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Posted Tuesday, August 02, 2016 12:06 AM

LeRink and other Las Vegans

There is an open house at the T Mobil Arena tomorrow, Tuesday, (8-2) between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m.... IF YOU GET THE CHANCE AND HAVE THE TIME, GO.. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED....

 

 

They have the ice all set up and it is awesome... They had an open house today also and I sat up top, 1st row and it was spectacular....The whole place, new and clean and classy..  Maybe I'm just starved for live hockey or maybe because there were not many people there when I was.... I can't say enough about the seating..

 

The grade of the seats had to be mid to upper 30's degrees going up and down... Walking down to the front rows is scary... Older people ( anybody) with some equilibrium situation were holding on to the rails for their lives..

 

I parked at the Aria and it was a breeze from that lot, maybe 100 yards to the doors of the Arena... I was lucky..

 

I took a few pictures and videos, but don't know how to get them in here... I tried to upload a pic. once and couldn't figure it out...



Posted Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:10 AM

Article on World Cup

The final 23-man rosters were set in late May for the World Cup Hockey Championships and this put into motion oddsmakers to create Futures Odds on all eight competing teams.

This year's event starts on September 17th and will be held in Toronto, giving favored Team Canada a home ice edge, as if they needed it. Though the Hockey betting odds favor the Canadiens, this does not mean they are a lock among the eight participants as we have witnessed upsets in the past.

There are two new teams most will be not familiar with, Team Europe, which consists of mostly older NHL players and Team North America, which is players from the continent that are under 24 years old.

Here is a look at which squads offer the best value for futures odds at BetOnline, for this always unique hockey event.

 

Bunched Together But Not Equal
The latest odds all had teams from Sweden, Russia, and USA all together at +450 to win it all. All will be striving to make the Knockout Round (last four), with Sweden and Russia in Group B and USA in Group A with Canada.

Of these three, Team Sweden offers the best value. Sweden has a nice mixture of speed and toughness and three players very familiar with each other, having won Stanley Cup in June. Pittsburgh teammates Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin had excellent postseason runs and more than did their parts to help the Penguins win The Cup along with Nick Bonino. The biggest threat to Ca... [More]

Posted Thursday, July 14, 2016 06:48 PM

Another reason why I love Hockey and Canadiens

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_family_relations_in_the_NHL

 

This page will show who, how many and what relationships....

 

Sons following Fathers... Wives and mothers also sacrificing .... I love how this pans out.............



Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 06:12 PM

Bobby Orr

Today on XM Hockey channel, Orr thinks the Red Line should be re-instated.... His argument is (not REALLY an argument) that it was taken out to increase scoring, and yet scoring is down... 

Also, without the Red Line, more injuries are taking place in the open ice....

One suggestion was to increase the size of the rink to the Finnish dimension... Same length as NHL, but about half or less of the width.. Which is only half as wide as the Olympic Rinks....

I personally do not have an opinion.... Yet.... JUst thought I would throw it out there during this slow period of little news....


Posted Saturday, June 11, 2016 11:06 AM

Stamkos, Lucic and the best of the rest

This is the list of top free agents whose fate will be decided June 1st.

Best of the Rest
David Backes (St. Louis)
Kyle Okposo (NY Islanders)
Andrew Ladd (Chicago)
Troy Brouwer (St. Louis)
Jamie McGinn (Anaheim)
Keith Yandle (NY Rangers)
Brian Campbell (Florida)
Al Montoya (Florida)
Le Stepniak (Boston)
David Perron (Pittsburgh)


Posted Friday, June 10, 2016 06:24 PM

Why is the NHL dragging this out

Is this the first year that the NHL has a '' two day'' break for the travel day...?

What a royal pain this is...


Posted Friday, June 10, 2016 10:25 AM

Histrionics and Trendonomics

To say Martin Jones was spectacular last night is not giving the man justice.... Last night was the prime example of a goalie stealing a game...

