April 12 2009 01:46AM
There are thirty teams in the NHL. Each team has one first line, with three forwards on it; ergo there have been ninety first-line players since the lockout. Defining a first-line player is difficult, but the most obvious requirement is offense. With that in mind, I went and researched the top ninety players by points per game since the lockout at Hockey-Reference.com.
April 11 2009 06:32PM
Yesterday, Lord Wayne von Gretz IV and TLP talked about all the reasons that they're very unfortunate to be foolish enough to support our favorite teams. The lists were kept brief — five for both teams plus a Bonus Five (!) for the Oilers, who will miss the playoffs once again, much to TLP's delight — but could have been longer. Much, much longer.
April 11 2009 12:37PM
With the acknowledgment that, yes, there was no fourth line tonight due to a myriad of problems, this was still an atrocious performance.
April 10 2009 06:02PM
Round 1 of The Battle of Alberta doubleheader goes tonight in what was originally going to be an absolute blowout final two games between the Oil and the Flames. That was before GDB No. 1, when hope ran high. Fast forward to GDB 81 and this game suddenly means less than a game of chess between Paris and Nicky Hilton. It will also be just as futile and pathetic.
April 09 2009 06:35PM
TSN is reporting that the Flames have extended pending UFA David Moss for 3 years at 1.3M/year. That's a healthy raise over the $575k he's making this year, but it's still a decent number for a guy of Moss' quality.
David Moss was a decent depth player last season, but he took a step forward into a different stratosphere this year. His 20 goals and 38 points don't tell the whole story. Moss and Curtis Glencross have formed a deadly duo that have frequently out-played other 3rd liners this year: both guys are in the top 10 in the NHL in terms corsi/60 according to behindthenet. Moss' +23 rating is sandwiched between Pavel Datsyuk (+23.4) and Marrian Hossa (+22.3) to give you an idea of the kind of company he's keeping by this metric.