SB Nation - Boston Bruins http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins Stories From Around SB Nation About Boston Bruins Jimmy Howard's terrible turnover leads to Bruins goal http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/20/5634122/bruins-red-wings-game-2-jimmy-howard-turnover-justin-florek-goal Pat Iversen http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/20/5634122/bruins-red-wings-game-2-jimmy-howard-turnover-justin-florek-goal Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:40:27 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31902115/20140418_ads_sj7_036.jpg.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Boston was gifted an early 1-0 lead thanks to a tremendous gaffe. </p> <p>After Jimmy Howard's sensational shutout win in Game 1, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/detroit-red-wings">Detroit Red Wings</a> fans had to be excited to see what their goaltender had in store in Game 2.</p> <p>Consider that excitement squashed. Early in the first period, Howard decided to gather the puck in front of his own net with Bruins forward <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111711/justin-florek">Justin Florek</a> barreling towards him. He had a couple of options at this point: throw it to the open space to his left or try to pass it to defenseman <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111391/brendan-smith">Brendan Smith</a>.</p> <p>He chose the latter and failed spectacularly.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4329535/howardfail.gif" target="_blank"><img alt="Howardfail" class="photo" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4329535/howardfail.gif"></a> <br id="1398022550433"></p> <p>Howard gets some points back for trying his hardest to stop the scoring chance he created, but that one might come back to haunt Detroit. Giving away goals to the league's best team is generally a bad idea.</p> Game Day Thread: Holy Day of Hockey http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2014/4/20/5633560/game-day-thread-holy-day-of-hockey HappyCaraT http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2014/4/20/5633560/game-day-thread-holy-day-of-hockey Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:54:58 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31894667/136313281.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>All day hockey on Easter. Starting at 11:00 and going to 9:00, all you need is hockey.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/new-york-rangers">New York Rangers</a> vs <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/philadelphia-flyers">Philadelphia Flyers</a></p> <p><i>Rangers lead the series 1-0</i></p> <p><b>TSN 11:00am CST</b></p> <p><b>Expected Starters: </b><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54202/henrik-lundqvist">Henrik Lundqvist</a> (NYR), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/71777/ray-emery">Ray Emery</a> (PHI)</p> <p><b>NYR Scratches: </b><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/244600/ryan-haggerty">Ryan Haggerty</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/71824/chris-kreider">Chris Kreider</a> (hand), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54740/justin-falk">Justin Falk</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/131687/raphael-diaz">Raphael Diaz</a></p> <p><b>PHI Scratches: </b><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54909/steve-mason">Steve Mason</a> (LBI), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/88646/jay-rosehill">Jay Rosehill</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/79442/zac-rinaldo">Zac Rinaldo</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55014/steve-downie">Steve Downie</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55393/hal-gill">Hal Gill</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/157738/erik-gustafsson">Erik Gustafsson</a></p> <p><b>Quote du Jour:</b> "It probably took me a couple years before I felt comfortable and I knew I had my role here."-Henrik Lundqvist</p> <p><b>In-game read: </b>Henrik Lunqvist, through Ira Podell, <a href="http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/04/18/new-york-rangers-henrik-lundqvist-has-the-records-now-wants-the-cup/" target="_blank">on his ultimate goal,</a> winning the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl-playoffs">Stanley Cup</a>.</p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins">Boston Bruins</a> vs <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/detroit-red-wings">Detroit Red Wings</a></p> <p><i>Red Wings lead the series 1-0</i></p> <p><b>Game 2 is at 2:00 CST on TSN</b></p> <p><b>Expected Starters: </b><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54880/tuukka-rask">Tuukka Rask</a> (BOS), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55738/jimmy-howard">Jimmy Howard</a> (DET)</p> <p><b>BOS Scratches: </b><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55211/daniel-paille">Daniel Paille</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54382/chris-kelly">Chris Kelly</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/143799/kevan-miller">Kevan Miller</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/107578/matt-bartkowski">Matt Bartkowski</a></p> <p><b>DET Scratches: </b><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55741/henrik-zetterberg">Henrik Zetterberg</a> (back), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55748/jonathan-ericsson">Jonathan Ericsson</a> (hand), a whole bunch of other bad veterans who are old and injured.</p> <p><b>Quote du Jour:</b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>lol RT <a href="https://twitter.com/AnsarKhanMLive">@AnsarKhanMLive</a>: Lucic expresses remorse for spearing DeKeyser. Said it was heat of moment, and he&#39;s not that kind of player.</p>&mdash; Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) <a href="https://twitter.com/wingingitmotown/statuses/457569127775752192">April 19, 2014</a></blockquote></p> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><b>In-game reading: </b>Mike Babcock states <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140420/SPORTS0103/304200014/Red-Wings-set-their-sights-maintaining-discipline-Game-2-against-feisty-Bruins" target="_blank">that one beats the Boston Bruins</a> when one is disciplined.</p> Bruins vs. Red Wings Game 2 Preview: Try Scoring At Least Once Today http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2014/4/20/5633260/bruins-vs-red-wings-game-2-preview-try-scoring-at-least-once-today mybruinsoface http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2014/4/20/5633260/bruins-vs-red-wings-game-2-preview-try-scoring-at-least-once-today Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:55:39 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31890407/485534385.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Or, aim for the stars, and score multiple times!</p> <h4>Just the Facts:</h4> <p><b>Game Time</b>: 3:00 PM, TD Garden. TV Broadcast: <b>NBC, CBC, TSN, RDS</b>. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub</p> <p><b>Rival SB Nation Site</b>: <a href="http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/" target="_blank">Winging it in Motown</a>.</p> <p><b>Series Record</b>: <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins">Bruins</a> 0-1 vs <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/detroit-red-wings">Red Wings</a> 1-0</p> <p><b>Wings Lines:</b></p> <table style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm A', 'Gotham Narrow SSm B', Arial, sans-serif; width: 703px; border: 3px solid #ff0000; text-align: center; line-height: 1.125em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 13px; color: #292929;" class="sbn-data-table" align="center" border="3"><tbody style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/130214/gustav-nyquist">Johan Franzen</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55726/pavel-datsyuk">Pavel Datsyuk</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55724/justin-abdelkader">Justin Abdelkader</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54800/johan-franzen">Tomas Jurco</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55743/darren-helm">Darren Helm</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54373/daniel-alfredsson">Daniel Alfredsson</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54800/johan-franzen">Gustav Nyquist</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111537/riley-sheahan">Riley Sheahan</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/71884/tomas-tatar">Tomas Tatar</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54515/drew-miller">Drew Miller</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54413/david-legwand">David Legwand</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/199051/luke-glendening">Luke Glendening</a></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm A', 'Gotham Narrow SSm B', Arial, sans-serif; width: 703px; border: 3px solid #ff0000; text-align: center; line-height: 1.125em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 13px; color: #292929;" class="sbn-data-table" align="center" border="3"><tbody