Pitts "almost" scored repeatedly... Hitting 3 posts on two shots at one point, during one of their extended attacks... Exciting game and SJ created and had plenty of open ice chances; which had not seemed evident in previous games.... First goal against Murry was a great shot and he was beat to the short side, again... The third goal was not a good goal to let in... Murry seemed 'not ready' at times...

So "history" repeats itself and the "trend" remains... Pittsburg is not capable of winning a Cup at home...??... Yet..? 

Here's to game totals of 5 or less... Salut' ......

GL tomorrow




Posted Sunday, June 05, 2016 06:52 PM

Game 3, so be it

SJ wins a game finally.... Do we thank the Sharks or Beckley for their victory.... ... I have been terrible the whole last month of the season and now....
Sharks were outshot again by almost 2-1.... One stat that doesn't always make it to our array of statistics is the attempted shots and blocked shots.......
The Pens had 38 blocked shots in this game.... It appears that San Jose does not sacrifice their bodies as readily and willingly as the Pens are doing.....
This means that the Sharks were in the Pitt defensive zone maybe a bit more than previous games.... Desperation has a way of changing the outcome of a game....
Pittsburg first travel outside their time zone, but I don't think it was a factor... Maybe....... 42 shots is above average for a Hockey game and their speed is apparent.....
The Sharks persevered... They deserve credit and the winning goal was a spectacular score.... Pinpoint precision.....
We as fans are lucky to be seeing these two goalies at such a young age in The Stanley Cup Finals.... Congratulations to them and their families.........
Big Joe got two assists.. BUT..??.. What is his problem with shooting the puck when he has an open and clear shot at the net... ??????Goodness gracious... Shoot the pucking puck Big Joe.........

Officiating has been good and the boys have been playing great, hard hockey... Thank you to all of them for the enjoyment they are providing us... Soon it will be Baseball and only baseball... Great ... [More]

Posted Thursday, June 02, 2016 06:30 PM

So in game 2

What was SJ doing the first 2 periods ..?.. They were throwing the puck to open areas from the defensive zone, outside the blue line; so their guys could could pick up the puck behind some of the Pitts. players.........................................................................

 

Somebody forgot to tell them that Pittsburg is way faster than them, (?) and that they couldn't get to the puck anyway before a Pens player did, and thus; Pitts ended up with the puck.... (?)... Worst coaching ever.........

 

How the score stayed 1-0 for so long is what remains miraculous and baffling ..

 

High glove side wins it this time as opposed to the high blocker side that decided the first game...

 

SJ did not quit at any time. They deserve credit for that... Pitt goalie is just spectacular....

 

SJ does not have any fast breakout speed as does Pitts..... They actually remind me of the Kings.... No break out speed, just needing precision passing to get out of their zone..........

 

GL to everyone... SIDNEY CROSBY IS THE BEST ALL AROUND PLAYER IN THE GAME TODAY.... JMO....



Posted Monday, April 11, 2016 11:16 AM

playoff sched.

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Posted Friday, March 18, 2016 06:50 PM

Las Vegas Black Jacks..?

While he awaits word that the NHL is expanding to Las Vegas, Bill Foley has shifted gears in finding a place for his team’s practice facility.

The billionaire businessman, who is behind the Las Vegas expansion team bid, plans to build a two-sheet facility off Far Hills Avenue near Interstate-215 in Summerlin on land that is owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation and is in the city of Las Vegas.

Originally, Foley was looking at a site at Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive off I-215 and was going to partner with Clark County at that site. But with the process going slower than he had anticipated, Foley decided to go in a different direction.

He wants his practice rink ready in time for the 2017-18 season, which is the target date for Las Vegas to begin play if the NHL decides to approve expansion.

Foley said he didn’t want to until the project is finalized in a few weeks. A source close to the situation that wasn’t authorized to be identified said there are still several issues that need to be worked out before the project can proceed.

