 70 set by Wayne Gretzky, and he still has two games remaining to add to his total of 71. He also added an assist.
he next Next One has certainly lived up to that billing so far.
Given he's not draft eligible until 2009 and already has 206 points in junior hockey, Tavares should serious challenge the all-time OHL points record of 479 shared by Stan Drulia and Dale McCourt. He really has to wait an extra year because his birthdate is five days later than the 2008 draft cutoff. Seems silly in his case.
Eastern Conference (91 points)
- Buffalo - Guaranteed as of Mar. 3
- New Jersey - Guaranteed as of Mar. 15
- Ottawa - Guaranteed as of Mar. 17
- Pittsburgh - 0-10-1
- Atlanta - 2-6-1
- Tampa Bay - 4-5-1
- N.Y. Islanders - 6-4-1
- N.Y. Rangers - 6-4-0
- Toronto - 6-3-1
- Carolina - 5-3-1
- Montreal - 6-2-1
- Boston - 9-2-0
- Florida - 9-1-0
- Washington - Eliminated (max 83)
- Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 71)
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Well, 7 games into the Perreault trade I have two more things to add to the list:
- The supposed depth on the Leafs defense is gone when they need it most.
- The Leafs knowingly traded Bell and a 2nd rounder for damaged goods.
If there's one-lesson to be learned from last year's playoffs it's that there's no such thing as having too many defense ( eg., Buffalo).
Now with injuries to Kaberle and Colaiacovo the Leafs had to rush back an injured Pavel Kubina and dress Wade Belak. McCabe logged 29 minutes against the Caps and will have to be good to go again Saturday night. I'd much rather have Bell available to fill-in on the blueline right now, but instead we have Perreault and his bum shoulder. Yes, JFJ picked up an injured player for his drive to the playoffs.
So to recap, that's our suddenly much needed depth on defense and a second round pick for this:
|Game||G||A||+/-||Total TOI||PP TOI||PK TOI|
|at New Jersey||0*||0||-1||13:38||4:16||00:00|
Dressed for six out of seven games, one goal, no assists, -1, average 09:47 ice time per game with no ice time killing penalty and 1:40 per game on the powerplay.
Wow. Nice work JFJ!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
In the NFL last season, Tennesee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth received a five-game suspension for stepping on the head of an opponent. I should mention the opponent was not wearing a helmet, and Haynesworth was wearing cleats. That was a record punishment for on-field conduct. Now keep in mind that five games is more than 25% of a football season.
In the NBA, Ron Artest’s eighty-five game suspension in 2004-05 is best-in-class. He earned this distinction for fighting with fans in Detroit.
In baseball, Pete Rose – later banned for life for gambling – took thirty games off in 1988 for shoving an umpire. In 1977, Lenny Randle punched his manager in the face and also got thirty games.
Monday, March 12, 2007
“It’s great to know we will be on television next year,” Bettman added, smiling as the NHL’s new studio team, consisting of Rachael Ray as head hockey anchor and Bill Clement as game analyst, collaborated in an attempt to equate the offsides penalty to “zesting up” a pan-seared T-bone steak. “Thanks, Food Network.”
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Eastern Conference (93 points)
- Buffalo - Guaranteed as of Mar. 3
- New Jersey - 0-12-1
- Ottawa - 4-9-0
- Pittsburgh - 4-9-1
- Atlanta - 5-6-1
- Tampa Bay - 5-6-1
- N.Y. Islanders - 7-6-1
- N.Y. Rangers - 8-4-1
- Toronto - 9-4-0
- Carolina - 8-3-1
- Montreal - 9-2-1
- Florida - 11-2-0
- Boston - 11-2-0
- Washington - Eliminated (max 86)
- Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 77)
The Chris Simon suspension moves ahead of the Marty McSorley suspension in terms of length. I wonder what you have to do get a full season?
Here is Chris Simon's apology. He indicates that he suffered a concussion when hit into the boards by Ryan Hollweg which has been confirmed by team doctors. He claims that as a result of the hit he was completely out of it and does not remember attacking Hollweg. Interestingly, a New York news website took a poll asking their audience if they believed Simon's story. Here are the results:
Friday, March 09, 2007
- Todd Bertuzzi - suspended for rest of season and 2004-05 lockout for sucker punch to head of Steve Moore on Mar. 8, 2004
- Marty McSorley - suspended for rest of season (23 games) for slash to head of Donald Brashear on Feb. 21, 2000
- Gordie Dwyer - suspended 23 games for abuse of officials on Sept. 19, 2000
- Dale Hunter - suspended 21 games for blindside hit on Pierre Turgeon on April 28, 1993
- Tom Lysiak - suspended 20 games for tripping linesman on Oct. 30, 1983
- Brad May - suspended 20 games for slash to head of Steve Heinze on Nov. 11, 2000
Let's see what Colin Campbell does about this incident. My guess is that the suspension will be ridiculously short. Hollweg is not a star, his head was not removed in the incident and was able to play again in the game. That means 3 to 5 games. Not even close to sending a strong message.
