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Lindros, Makarov, Vachon, Quinn going to the Hall

27 June 2016 - 02:51 PM

http://www.tsn.ca/li...e-hall-1.516507


Completely Random HHOF Thought - Non-Wings

14 March 2016 - 09:15 AM

I was reading something on the Player's Tribune this morning and someone's name came up and got me thinking.  Warning, this is not a new thought at all, or shouldn't be, but I still haven't been able to quite figure it out.

 

See the stat lines below for 3 different players.  2 of these players are in the Hall of Fame, 1 is not.  Can you guess the one that isn't? 

 

                     GP     G      A     PTS    PPG       Awards, etc.

 

Player A       760   372   493   865    1.14       Hart, Pearson, 8-time All Star

Player B       726   395   299   694    0.96       Masterton, 4-time All Star

Player C       958   319   378   697    0.73       2-time All Star

 

Also, scoring was much higher during the years Players B and C played in the league (there is some overlap with B and C and with B and A).

 

Anyway, I know you shouldn't look at others in the HOF and say "if he's in shouldn't he be in?" - I do think the person that is not in should be there regardless, but the fact that he's not and the other two players here are continues to boggle my mind.


Good News or Bad News?

07 March 2016 - 11:45 AM

So, after another loss yesterday, I checked the standings...not that I don't tend to check every now and then anyway.

 

Bad news - Wings have now dropped into 8th place in the conference

 

Good news - they are 4pts clear of 9th place...which is a relatively healthy margin (they are the same margin out of 5th place of course).  Seems both conferences (playoff teams) have started to separate themselves a bit from non-playoff teams...surprising as it was pretty bunched up not that long ago.  A bit closer in the East, but still drops off quickly after 10th or 11th....after 9th in the West it drops off.

 

Bad news - currently the only team (out of 16 playoff teams based on today's standings) with a "-" goal differential

 

Good news - every single non-playoff team is a "-" so it's not like you would point to a team that is ready to surpass them.

 

Bad news - Larkin has 1pt in his last 11 games.  This isn't surprising at all to me, he's a rookie and is expected to go through this type of thing...he was overly hyped earlier in the year in my opinion, so no, I don't think he's as good as some think (see "elite" discussions), but this spell hasn't changed my mind, he's still going to be a very good player.  So, the reason this is bad news is that if the trend continues, the Wings will be in danger in my opinion, even though 4 point cushion looks good...they can't drop off too much.


Jagr ties Howe

04 March 2016 - 12:27 PM

So, Jagr picked up a point last night to pull into a tie with Howe at 1,850 points, becoming only the 4th player in history to reach that level, along with Gretzky, Messier and Howe.  I want to say he's done it quietly, but he's had all sorts of accolades, but I can't help but think he's never been thought of as one of the all-time greats, like the other 3....perhaps underrated?

 

Anyway, funny part, how old were each when they scored their 1,850th point?

 

Howe - 52 (but he was out of the NHL for a long while before coming back....so it really would have been 43)

 

Jagr - 44 (but he was out of the NHL for a few years, so really would have been 41 perhaps)

 

Messier - 42

 

Gretzky - 28 :scared:


Has anyone been to a game in Buffalo?

22 February 2016 - 01:58 PM

I went to my first game in Buffalo yesterday.  Not sure why I haven't before (I live in west end Greater Toronto Area), so it's actually pretty close for me and I've flown out of that airport to Orlando the few times we've gone to Disney.  It's not closer than going to Toronto of course, but it's much cheaper.  The only headache can be the boarder line up, but it was okay.

 

Anyway, the funny thing is, the game was PIT vs BUF and they sang the Canadian anthem.  I didn't think about this until about halfway through when I realized there wasn't a Canadian team playing.  I'm guessing they do this because there are so many people that come from Ontario for their games (I'm guessing about 1/2 the crowd).  I've been to several games in other US cities and they'd only play the Canadian anthem if a Canadian team was playing (same for games in Canada, only US anthem if a US team is playing).

 

Has anyone seen this anywhere else?  Detroit is a convenient trip as well for people in South Western Ontario, but there wouldn't be the same volume of Ontarians at Wings' games as there are in Buffalo I'd guess.

 

EDIT: I forgot the main reason for my post....thought this was weird....a few rows in front of me (very close to the glass as my seats were pretty good) someone had a sign that read: "If Crosby scores, Datsyuk gets a puppy" - I mean, even if it was PIT vs DET, the sign still wouldn't have made sense to me.