Foley made his decision about three weeks ago and informed the county of his intentions to go elsewhere. Howard Hughes Corporation spokesman Tom Warden said the company had no comment about the project and partnership with Foley.

The proposed practice facility could be expanded to include four ice sheets. There will be locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a video room and bleachers. The plan is to ha... [More]

Posted Saturday, March 05, 2016 11:15 AM

Wash. at Boston

SBR ANALYIST.........



Betting Analysis
As mentioned, the Capitals dropped a 3-2 decision to the New York Rangers on Friday. Another game in which they got down 2-0 and had to claw their way back to tie the game but this time Derek Stepan scored 17 seconds into the third to seal the victory for the Rangers. Antti Raanta made 32 saves in the victory in the 3-2 victory. 

Washington has now played in nine straight one goal games, winning six of them. As we talked about in our post All-Star game video, stay away from the Caps or certainly stay away from them on the NHL odds boards. This advice is starting to pay off as you now should have won nine straight going against the Caps on the puck line. 

I think most teams are starting to figure out that if you keep the Caps off the power play you have a chance to be close at the end. Washington has converted 23.9% of their power play opportunities and has scored one in each of the last four games. 

The trends are with Boston. Against the Metropolitan Division the Bruins have had a tremendous amount of success supporting a 44-18 record. 

The Bruins are extremely well conditioned which is evident by their 12-3 record in their last 15 games. 


Hope he is correct in his analysis.. Keep Ovie off the powerplay so he may have to skate around some.. Oh no, wait; He will just stand at the blue line while the rest of the team plays NHL hockey..

... [More]

Posted Monday, February 29, 2016 07:18 PM

If I were a NHL player today.....

I would want to be just like Alexander Ovechkin.....

 

All he has to do is stand there, at the hash marks, holding his stick with two hands below his waist, expending no energy, waiting for the puck, so he can take his shot... That's what I want to do.... Never going in the corners or having to play the boards so I might get hurt.....

 

In the second period yesterday, he went below the hash marks once in the defensive zone... Hardly ever crossed the blue line and just waited for the puck to come his way...

 

What a guy.... My only problem with Chicago was that they never hit the '' goal scoring king '' even though he hit the Hawks players on numerous occasions.......

 

If the choke Capitals do get out of the east, they will have to play a western team that hits, except of course, the talented but sissy Blackhawks..That's if they ''of course'' don't choke .''again''..

 

  gl tonight...........



Posted Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00 AM

Tampa at Pitts.

From SBR

The Bottom Line
Pittsburgh is a money line home favorite and has won seven of eight home games. The Pens are 23-8 if the opposing team is coming off contest in which they scored five or more times while Tampa Bay is 1-6 if the team they are facing just did the same exact thing.

The home team has won six straight in this series and the OVER is a perfect 7-0 in the Steel City. The numbers are too strong to play anything different.



Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2016 07:07 PM

Washington Caps

Got to watch them (finally) last night vs the Kings... I am not sold on the Kings to go all the way... They will absolutely need Quick to be not only on top of his game, but make some stupendous saves as they go forward in the playoffs... Their defense is weak.. (very)..

The Kings decided to throw everything they had at the back-up goalie of Washington... Resulting at times to a very high shots on goal advantage.... Many of which were right in the logo of the goalie. So there was no real threat.....Only increasing the goal tenders confidence.....

As the game progressed, you could see the Caps slowly gaining momentum without stress or worry.... They just plodded on and as time was wasting, they "patiently" picked their spots... Quick made some great saves, until it was just not possible any longer and the puck slipped in...

I was impressed with Caps patience.. Reminded me (dare I say) of the Islanders in the early 80's... How structured and confident they were.. Not saying Wash. will win as many cups.. And we all know the ''choke'' Wash. has produced in the past.... 

But. I thought they played a great game in many respects last night and against a ''decent'' and energetic Kings attempt...