style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55749/niklas-kronwall">Niklas Kronwall</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111391/brendan-smith">Brendan Smith</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54568/kyle-quincey">Kyle Quincey</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/192285/danny-dekeyser">Danny DeKeyser</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/70651/brian-lashoff">Brian Lashoff</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55745/jakub-kindl">Jakub Kindl</a></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm A', 'Gotham Narrow SSm B', Arial, sans-serif; width: 703px; border: 3px solid #ff0000; text-align: center; line-height: 1.125em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 13px; color: #292929;" class="sbn-data-table" align="center" border="3"><tbody style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"> <a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55738/jimmy-howard">Jimmy Howard</a> (starting)</td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"> <a style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; color: #a93632; font-weight: bold;" class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/72169/jonas-gustavsson">Jonas Gustavsson</a><br> </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p><b>Bruins Lines (PURE GUESSING BECAUSE WHO THE HELL KNOWS ANYMORE):</b></p> <table style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm A', 'Gotham Narrow SSm B', Arial, sans-serif; width: 703px; border: 3px solid #ffff00; text-align: center; line-height: 1.125em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 13px; color: #292929;" class="sbn-data-table" align="center" border="3"><tbody style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54871/milan-lucic" class="sbn-auto-link">Milan Lucic</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54885/david-krejci" class="sbn-auto-link">David Krejci</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54657/jarome-iginla" class="sbn-auto-link">Jarome Iginla</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54897/brad-marchand" class="sbn-auto-link">Brad Marchand</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;">Patrice Bergeron</td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/152204/reilly-smith" class="sbn-auto-link">Reilly Smith</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111711/justin-florek" class="sbn-auto-link">Justin Florek</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/192557/carl-soderberg" class="sbn-auto-link">Carl Soderberg</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55189/loui-eriksson" class="sbn-auto-link">Loui Eriksson</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/71831/jordan-caron" class="sbn-auto-link">Jordan Caron</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54809/gregory-campbell" class="sbn-auto-link">Gregory Campbell</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54874/shawn-thornton" class="sbn-auto-link">Shawn Thornton</a></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm A', 'Gotham Narrow SSm B', Arial, sans-serif; width: 703px; border: 3px solid #ffff00; text-align: center; line-height: 1.125em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 13px; color: #292929;" class="sbn-data-table" align="center" border="3"><tbody style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54877/zdeno-chara" class="sbn-auto-link">Zdeno Chara</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/132264/dougie-hamilton" class="sbn-auto-link">Dougie Hamilton</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/62674/johnny-boychuk" class="sbn-auto-link">Johnny Boychuk</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/107578/matt-bartkowski" class="sbn-auto-link">Matt Bartkowski</a></td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/152189/torey-krug" class="sbn-auto-link">Torey Krug</a></td> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;"><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/143799/kevan-miller" class="sbn-auto-link">Kevan Miller</a></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm A', 'Gotham Narrow SSm B', Arial, sans-serif; width: 703px; border: 3px solid #ffff00; text-align: center; line-height: 1.125em; margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 13px; color: #292929;" class="sbn-data-table" align="center" border="3"><tbody style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;"> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-even"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; color: #555555;"> <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54880/tuukka-rask" class="sbn-auto-link">Tuukka Rask</a> (starting)</td> </tr> <tr style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box;" class="ui-state-odd"> <td style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; box-sizing: border-box; padding: 4px; font-size: 0.85em; border: 2px solid #ccd1d5; background-color: #e4e9ed; color: #555555;">Hi I'm Chad Johnson</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <h4>Game Notes:</h4> <ul> <li><span>Both teams went scoreless on the power play in game 1. Boston was 0-for-1 and Detroit was 0-for-2.</span></li> <li><span>Aside from <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54879/patrice-bergeron" class="sbn-auto-link">Patrice Bergeron's</a> stellar 52.4% faceoff win percentage (11-for-21), the rest of the team was garbage, and Detroit had the upperhand in faceoffs: 54.6% to Boston's 45.4%.</span></li> <li><span>Basicaly the statistical breakdown that you should read to prepare for this game can be found <a href="http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2014/4/19/5630780/bruins-vs-wings-game-1-stats-review-assume-fetal-position" target="new">here</a>. It tells us that we don't need to panic; we were solid defensively, but a sloppy mess offensively. Still, our poor offense didn't look that bad, so it may not take much to get us going. At least I HOPE SO. But they really gotta control possession or I'm gonna have a stroke.</span></li> <li><span>To the previous point - the first line needs to get going. Quit getting frustrated by DeKeyser and spearing him in the balls and start playing your game, Lucic and rest of first line. GAWD.</span></li> <li><span>Keep in mind the second and third lines weren't bad. Loui Eriksson has the best CF% relative on the team, followed by Bergeron. And Bergeron's line - along with the defense pair of Chara and Hamilton - was up against the top Detroit line all night. They <em>almost</em> did a perfect job.</span></li> <li><span>The Extra Skater preview for this game isn't up yet, so I will update this as soon as it is. In the meantime,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/playoff-preview-red-wings-vs-bruins/" target="_blank">read this nice Hockey Prospectus series preview</a> (that was written before game one so fuck it).</span></li> <li><span>Providence is facing the #Lumbus AHL affiliate in the first round of the playoffs - and #Lumbus just got their first ever playoff win in franchise history last night IN DOUBLE OVERTIME against the Penguins! It was great<br><img src="http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/849187916.gif?1397962566"></span></li> <li><span>Oh here are some actual updates from people (well, one reporter) who watched practice yesterday:<br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Bruins spent good part of practice on neutral zone. Will be critical area to improve.</p> &mdash; Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) <a href="https://twitter.com/GlobeFluto/statuses/457575103329746945">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Julien notes Wings are good at slowing opponents down on forecheck. Have to fight through bodies.</p> &mdash; Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) <a href="https://twitter.com/GlobeFluto/statuses/457574145354895360">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></span></li> </ul> <h4>NEVER FORGET:</h4> <p><iframe height="395" width="640" frameborder="0" src="http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/embed?playlist=2013030111-554-h"></iframe></p> <p><img src="http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/849019508.gif?1397871057"></p> <p> </p> <p>And this is still trending:</p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>I need a tan‼️ <a href="http://t.co/XG5oQDxO4U">http://t.co/XG5oQDxO4U</a></p> &mdash; Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) <a href="https://twitter.com/ochocinco/statuses/457316594843410433">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <div><font size="2"><i><b>Oh, and Happy Easter everyone!</b></i></font></div> <p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/PifKwbX.jpg" width="300"><br><img src="http://i.imgur.com/jKODnbo.jpg" width="300"><br><img src="http://i.imgur.com/NgzcGL1.gif" width="300"></p> <h4>Update: Extra Skater Stats Preview</h4> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.extraskater.com/game/2014-04-20-red-wings-bruins/preview">Here is the link to check it out yourself, of course</a>.