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Pittsburgh/Philly might be the best rivalry in the game now

21 January 2015 - 10:40 AM

I love watching that rivalry that's hockey should be: pure hatred, fights, bone crushing hits, crowd going wild and coaches getting fired up. Farnham landed a serious right on that guy. But man Rinaldos hit was dirty

 

That being said I think other rivalries sadly have died down a lot obviously Detroit - Chicago used to be good but it lacks that level of animosity even Bruins - Habs aren't close. So by today standards I think its fair to assume that this is the best rivalry in the game and I would love seeing both meeting in the playoffs but man Flyers need to get on a serious streak if they want to make it.


Winter Classic lowest rating ever (2,3)

03 January 2015 - 06:38 AM


The D.C. market didn’t pop the number the NHL needs from another dance partner in this game. Without a city like Detroit or Boston (next year’s host, likely) in the game to deliver a ridiculous local figure on its own, the NHL needs both teams to contribute to the audience and the D.C. market couldn’t get there. (Wonder if some of those 40,000-plus Capitals fans at the game are Nielsen families.)

 

But as we said the last time the ratings dipped: Venue and aesthetics matter.

Wrigley, Fenway and the Big House were draws on their own. Two cookie-cutter ballparks aren’t.

 

Wrigley had wind. Buffalo and Ann Arbor had frozen temps and swirling snow. The Pittsburgh game was played at night. The Washington game was a downright balmy 43 degrees with blue skies. The draw of any outdoor game remains “teams vs. elements” and sun glare isn’t exactly that compelling.

 

Matchups matter, too, and this one featured a third-timer in the Blackhawks for outdoor games (including last season at Solider Field) against a team against whom they have absolutely no rivalry. It was an entertaining game, sure, but one that lacked the heat that other matchups had. And the geographic distance between the cities meant the most partisan crowd in the game’s history – didn’t you miss the red vs. blue from the Big House in the stands?

 

Good job Bettman, the NHL had something great going on and yet in a span of not even 7 years they've managed to absolutely destroy it by:

1. watering it down with the Stadium Series

2. rehashing the same teams again and again

3. matching up two teams that don't have any rivalry nor hatred going on

 

If the NHL is serious about this thing, they better have a Bruins - Habs matchup at Fenwaypark - have the Dropkick Murphys as the opening act -  next year. This also just proves what I've always thought the event itself is nothing, if the participating teams don't have a large enough following, rivalry and the conditions aren't there.

 

Wings - Leafs had a record breaking 2,9 :)

 

Teams that deserve one Wild, Avs (hate to say it but yeah...), Bolts, Habs...

 

http://sports.yahoo....-160140036.html


Stars Seguin touching story

28 December 2014 - 02:23 PM

Thought I'd share this not only because it features one of the upcoming superstars in this game but also because it's a very touching story:

 

Story is from 0.00 - 4 minute


WJC 2015 Starting today

26 December 2014 - 06:44 AM

Maybe I'm in the minority but I really love that tournament especially this year since it will the only chance of watching McDavid versus Eichel in a game. I don't really care much about the pre-games but a few tendencies are clear:

 

~ Canadas top two lines are an offensive juggernaut as expected

~ The US has a very deep and balanced team - to me they should be the #1 challenger for Canada

~ Sweden isn't as good as they used to the team will heavily miss Brodin, Forsberg their goaltending has been supbar so far

~ Finland and team Russia are once again the dark horses and if Saros can repeat his stellar gd performance the Fins could be a very tough to beat team again

 

So let the McEichel show begin :) here we go (what a stupid TSN slogan liked every house is inhouse much better...)


Your hockey-rituals before season openers

09 October 2014 - 05:40 PM

Found that thread on a another board and I thought it might be interesting, mine are pretty simple:

 

- music:

Slayer - Stain of Mind

Slipknot - Wait and Bleed

10 mins before the game: Three Days Grace - Animal I've become

 

- preparation:

go fast and hard with my punching bag

 

- video:

rewatch Kronwalls biggest hits, favorite fights of last season and Pasha's highlights and replays of 2002

 

- last but not least: learning the national anthem of america :-)

 

 

season openers are just so special.