GL tonight...  over Calgary.. 5 the number


Posted Thursday, February 11, 2016 01:37 AM

The "wholesale" Washington Capitals

Once again the linesmaker are offering up the Capitals at bargain prices... Dubie better be sharp...

Posted Saturday, January 16, 2016 02:30 AM

When is it considered legal icing

I was watching the Ducks and their cry baby color guy, He was crying the refs didn't blow the whistle early enough on an icing from the other team.. ( the Anaheim guy is sickening)..  He was complaining saying the ref should have blown the whistle when the puck was at the hash marks..  What an idiot..

So I'm asking, when a team throws the puck down ice for example and no one is near the puck, ?... When is it officially an icing...

It seems like the refs usually wait until the puck passes the back line.. Tonight in one of the games, they didn't call it until the puck actually hit the back boards..


Posted Friday, January 15, 2016 10:43 AM

Corey Crawford

Anyone catch the '' Corey " show last night vs Montreal..?.. That was some stellar goaltending taking place... At one point with about 11 minutes left in the second period, he stopped four shots in rapid succession by Montreal... He stopped many of Montreals quality shots like that all night; except for the one time..

 

Now I see why Chicago has their share of unders..

 

Crawford seems to have quietly become a force within himself..

 

GL today..



Posted Tuesday, January 05, 2016 04:10 PM

I don't get it

The price on washington... Should be - 150 or so..??

Am I mssing something..?


Posted Monday, January 04, 2016 09:42 AM

Of more interest.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-shootouts-rising-from-dead--is-3-on-3-still-working-172144267.html

It appears that more and more shootouts are showing up...


Posted Monday, January 04, 2016 09:38 AM

Some interest.

http://www.sportingcharts.com/nhl/stats/goalie-shootout-save-percentage/2015/


Shootout percentages ..


Posted Friday, January 01, 2016 11:56 AM

Two things I learned this week in NHL

It is now 2016.. Wishing everyone health and prosperity..

1st.. When a player backs in over the offensive (other teams) blue line, it is not an off side's if he is over that blue line before the puck if he has possession of the puck... Rick Nash backed in 2 to 3 feet before he brought the puck in .. The announcer called it an offsides, but the color man explained the rule..


2nd.. Seen the first time by me, same night but it was the Stars game I think... Player in the defensive zone kicks the puck away from his goaltender as the other team was pressuring ... He kicks it over the boards... ?????... The announcers weren't sure. The refs went to the phone.. Penalty, delay of game....

Those were 2 firsts for me... I had seen guys back over the blue line before the puck before, but it was never in question... Usually called off sides because they were there a half second before the puck....


Posted Friday, January 01, 2016 03:24 AM

New years resolution

I will not bet on or against St. Louis, Detroit or Canucks... These 3 teams are killing me... 

Posted Monday, December 28, 2015 11:28 AM

2 live dogs today: but first....

Now that the salary cap is skyrocketing over 72 million or more for next year, has anyone noticed why.....???..... One word....

COMMERCIALS, COMMERCIALS AND THEN MORE COMMERCIALS.......... (o.k. 3 words)

WTF is happening... It is as bad as football... Geez.. Last week there are 5 games on the Hockey package and 4 of the games have commercial time outs.... Then last night, 4 games still playing, its intermission on all 4 games..... A few days ago, 5 games on and 3 different start times and all 5 on intermissions.......... ... So screwed up at how this is turning out....

With that being said, and my apology for complaining...

2 dogs today;
Detroit and Vancouver

No Parisi and Dubie
No Carter for kings.

GL


Posted Thursday, December 24, 2015 10:50 AM

Inactivity day 2 ; ''the box''

What happened to "the box"... When a defensive team killing a penalty gets in the 4 man box and just passes the puck around to each other killing off penalty time... Has it been outlawed..?

Thought a team was setting up for it the other night, but the defenseman just threw the puck down the ice...

I remember the box killing off 20 to 30 seconds or more sometimes.. Have not seen it employed for many years now..






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