</p> <h5>Game 1 Player Usage Charts</h5> <p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/FtshrDn.png" width="500"></p> <p>It's so unusual to see so many Bruins players in the red here. As the stats already stated, only Eriksson and Bergeron had reasonable FF% rel numbers (which is what indicates the color of the bubbles - bubble size = ice time). The first line is just...ugh. Surprising at their zone starts, though.</p> <p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/N3h2FV9.png" width="500"></p> <p>Can't see it here, but it's Franzen and Datsyuk right below Abdelkader. Quincey and DeKeyser are right on top of one another - and in the blue, with offensive zone starts the majority - because they were up against the Krejci line. Doesn't it all make sense now? That Helm line - yikes - talk about sheltered zone starts for them.</p> <p>Remember to keep updated with Extra Skater throughout the game - or better yet, I'll do it for you!</p> Game 2 Morning Skate: Red Wings at Bruins http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/20/5632716/game-2-morning-skate-red-wings-at-bruins JeffHancock41 http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/20/5632716/game-2-morning-skate-red-wings-at-bruins Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:00:03 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31887335/485534397.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Red Wings lead series 1-0</p> <p>3:00p ET, TD Garden</p> <p>Boston, MA</p> <p><b>TV: </b>NBC</p> <p><b>Radio: </b>97.1 The Ticket</p> <p><b>Bruin</b><b> Blog: </b><a href="http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/">Stanley Cup of Chowder</a></p> <p> </p> <p>The <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/detroit-red-wings">Red Wings</a> earned their split in Game 1. As the underdog, if you can win Game 1 or 2, you put a hell of a lot of pressure on the favorite. The <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins">Bruins</a>, while they won't admit it, are probably feeling it a little bit right now. Once that puck drops though&hellip; everything is 0-0 all over again.</p> <p>Detroit needs to play like they're the ones down 1-0 in the series. They need to continue to embrace that underdog role. Boston is going to come out flying and trying to hit everything. The spearing incident is just the beginning. The Bruins want to get under the Red Wings' skin. They want the Wings to retaliate. They want more scrums&hellip; more big hits&hellip; more bullshit.</p> <p>The best thing Mike Babcock's squad can do is&hellip; nothing.</p> <p>Don't give the Bruins the emotional boost. They thrive off that. They take their games to a whole 'nother and that's when things will get ugly for Detroit. Just stick with the system and play a clean game. That'll surely frustrate the hell out of them.</p> <p>The Wings still have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Pressure is on you, Boston.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b>The Expected Lineup</b></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Forwards</p> <table style="border-color: #ff0000; border-width: 3px;" border="3" align="center"><tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Johan Franzen</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Pavel Datsyuk</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Justin Abdelkader</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Tomas Tatar</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Riley Sheahan</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Gustav Nyquist</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Tomas Jurco</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Darren Helm</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Daniel Alfredsson</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Drew Miller</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Luke Glendening</td> <td style="text-align: center;">David Legwand</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">Defensemen</p> <table style="border-color: #ff0000; border-width: 3px;" border="3" align="center"><tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Niklas Kronwall</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Brendan Smith</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Kyle Quincey</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Danny DeKeyser</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Brian Lashoff</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Jakub Kindl</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">Goaltenders</p> <table style="border-color: #ff0000; border-width: 3px;" border="3" align="center"><tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Jimmy Howard (starting)</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Jonas Gustavsson</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><br></span></p> <p><b>Scratches: </b>Todd Bertuzzi & Joakim Andersson</p> <p><b>Injuries:</b> Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee), Stephen Weiss (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back) & Mikael Samuelsson (upper body)</p> <p> </p> <p><b>Opponent Outlook</b></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;">Forwards</p> <table style="border: 3px solid #ffff00;" border="3" align="center"><tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Milan Lucic</td> <td style="text-align: center;">David Krejci</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Jarome Iginla</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Brad Marchand</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Patrice Bergeron</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Reilly Smith</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Justin Florek</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Carl Soderberg</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Loui Eriksson</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Shawn Thornton</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Gregory Campbell</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Jordan Caron</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="text-align: center;"><br style="line-height: 0.75em;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Defensemen</p> <table style="border: 3px solid #ffff00;" border="3" align="center"><tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Zdeno Chara</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Dougie Hamilton</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Johnny Boychuk</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Matt Bartkowski</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Kevan Miller</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Torey Krug</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="text-align: center;"><br style="line-height: 0.75em;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Goaltenders</p> <table style="border: 3px solid #ffff00;" border="3" align="center"><tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Tuukka Rask (starting)</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Chad Johnson</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><br style="line-height: 0.75em;"></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px;"><b>Scratches: </b>Andrej Meszaros & Corey Potter</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px;"><b>Injuries:</b> Chris Kelly (upper body), Daniel Paille (concussion)</p> <div><br></div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><b>Bullets of Knowledge</b></p> <ul> <li>The Red Wings are 13-5 all-time in Game 2's under Mike Babcock. They're 9-3 after winning Game 1.</li> </ul> <div><font size="2"><br></font></div> <ul> <li>Boston is 9-5 all-time in Game 2's under Claude Julien. They're 3-3 after losing Game 1.</li> </ul> <div><font size="2"><br></font></div> <ul> <li>Howard is 5-2 all-time in Game 2's.</li> </ul> <div><font size="2"><br></font></div> <p><b></b></p> <p><b>Prediction</b><b>: </b>Cup check.</p> <p> </p> <div style="font-weight: bold;"><b>Let's Go Red Wings.</b></div> Patrice Bergeron vs. Pavel Datsyuk and Why Are We Arguing over This? http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/19/5631544/patrice-bergeron-vs-pavel-datsyuk-and-why-are-we-arguing-over-this david.malinowski http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/19/5631544/patrice-bergeron-vs-pavel-datsyuk-and-why-are-we-arguing-over-this Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:44:11 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31876729/20131014_jla_ad7_050.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>We know how good these two players are, but are they really that different?</p> <p>Before the series began, there was much debate regarding two very well-rounded players playing against each other in the opening round of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.</p> <p>What we are talking about is the fact that there are literally what seem like a million people from Boston talking about <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54879/patrice-bergeron" class="sbn-auto-link">Patrice Bergeron</a> and how he's "a thousand times better than <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55726/pavel-datsyuk" class="sbn-auto-link">Pavel Datsyuk</a>," with a million more from Detroit voicing the opposite. Words were swirling to the point where letters were stripped from the page and tangled in a tornado of hyperbole.