Here is the incident:
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
- Ken Holland, Detroit
- Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey
- Brian Burke, Anaheim
- Darcy Regier, Buffalo
- Jim Rutherford, Carolina
- Jay Feaster, Tampa Bay
- David Poile, Nashville
- Darryl Sutter, Calgary
- Doug Risebrough, Minnesota
- Doug Wilson, San Jose
- Kevin Lowe, Edmonton
- Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia
- David Nonis, Vancouver
- John Muckler, Ottawa
- Bob Gainey, Montreal
- Garth Snow, N.Y. Islanders
- Ray Shero, Pittsburgh
- Dale Tallon, Chicago
- Don Waddell, Atlanta
- Doug Armstrong, Dallas
- Dean Lombardi, Los Angeles
- John Ferguson, Toronto
- George McPhee, Washington
- Glen Sather, N.Y. Rangers
- Peter Chiarelli, Boston
- Jacques Martin, Florida
- Francois Giguere, Colorado
- Mike Barnett, Phoenix
- Doug MacLean, Columbus
- Larry Pleau, St. Louis
- Los Angeles
- St. Louis
- N.Y. Rangers
- San Jose
- N.Y. Islanders
- New Jersey
- Tampa Bay
(Single Round Robin, 10-10-12,1 Advancing)
|North York #3003 ADV||3||3||0||0||9||1||6||8|
|G3||Rinx||Mar 3||1:00p||Leaside||1||North York||2|
|G5||East York||9||9:00p||Leaside|| ||Scarborough|| |
|G6|| || || ||Scarborough|| ||Etobicoke|
Apologists for actions like Janssen's don't want to come down too heavy on "effort" guys like the Devils enforcer because "they don't want to eliminate the physical nature of the sport." At the same time, they don't mind eliminating skill players like Kaberle or Chris Drury or Tim Connolly with severe concussions.
This tripe continues because the hockey culture is saturated with guys who either never made it or else survived only by accepting thuggery as their meal ticket. Don Cherry and Colin Campbell want their proteges in the game. Taking guys like Janssen or Tie Domi or Chris Neil out of the sport would be like taking them out of hockey, too. Better to let skill players get concussed than lose marginal agitators from the sport.
The 3 game suspension to a marginal player like Janssen has less of an impact on the Devils than a 2 minute penalty. Meanwhile lenghty suspensions like the one served by Bertuzzi has had an noticeable impact on his career. More of these types of suspensions and agitators will think twice before hitting someone in the head. By the way the National Post reports today that Kaberle is gone for the season.
Kudos to Paul Maurice who recognized it was more important to get two points out of the Devils than get even for the Janssen hit.
A final question: How come referees can see a tiny hook in the corner from centre ice but no one can see Janssen run halfway across the ice and belt Kaberle into the boards? Just asking . . .
1. Buffalo - Guaranteed as of Mar. 3
2. New Jersey - 2-12-1
3. Ottawa - 5-9-1
4. Pittsburgh - 6-10-0
5. Tampa Bay - 7-6-1
6. Atlanta - 6-7-1
7. N.Y. Islanders - 8-7-1
8. Toronto - 10-5-0
9. N.Y. Rangers - 11-5-0
10. Carolina - 10-4-0
11. Montreal - 10-3-1
13. Boston - 12-4-0
14. Florida - 13-2-0
15. Washington - Eliminated (max 90)
16. Philadelphia - Eliminated (max 79)
What is this?
It's all based on the premise that, if you get 93 points in the standings, you'll make the playoffs. There's a chance you can sneak in with 92, but beyond that, it's going to be pretty unlikely under the NHL's kooky everybody-gets-a-point system. The above list indicates what each team in the East must do in their remaining games to reach the 93 point level.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
On this night the Storm displayed its many strengths - most importantly strong teamwork and work ethic. Where the Storm moved the puck well all night long and created numerous scoring chances, the Sharks players rarely passed and negated their own scoring opportunities.
Tonight's win was also the 10th consecutive win in Provincial Playdown competition over the past 3 season. Next up after March break is a best 2 out 3 game series with Whitby in the quarter finals of the North Metro playoffs.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
The clip below includes the infamous Domi elbow to the head of Scott Niedermayer which was perhaps more grievous than the Janssen hit. That earned Domi an 8 game suspension. This type of stuff just doesn't belong in hockey. The NHL has to come down hard on hits to the head. That's is the issue in both the Janssen and Domi hits. The other similarity is both involved injuries to star players caused by players with marginal skills.
The game couldn't have started any better with the Wildcats taking 4 penalties in the first 5 minutes of the game and playing 3 on 5 for over 2 minutes straight. But the Storm powerplay struggled to control the puck and finished the period with no goals. The Storm had difficulty getting going throughout the game as the Wildcat checked aggressively and won the battles along the boards. Early in the 2nd period Jasmine was able to unleash a wicked slap shot from outside the blue line that dipped in the last second to beat the Leaside goalie on the glove side. It was one of the few times that Jasmine was able to shake loose from the 2 checkers that were always on her to get a shot on net.
However, late in the period the Wildcats scored on the powerplay. On the play, the scorer collided with Alisha who was forced to leave the game with a neck injury and concussion. The Storm was able to take back the lead early in the 3rd period. Rebecca R. won a face off in the Leaside end and got the puck over to Madeleine who was driving to the Leaside net and able to lift the puck over the shoulder of the Wildcat goalie.
In Provincial Playdown games the Storm are now 2-0, Leaside is 1-1, Etobicoke is 0-2 and Scarborough has yet to play. Click here for current standings. A win on Tuesday against Scarborough guarantees the Storm a spot in the Provincial Championships.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Crosby recorded his 200th career point with a goal in the Penguins’ game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Crosby achieved the milestone at the age of 19 years, 207 days, breaking the mark set by Wayne Gretzky in the 1980-81 season.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
And the Leafs gave up a number 5 or 6 defenseman in Bell and a 2nd round pick for a player that will only play 20 games for them. The Leafs could have had him for nothing at the start of the season. No one wanted him. Now Perreault has had a great year but he is looking for $2 million next year so the Leafs will likely let him walk.
Too bad he can't play net. That's where they really need help.