</p> <p>Then, this happened:</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-rEZiO2wXnU" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Pavel Datsyuk burned Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara with a one-in-a-million toe drag followed by a cross to the other wing and a shot that utilized two Bruins and Justin Abdelkader as a screen before serving as the lone tally of game one. Tuukka Rask admitted in post game interviews that he never saw the perfectly placed shot.</p> <p>Watching and participating in the debate, I decided that this was going to be one of the posts to get me off of my WIIM vacation, because I seriously wondered how much in-depth analysis would solve this debate.</p> <p>If we were to take Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron, strip them of all of their talent, and compare them vis-&agrave;-vis using everyone's favorite advanced statistics, what we see is not all that surprising considering the <a href="http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/15/5615684/pavel-datsyuk-patrice-bergeron-magic-man-some-dude" target="_blank">rhetoric heading back and forth.</a></p> <h3>The Corsi Hockey League</h3> <p>When looking at possession numbers, sample sizes are pretty important, that's a given. While we can look at a player's total time on ice and games played, based on this year alone we're dealing with a player who didn't break fifty games and a guy coming off of a punctured lung in the 2013 playoffs.</p> <p>Rather than talking about total time on ice (games played, for instance), we'll measure a player's possession performance by his average time on ice over sixty minutes. Here, Pavel Datsyuk comes in at 19.8 TOI/60 whereas Patrice Bergeron is a full two minutes lower on average with 17.8 TOI/60 in the 2013-14 regular season.</p> <p>This year, Bergeron had an unbelievable 61.2CF% while Datsyuk had a respectable 55.7CF%. Dating back three years, Bergeron had a 3% edge in 2013, whereas Datsyuk had a .2% edge in Corsi back in 2011-12.</p> <h3>Shooting Percentages</h3> <p>Pavel Datsyuk scored on 9.6 percent of his shots this season, Patrice Bergeron on 9.0 percent. Next.</p> <h3>Quality of Competition/Zone Starts</h3> <h3><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4326051/Capture.PNG"><img src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4326051/Capture_medium.PNG" class="photo" alt="Capture_medium"></a></h3> <p>We can see here that in terms of QoC, Pavel Datsyuk usually faces higher competition. Pavel Datsyuk is always on the first line, Bergeron is his team's second line center, so there's that issue resolved.</p> <p>Pavel Datsyuk has a much higher zone start ratio than Patrice Bergeron, and he starts in the opposing zone much more frequently than Bergeron, and both face on average very high quality competition, though this chart does reveal something interesting. When Pavel Datsyuk was deployed this year, he was largely used as a "two-way" player, one that plays in all situations as illustrated by the fact that he's in the top right of this chart, whereas Bergeron is more in the "shut-down" portion of this chart. That's pretty amazing considering the seasons that both of these players had circumstantially.</p> <p>If you want a better idea of how these two players are utilized on their teams, take a look at the team QoC charts below*:</p> <p><a href="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/assets/4326563/Player_usage_chart_-_21_players.png" target="_blank"><img alt="Player_usage_chart_-_21_players_medium" class="photo" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4326563/Player_usage_chart_-_21_players_medium.png"></a> <br id="1397953202439"></p> <p><a href="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4326575/Player_usage_chart_-_18_players.png" target="_blank"><img alt="Player_usage_chart_-_18_players_medium" class="photo" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4326575/Player_usage_chart_-_18_players_medium.png"></a> <br id="1397953227813"></p> <p>*<i>Charts showing a minimum of 41 games played for both teams.</i></p> <p>In terms of relative Corsi, where a player's possession is measured in relation to one's quality of competition, Bergeron has the edge with a .907 CFrelQoC to Datsyuk's .744; Bergeron holds his own quite nicely under the pressure of higher competition, though this is all subjective to how Claude Julien deploys his lines.</p> <h3><span>Are you insinuating that Patrice Bergeron is actually better than Pavel Datsyuk?</span></h3> <p>This season? Absolutely. It's the reason why he's the leading candidate for the Selke trophy while Datsyuk isn't in the conversation. Take away the fact that Datsyuk has been playing most of the year with a nagging knee injury that he carried through the Olympics.</p> <p>However, if we're talking about the entirety of a player's career, I don't think any educated hockey fan nor analyst will say that Patrice Bergeron is <i>definitively</i> better than Datsyuk.</p> <p>For one thing, Datsyuk's skill level is absolutely through the roof, and he has these random outbursts of brilliance that stun everybody in hockey circles. Friday's goal against <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54880/tuukka-rask" class="sbn-auto-link">Tuukka Rask</a> is but one example of this. Then there's the Datsyukian deke:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z5dJWXTswzI" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>By contrast, here's Bergeron's "best" deke on the internet, and pay attention to who is in goal:</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m_snCbhna1s" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>We're not going to be childish and cite how many more highlight videos Pavel Datsyuk has than Bergeron's (just search for yourself), but we will talk about how much the NHL and NHL players love him, from the four consecutive Lady Bings (2006-09) to the player polls as one of the league's nicest and toughest-to-play-against players.</p> <blockquote> <p>"The NHLPA and Hockey Night in Canada polled 250 players and found that Datsyuk was the top answer in six categories. Datsyuk was voted the smartest player, most difficult to play against, the hardest to take the puck away from, the player goalies found most difficult to stop from scoring, the toughest forward to play against, and the cleanest player to play against by the players." <i>-Joe Yerdon, NBC Sports PHT, 2/19/2012</i></p> </blockquote> <p>What we're basically arguing about is the equivalent of trying to decide which way you would like your leg broken. You never want to break a leg, no matter how it would happen.</p> <p>Both players are all-stars in their own rights, both players are stalwarts, and both are tenacious to the game.</p> <p>Patrice Bergeron scored 30 goals this year and tacked on 32 assists to go along with them through 80 games. Patrice Bergeron is a warrior and one heck of a player, but Pavel Datsyuk has been around a hell of a lot longer. There's no reason to abjectly shame a fanbase because it is proud of its player, but it's Pavel's moments of brilliance that really make him a standout player.</p> <p>Pavel Datsyuk and Patrice Bergeron are the same type of player, and I'm tired of facing the wrath of both the <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/detroit-red-wings" class="sbn-auto-link">Red Wings</a> fanbase and the <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins" class="sbn-auto-link">Bruins</a> fanbase forcing me to pick a side as to which player I think is better. Let's just enjoy both of them facing off against one another while this series is going on.</p> <p>Just to rub Friday's win in a little bit, however, let's ask a few Twitter characters what they think of Pavel Datsyuk:</p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>"Now pinch hitting for the Tigers: Pavel Datsyuk" *Datsyuk somehow hits a seven run homer on the first pitch*</p> &mdash; josh (@Whoabot) <a href="https://twitter.com/Whoabot/statuses/457339142293041152">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Pavel Datsyuk is of course fluent in Danglish.</p> &mdash; George Malik (@georgemalik) <a href="https://twitter.com/georgemalik/statuses/457317631083937792">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Pavel Datsyuk lives to piss in Don Cherry's Cheerios. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and ov</p> &mdash; Travis Yost (@TravisHeHateMe) <a href="https://twitter.com/TravisHeHateMe/statuses/457336511738818560">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Mr. <a href="https://twitter.com/Datsyuk13">@Datsyuk13</a> you are filthy. That's all</p> &mdash; Logan Couture (@Logancouture) <a href="https://twitter.com/Logancouture/statuses/457338106169937921">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><span>In conclusion, every time someone comes up to me and tells me A is better than B, I will respond with this:</span></p> <h3> <span>&macr;\</span><wbr style="color: #545454; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;"></wbr><span>_(ツ)_/&macr;</span> </h3> <p><i>Advanced stats courtesy of </i><i><a href="http://www.extraskater.com/" target="_blank">Extra Skater</a> and </i><i><a href="http://www.behindthenet.ca/" target="_blank">Behindthenet.ca</a>. Charts imported from Extra Skater.</i></p> Milan Lucic fined $5,000, not suspended for groin strike on Danny DeKeyser http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/19/5631396/milan-lucic-fined-danny-dekeyser-bruins-red-wings James Brady http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/19/5631396/milan-lucic-fined-danny-dekeyser-bruins-red-wings Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:20:50 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31861763/20140418_ads_sj7_138.jpg.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>For the paltry sum of just $5,000, you can strike another man in the groin with a hockey stick on national television.</p> <p> <style> .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } </style><a class="m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage" href="http://www.sbnation.com/a/nhl-playoffs-2014"> <img src="http://cdn0.sbnation.com/features/2014-nhl-playoff-bracket/nhl-banner-snippet.jpg" alt="SB Nation 2014 NHL Playoff Bracket"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins" class="sbn-auto-link">Boston Bruins</a> forward <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54871/milan-lucic" class="sbn-auto-link">Milan Lucic</a> has been fined $5,000 for "intentionally spearing" <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/detroit-red-wings" class="sbn-auto-link">Detroit Red Wings</a> defenseman <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/192285/danny-dekeyser" class="sbn-auto-link">Danny DeKeyser</a> in the groin,&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/457577829782147072">according to the official Red Wings Twitter account</a>. Lucic will not be suspended for the incident, which... seems a little odd, given how things went down.</p> <p>Calling it anything other than "intentional" would certainly be a stretch; usually, when you can clearly define intent when it comes to hurting another player, a suspension is handed out.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/18/5629770/milan-lucic-gives-danny-dekeyser-a-cup-check">The play</a> saw Lucic come up behind DeKeyser before swinging his hockey stick between DeKeyser's legs and right into that place you don't ever want anybody swinging a hockey stick.</p> <p>No penalty was called on the play, which occurred in Friday's Game 1 playoff matchup. Detroit ended up winning the game, 1-0. We have a .gif of the play below:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4323895/puckballs.gif"><img src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4323895/puckballs_medium.gif" class="photo" alt="Puckballs_medium"></a> <br id="1397930850521"></p> <p>Seems about as cut-and-dried as it gets. As to why there's no suspension, nobody is quite sure, but some have thrown around the suggestion that it's the playoffs... which doesn't make any sense whatsoever, but sure! Either way, this&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/18/5629452/joel-quenneville-fined-crotch-grab">isn't the first fine of the NHL playoffs</a> -- that went to <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/chicago-blackhawks" class="sbn-auto-link">Chicago Blackhawks</a> coach Joel Quenneville for "inappropriate conduct." Said conduct came in the form of grabbing his own crotch and screaming like a madman.</p> <p>It's unclear why a coach doing that drew a $25,000 fine, but a player hitting another one clearly in the groin only draws a $5,000 fine. But then again, here we are trying to make sense of NHL disciplinary actions -- something that's long been a futile effort.</p> Lucic Pays The Price: Fined 5k for Spearing Dekeyser's lil' Dannys http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2014/4/19/5631390/lucic-pays-the-price-fined-5k-for-spearing-dekeysers-lil-dannys Cornelius Hardenbergh http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2014/4/19/5631390/lucic-pays-the-price-fined-5k-for-spearing-dekeysers-lil-dannys Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:07:02 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31861381/20140418_ads_sj7_146.jpg.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins">Boston Bruins</a> forward <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54871/milan-lucic">Milan Lucic</a> has been fined $5,000 for spearing <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/detroit-red-wings">Detroit Red Wings</a> defenseman <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/192285/danny-dekeyser">Danny DeKeyser</a></p> &mdash; NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) <a href="https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/statuses/457577073046204416">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <p>As expected, Milan Lucic was fined by the department of player safety. Oh well. He can certainly afford it and maybe it'll help him get over whatever made him play like a moron for a good chunk of game 1. &nbsp;Here's hoping he can get well soon and go back to putting pucks 5-hole instead of sticks.</p> Bruins vs. Wings Game 1 Stats Review: Assume Fetal Position http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2014/4/19/5630780/bruins-vs-wings-game-1-stats-review-assume-fetal-position mybruinsoface http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2014/4/19/5630780/bruins-vs-wings-game-1-stats-review-assume-fetal-position Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:04:10 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31854777/485534397.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>A look at the numbers behind last night's tragedy</p> <h3>Breakdown</h3> <p>Remember, I am not very good at this. Because<br><img src="http://i.imgur.com/WDyj4Nh.gif"><br>Like most of you, I am just learning it all and trying to get a feel for it. That being said, the <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins" class="sbn-auto-link">Bruins</a> stats show that while they weren't bad defensively per se, they were garbage offensively.</p> <h4>Shot Attempt (Fenwick) Chart: All Situations</h4> <p>Here is the shorts attempted chart (Fenwick) for all situations - so this includes when they had the goalie pulled and all that garbage. This is just pathetic. I made it extra easy for you to understand with by boxing the important part:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4325035/Unknown.png"><img width="600" src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4325035/Unknown.png" class="photo"></a> <br id="1397916859135"></p> <p>(Courtesy of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.extraskater.com/game/2014-04-18-red-wings-bruins" target="_blank">ExtraSkater</a>). I'll let Rev. Lovejoy express my sentiments here:</p> <p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/FA4Dl7a.gif"></p> <h4>Player Stats - Game 1</h4> <p>This table can be sorted. Click the stat you wish to sort by at the top of the table to do so. This info was also taken from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.extraskater.com/game/2014-04-18-red-wings-bruins" target="_blank">Extra Skater, so it can all be found here, of course</a>.</p> <p> <script src="http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/524871/sorttable.js"></script></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <hr class="widget_boundry_marker"> <div class="pane sports_data_widget division_standings clearfix"> <h3>Bruins Player Stats - Game 1</h3> <div class="pane-body"> <table class="sortable"><tbody> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"> <th></th> <th>CF</th> <th>CA</th> <th>CF%</th> <th>CF% rel</th> <th>FF%</th> <th>FF% rel</th> <th>O/DSt%</th> <th>EVTOI</th> <th>PPTOI</th> <th>SHTOI</th> <th>ToTTm% QoC</th> <th>TotTm% GoT</th> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55189/loui-eriksson" class="sbn-auto-link">Loui Eriksson</a></td> <td>11</td> <td>7</td> <td>61.1%</td> <td>24.0%</td> <td>71.4%</td> <td>33.1%</td> <td>62.5%</td> <td>13.3</td> <td>1.1</td> <td>1.6</td> <td>27.0%</td> <td>28.5%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54879/patrice-bergeron" class="sbn-auto-link">Patrice Bergeron</a></td> <td>13</td> <td>10</td> <td>56.5%</td> <td>19.6%</td> <td>47.1%</td> <td>1.6%</td> <td>38.5%</td> <td>14</td> <td>1.1</td> <td>1.4</td> <td>30.8%</td> <td>29.3%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111711/justin-florek" class="sbn-auto-link">Justin Florek</a></td> <td>12</td> <td>10</td> <td>54.5%</td> <td>16.7%</td> <td>66.7%</td> <td>27.5%</td> <td>75.0%</td> <td>12.1</td> <td>0</td> <td>1</td> <td>27.0%</td> <td>29.4%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54203/corey-potter" class="sbn-auto-link">Corey Potter</a></td> <td>14</td> <td>14</td> <td>50.0%</td> <td>11.7%</td> <td>55.6%</td> <td>13.7%</td> <td>75.0%</td> <td>15.3</td> <td>0</td> <td>1.6</td> <td>26.9%</td> <td>25.9%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55057/andrej-meszaros" class="sbn-auto-link">Andrej Meszaros</a></td> <td>12</td> <td>12</td> <td>50.0%</td> <td>10.9%</td> <td>57.9%</td> <td>17.4%</td> <td>40.0%</td> <td>17.2</td> <td>0.1</td> <td>2.4</td> <td>28.4%</td> <td>29.9%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54897/brad-marchand" class="sbn-auto-link">Brad Marchand</a></td> <td>12</td> <td>13</td> <td>48.0%</td> <td>8.3%</td> <td>38.9%</td> <td>-9.9%</td> <td>45.5%</td> <td>14.7</td> <td>0</td> <td>1.4</td> <td>30.8%</td> <td>30.0%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/192557/carl-soderberg" class="sbn-auto-link">Carl Soderberg</a></td> <td>11</td> <td>12</td> <td>47.8%</td> <td>7.8%</td> <td>58.8%</td> <td>17.9%</td> <td>50.0%</td> <td>13.2</td> <td>1.1</td> <td>0</td> <td>26.7%</td> <td>28.9%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/152204/reilly-smith" class="sbn-auto-link">Reilly Smith</a></td> <td>11</td> <td>13</td> <td>45.8%</td> <td>5.2%</td> <td>38.9%</td> <td>-9.9%</td> <td>33.3%</td> <td>13</td> <td>1.1</td> <td>0</td> <td>30.9%</td> <td>30.9%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/62674/johnny-boychuk" class="sbn-auto-link">Johnny Boychuk</a></td> <td>12</td> <td>18</td> <td>40.0%</td> <td>-3.1%</td> <td>52.4%</td> <td>9.9%</td> <td>33.3%</td> <td>21.5</td> <td>0.1</td> <td>3</td> <td>28.3%</td> <td>27.8%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/152189/torey-krug" class="sbn-auto-link">Torey Krug</a></td> <td>11</td> <td>17</td> <td>39.3%</td> <td>-4.0%</td> <td>47.4%</td> <td>2.1%</td> <td>60.0%</td> <td>17</td> <td>0.8</td> <td>0</td> <td>26.8%</td> <td>25.2%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/132264/dougie-hamilton" class="sbn-auto-link">Dougie Hamilton</a></td> <td>12</td> <td>19</td> <td>38.7%</td> <td>-5.2%</td> <td>31.8%</td> <td>-22.0%</td> <td>33.3%</td> <td>16.2</td> <td>1.1</td> <td>0</td> <td>30.5%</td> <td>29.8%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54874/shawn-thornton" class="sbn-auto-link">Shawn Thornton</a></td> <td>6</td> <td>10</td> <td>37.5%</td> <td>-5.6%</td> <td>45.5%</td> <td>-0.5%</td> <td>66.7%</td> <td>8.9</td> <td>0</td> <td>0</td> <td>26.2%</td> <td>26.0%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54885/david-krejci" class="sbn-auto-link">David Krejci</a></td> <td>8</td> <td>14</td> <td>36.4%</td> <td>-7.6%</td> <td>42.9%</td> <td>-4.0%</td> <td>14.3%</td> <td>16.5</td> <td>0.8</td> <td>1.2</td> <td>29.2%</td> <td>32.1%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54877/zdeno-chara" class="sbn-auto-link">Zdeno Chara</a></td> <td>13</td> <td>24</td> <td>35.1%</td> <td>-11.9%</td> <td>33.3%</td> <td>-20.7%</td> <td>30.8%</td> <td>19.1</td> <td>0.8</td> <td>1</td> <td>30.2%</td> <td>27.9%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54871/milan-lucic" class="sbn-auto-link">Milan Lucic</a></td> <td>8</td> <td>16</td> <td>33.3%</td> <td>-12.0%</td> <td>37.5%</td> <td>-11.4%</td> <td>25.0%</td> <td>16.2</td> <td>0.8</td> <td>0</td> <td>29.1%</td> <td>32.7%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/71831/jordan-caron" class="sbn-auto-link">Jordan Caron</a></td> <td>5</td> <td>11</td> <td>31.3%</td> <td>-13.2%</td> <td>41.7%</td> <td>-5.3%</td> <td>33.3%</td> <td>9</td> <td>0</td> <td>0</td> <td>26.2%</td> <td>26.0%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54657/jarome-iginla" class="sbn-auto-link">Jarome Iginla</a></td> <td>9</td> <td>19</td> <td>32.1%</td> <td>-14.5%</td> <td>35.3%</td> <td>-14.7%</td> <td>20.0%</td> <td>16.2</td> <td>0.8</td> <td>0</td> <td>29.2%</td> <td>32.5%</td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54809/gregory-campbell" class="sbn-auto-link">Gregory Campbell</a></td> <td>5</td> <td>16</td> <td>23.8%</td> <td>-24.0%</td> <td>30.8%</td> <td>-19.2%</td> <td>25.0%</td> <td>10.5</td> <td>0</td> <td>1.4</td> <td>26.4%</td> <td>25.8%</td> </tr> </tbody></table> </div> </div> <p>Where to start?</p> <p>Set everyone on fire.</p> <p>You may be saying "don't panic, it's only one game." or something similarly rational, but I am a blogger dammit, and I will do what I want. /Kicks a dumpster.</p> <p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/qAAGcZA.png" width="300"></p> <p>Okay first of all - zone starts! Of course Corey Potter (and Justin Florek, even though he wasn't bad in my opinion) started 75% of their zone starts in the offensive zone. Shawn Thornton was next with 66.7% and surprisingly, Loui Eriksson was fourth with 62.5%. On defense, Torey Krug also experienced sheltered zone starts at 60%.</p> <p>I chalk this up to the third line being used in a role gone wrong - without <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54382/chris-kelly" class="sbn-auto-link">Chris Kelly</a> (or, ahem, <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111592/ryan-spooner" class="sbn-auto-link">Ryan Spooner</a>), they were reduced to a slightly more effective fourth line. But in a third line playing like a fourth line is awful. Carl Soderberg also had 50% zone starts in the offensive zone, and he was 3-for-8 on faceoffs.</p> <p>Bergeron was the only center with a positive faceoff percentage - he was 11-for-21 (52.4%). Campbell was 50% and Krejci was not good at all - 2 for 8.</p> <p><img width="400" src="http://i.imgur.com/UUDVEF2.gif"></p> <h5>Possession and Zone Starts</h5> <p>Looking at Corsi For % relative, Loui Eriksson had the best on the team. The third line generated a lot of good scoring chances at times, but they also were sheltered in their zone starts. Patrice Bergeron was next best with 56.5% and he started 38% of his shifts in the defensive zone.</p> <p>God dammit Patrice Bergeron is perfect.</p> <p>More than half the team was in negative for CF%, which means they didn't have possession very much, which sucks. And that's how they will lose the series if that doesn't change quickly.<br><img src="http://i.imgur.com/YdzRvJt.gif"></p> <h5>Quality of Competition</h5> <p>The Bergeron line faced the highest quality of competition while the Chara/Hamilton d-pair faced the best from Detroit as well. They were nearly successful in shutting down that Datsyuk fella. NEARLY...here is a chart that shows how much everyone went up against their opponents.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4325107/Screen_Shot_2014-04-19_at_10.04.01_AM.png" target="_blank"><img alt="Screen_shot_2014-04-19_at_10" width="600" class="photo" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4325107/Screen_Shot_2014-04-19_at_10.04.01_AM.png"></a> <br>(Click to enlarge)</p> <p>This is pretty self-explanatory, and I hope I made it easy to understand. Given that I had no previous understanding of how to read or make these, I hope it's pretty clear. It just shows who went up against whom and how often they did so, with the darker red being the most frequent each player saw a given opponent. Their success against said opponents is something I will try to get into the next game review - they do it over at Jewels from the Crown and do a great job of it, but they are geniuses.</p> <h4>Silver Lining</h4> <p>The power play they did have was good. They did generate some very good opportunities at times. But it wasn't enough, and it gave me flashbacks to the Toronto series last year. GET TO THOSE REBOUNDS!</p> <h3>Summary</h3> <p>I had a lot more I wanted to say, but I think the numbers really just speak for themselves. This was a bad possession game, and say all you want about "puck luck" but if they had been more efficient with the puck, they would have probably had more "lucky bounces".</p> <h4>The Lucic Clusterfuck</h4> <p>I apologize for making the GIF that is still circulating, but I'd like to state my opinion on what happened. It was stupid, and he should be punished for it - since it's not the first time he did it. There's no reason for him to do it, it's childish and dangerous and stupid (I can't stress this enough.)</p> <p>A fine would suffice, I think, just to let him know they are watching him and it's not okay to do that. How he got away with it against Emelin is a mystery - I guess Shanahan was too busy packing his office up en route to Toronto. Let's see how Quintal manages this stuff.</p> <p>Seriously, Looch.<br><img src="http://i.imgur.com/9Z5G9ci.gif"></p> <p>All I know is that we can't afford to lose another top player. Without Kelly and <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55211/daniel-paille" class="sbn-auto-link">Daniel Paille</a> and even just <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/107578/matt-bartkowski" class="sbn-auto-link">Matt Bartkowski</a> and <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/143799/kevan-miller" class="sbn-auto-link">Kevan Miller</a>, it was pretty awful.</p> <p>(<a href="http://twitpic.com/e1he30" target="_blank">Here is the incident</a> - because I have a problem and can't stop linking to my own GIFs...then complaining about it.)</p> <h4>Providence Bruins</h4> <p>The Providence Bruins clinched a playoff spot last night. They won on an overtime goal scored by <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/126323/matt-fraser" class="sbn-auto-link">Matt Fraser</a> - his 20th of the season. Ryan Spooner assisted. Woohoo! NOW RECALL HIM.</p> Saturday's Dump & Chase: The Lightning Are Ruining Everything http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2014/4/19/5630538/saturdays-dump-chase-the-lightning-are-ruining-everything Jason Zito http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2014/4/19/5630538/saturdays-dump-chase-the-lightning-are-ruining-everything Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:36:41 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31851797/485546425.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Another loss to Montreal last night...unacceptable. Better step it up, Tampa...I don't think I want to live in a world where a Canadian team has a chance to win the Cup. </p> <h4> <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/nashville-predators" class="sbn-auto-link">Nashville Predators</a> News</h4> <p><a href="http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nhl/predators/2014/04/16/nashville-predators-goaltending-coach-mitch-korn-pekka-rinne/7784299/">Predators may also have to find new goaltending coach-The Tennessean</a></p> <p>Man, I am SO not sentimental enough to get upset about this.</p> <p><a href="http://thehockeywriters.com/post-sochi-failures-led-to-predators-downfall/">Post-Sochi Failures Led to Predators' Downfall-The Hockey Writers</a></p> <p>I seem to remember quite a few pre-Sochi failures, too.</p> <p><a href="http://admiralsroundtable.com/2014/04/18/the-power-of-power-admirals-win-5-1/">The Power of Power, Admirals win 5-1 | Admirals Roundtable</a></p> <p>It's tough to lose when you score 5 goals.</p> <h4>Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey</h4> <p><a href="http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/canadiens-playoffs-2014/2014/4/19/5630204/milan-lucic-spears-another-player-in-the-junk-bruins-media-loves-it">Milan Lucic spears another player in the junk, Bruins media loves it - Eyes On The Prize</a></p> <p>Boston likes to play a physical style.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/4/18/5629452/joel-quenneville-fined-crotch-grab">Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for 'inappropriate conduct' - SBNation.com</a></p> <p>He's not just the coach, you guys. He's also <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/chicago-blackhawks" class="sbn-auto-link">Blackhawks</a> Fan.</p> <p><a href="http://davidwoodley.kinja.com/nhl-playoff-team-goal-song-power-rankings-1564348049/+barryap">NHL Playoff Team Goal Song Power Rankings-Deadspin</a></p> <p>I think I agree with #1.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=449713">C'mon Ref! : When knocking net off, it must be deemed deliberate-TSN</a></p> <p>"Are most referees stupid, or just incompetent?"- Potential C'mon Ref! question.</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.theprovince.com/2014/04/16/how-vegas-saw-the-canucks-2013-14-season/">Vegas oddsmakers grew increasingly disenchanted with NHL&rsquo;s Canucks | The Province</a></p> <p>I think they started off disenchanted with the Preds.</p> <p><a href="http://nesn.com/2014/04/mark-pavelichs-miracle-on-ice-gold-medal-set-to-be-auctioned-off/">Mark Pavelich&rsquo;s &lsquo;Miracle On Ice&rsquo; Gold Medal Set To Be Auctioned Off | NESN.com</a></p> <p>It's just sitting around collecting dust...might as well get something for it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjkiebus/how-much-do-you-actually-care-about-sports">How Much Do You Actually Care About Sports?-Buzzfeed</a></p> <p>I got 28 out of 50...I feel like a healthy, balanced individual.</p> Game 1 Highlights & Postgame Comments: Mike Babcock, Niklas Kronwall, Drew Miller http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/19/5630614/game-1-highlights-postgame-comments-mike-babcock-niklas-kronwall-drew J.J. from Kansas http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/19/5630614/game-1-highlights-postgame-comments-mike-babcock-niklas-kronwall-drew Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:49:49 -0400 <p>Just four minutes of highlights in this 60-minute game, but you can really see how much both teams had to battle to get to the middle of the ice in the offensive zone with the puck. Both sides really held their men to the outside well and made this a tough board-battling game.</p> <p>Here's Mike Babcock's postgame presser where he talks about being the underdog and which guys he thought did a good job battling in this one.</p> <p></p> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55749/niklas-kronwall">Niklas Kronwall</a> sounded very captainly in his postgame comments, which is a good thing coming from the guy who is pretty much the de facto captain for the Wings while <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55741/henrik-zetterberg">Henrik Zetterberg</a> remains out.</p> <p>It's also interesting that Kronwall also specifically points out Abdelkader's contribution to the game. I thought Abby...</p> <iframe src="http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/embed?playlist=2013030111-X-h" frameborder="0" width="640" height="395"></iframe> Milan Lucic spears another player in the junk, Bruins media loves it http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/canadiens-playoffs-2014/2014/4/19/5630204/milan-lucic-spears-another-player-in-the-junk-bruins-media-loves-it Andrew Berkshire http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/canadiens-playoffs-2014/2014/4/19/5630204/milan-lucic-spears-another-player-in-the-junk-bruins-media-loves-it Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:00:02 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31848801/849017484.0_standard_400.0.gif" /> <p>Once in awhile I think maybe we overestimate how stupid and ridiculous Boston media is, but no, it's that bad.</p> <p>A little while ago Milan Lucic did this because <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/143644/alexei-emelin">Alexei Emelin</a> caught him with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOqkGjPocPo" target="_blank">an entirely clean open ice hip check</a>:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2155725/845347396.gif"><img alt="845347396" class="photo" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2155725/845347396.gif"></a></p> <p>Lucic commented after the game that he never speared anyone, and that Emelin is a chicken. Okay...</p> <p>Fast forward to Friday night in Boston, and Milan Lucic was up to his old tricks:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2155731/849017484.gif"><img src="http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/imported_assets/2155731/849017484.gif" class="photo" alt="849017484"></a></p> <p>Oh my. Predictably, you would expect that those people around the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins">Bruins</a> would start to question why big, tough, blue collar face-of-the-franchise Milan Lucic keeps pulling the most cowardly move possible, right?</p> <p>Well, this is Boston, so no. The apparently prestigious Boston Globe led the charge on Friday night, pumping out an article titled "In Defense of Lucic's Cheap Shot - Welcome to Playoff Hockey" by Jerard Fagerberger, whose parents apparently couldn't spell Gerard and have a stupid last name. Let's take a gander.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Though many will bemoan <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54871/milan-lucic">Milan Lucic's</a> grape-busting stick work on Detroit's Danny DeKeyser in the second period of Game 1, the simple fact is that in the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl-playoffs">Stanley Cup Playoffs</a> the ends do justify the means."</p> </blockquote> <p>Well, at least you didn't wait a whole sentence into your article to expose yourself as not only a homer, but a dumb one at that. The ends justify the means? Really? Alright then, I suggest Bertuzzi sharpen his stick and impale Tuukka Rask. Ends justify the means and you've gotta win in the playoffs, amirite????</p> <blockquote> <p>"Of course, most incidents like this aren't caught on camera, and most aren't perpetrated by someone as widely disliked as Milan Lucic, but anyone who has ever laced a pair knows how much cheap stuff behind the play can take an opponent off their game."</p> </blockquote> <p>Invoking yourself as a supposed expert who "played the game" while at the same time building in a persecution complex for Lucic. Impressive. The fact is that Lucic is hated in Montreal, but generally loved by hockey fans around the league because he's big, tough as nails, and can score. This has led to him being one of the most overrated players in the NHL, with people thinking his joke of a contract is actually fair value for a one-dimensional 25 goal scorer who's carried by David Krejci. He even got talk for Team Canada, even though realistically he would struggle to fit on Canada's C team.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Granted, it wasn't fair for Looch to mortgage DeKeyser's future kids to gain the mental edge but, especially when you're playing a team as composed and systemic as Detroit, getting in the other team's head is a game-changing intangible.</p> <p>Goading. Antagonization. Retaliation. These are all aspects of the game that get amplified when you're playing the same guys night in and night out. Call it cheap. Call it troglodyte gutter politics, but the fact is that, when you're in the hunt, tempers run hot, and there's no such thing as a short memory."</p> </blockquote> <p>So, call it what it is but it's okay because it's the Bruins doing it. This is hilarious because if the Habs were doing this sort of stuff to the Bruins, you know this guy would be losing it. The media in Boston (and Lucic) were still crying about a clean hip check a week after the game it happened in.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Detroit, which finished dead last in the league with only nine major penalties in 2013-14, is one of the most disciplined teams in the NHL. Their success hinges on it. When they lose their composure, they fall apart - which was something that the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/chicago-blackhawks">Chicago Blackhawks</a> discovered and exploited in the Western Conference Quarterfinals last year. They flipped the turtle on its back, and it put their series in their hands."</p> </blockquote> <p>Um... This didn't happen. If you had actually watched that series, the storyline was that <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/56122/jonathan-toews">Jonathan Toews</a> was acting like a big baby because Detroit got him off his game, specifically <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55741/henrik-zetterberg">Henrik Zetterberg</a>, and it wasn't until <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/56116/brent-seabrook">Brent Seabrook</a> calmed him down that the Hawks started to get back into it.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Lucic doesn't exactly have a Lady Byng reputation, but giving someone the business when the ref is up ice is all in the game."</p> </blockquote> <p>No, no it isn't. It's spearing. Spearing is not in the game, it's a serious infraction that carries a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct. We've heard this tripe before from Bruins media, talking about how blatant interference was a "hockey play". Basically the rule of thumb is that if a Bruin does it, they'll find an excuse for it.</p> <p>You may be thinking that this is just some nobody trying to get noticed, and you're right.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>And, with the piece I file tonight, I am well on my way to being the dude that hockey fans hate</p> &mdash; Jerard Fagerberg (@JGFagerberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/JGFagerberg/statuses/457348211024613376">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The problem is that it's not just him. For that story to get published, it has to get through an editorial staff, and you get bigger names supporting the idiocy in the article:</p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>So Lucic's cheap shot is going to make the rounds for sure. But don't be so quick to hate on what he's trying to do: <a href="http://t.co/4dHpJ2TwjZ">http://t.co/4dHpJ2TwjZ</a></p> &mdash; Zuri Berry (@zuriberry) <a href="https://twitter.com/zuriberry/statuses/457361084681568257">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <p>And it's not like they were the only ones:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/Dejan_Kovacevic">@Dejan_Kovacevic</a> That's rich from a guy that spent an entire blog post whining & caterwauling abt a giveaway for Sid the Kid on a scoresheet</p> &mdash; Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/HackswithHaggs/statuses/457364168157696000">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>And unfortunately even our SBN buddies got into it, somehow twisting a blatant and unprovoked shot to the nuts into battle of the sexes:</p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>PREACH RT <a href="https://twitter.com/twowittoowhoo">@twowittoowhoo</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/sarah_connors">@sarah_connors</a> Oh, your balls hurt? My reproductive organs attack me every month, regularly</p> &mdash; Sarah Connors (@sarah_connors) <a href="https://twitter.com/sarah_connors/statuses/457384198097993728">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>guys are such huge babies about their junk, good lord</p> &mdash; Sarah Connors (@sarah_connors) <a href="https://twitter.com/sarah_connors/statuses/457382918282043392">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>i hope a guy gets speared in the junk every game from now on until forever. And I will laugh about it every time. Fuck off.</p> &mdash; Sarah Connors (@sarah_connors) <a href="https://twitter.com/sarah_connors/statuses/457389050186698752">April 19, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></p> <p>You've gotta love it when being a sore loser makes someone completely lose their mind and make statements they have no way of backing up with any sort of context. Comparing cramps to a nutshot would be like a guy saying women are wimps about pregnancy because we have to take big poops sometimes and that sucks too. It's irrelevant, stupid, embarrassing, and doesn't make any sense.</p> <p>But I guess that's the depths Boston has to sink to in order to pretend something as indefensible as a repeat nutshotter (new word?) is now okay.</p> <p>And this is only game one. This is going to be a very fun playoffs.</p> CSSI Analysis - Playoffs Game 1: Red Wings 1 - Bruins 0 http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/19/5626732/cssi-analysis-playoffs-game-1-red-wings-bruins J.J. from Kansas http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2014/4/19/5626732/cssi-analysis-playoffs-game-1-red-wings-bruins Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:02 -0400 <img alt="" src="http://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31846627/485546199.0_standard_400.0.jpg" /> <p>Detroit finally got their playoff series underway in Boston on Friday night against a very tough <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/boston-bruins">Bruins</a> team. At the end of 60 minutes, the Wings found themselves up 1-0 in the series thanks to a beautiful <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55726/pavel-datsyuk">Pavel Datsyuk</a> goal.</p> <p>Both teams were held off the scoreboard with the man advantage. The Wings got two and the Bruins only one. The refs generally let them play and the game was...ehhhh....mostly clean, except for <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54871/milan-lucic">Milan Lucic</a> getting away with chopping <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/192285/danny-dekeyser">Danny DeKeyser</a> in the nards. Shots ended 25-24 in favor of the Wings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2013/1/18/3890644/the-common-sense-scoring-index-2013">CSSI Methodology Explanation here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/boxscore?id=2013030111" target="_blank">Box score here</a></p> <h4>Goaltending</h4> <p><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55738/jimmy-howard">Jimmy Howard</a> got a shutout. Smooch my farthole.</p> <h4>The Goals</h4> <p><b>3rd Period 16:59 - Detroit Goal: Pavel Datsyuk (pure snipe) from <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54800/johan-franzen">Johan Franzen</a></b><br>Datsyuk scores the game's only goal on an amazing effort to get through the neutral zone and a beautiful snipe past Rask. <span>30 seconds before this goal, the Bruins nearly score on a pretty redirect by Lucic out front that Howard gets enough of. Helm gets a clear and the Wings get a change at 16:40. Chara quickly pushes it back up ice, but the Bruins have to dump it in while they complete a change of their own. Datsyuk leaves it for Abby at the half-wall, but he nearly loses it as Bergeron pinches him off effectively. As the puck comes off the boards, Abby sweep-checks it away and allows Franzen to pick it up skating back into the zone and using Datsyuk to make space for a turn. Franzen gets to the blue line before he's pinched off by Reilly Smith and Bergeron at his own blue line and tries to pop it around both, only to lose the ability to do so by Reilly Smith's backcheck. Fortunately, Datsyuk is there already moving up ice to extend his stick way behind him and pull it up to himself through his own legs moving through center. Chara and Hamilton are back, but they have to give up the blue line as Pavs and Abby cross side-by side. Datsyuk slows up just enough to let Abby drive to the middle and pull Hamilton a bit farther back, which gives Datsyuk space in the middle just above the circles. From here, Datsyuk snipes it through traffic and it beats Rask low to the glove side for the game-winner.</span><span> </span><b>Abdelkader and Datsyuk will each earn a plus</b><span> </span><span>for creating both the transition and the lane for the shot. What a play.</span></p> <p><b></b><b style="font-size: 1.25em;">Penalty Adjustments</b></p> <p><b>1st Period 17:08 - <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54877/zdeno-chara">Zdeno Chara</a> (boarding): </b><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111391/brendan-smith">Brendan Smith</a> gets the puck into the zone and takes it to the corner while his teammates join. Chara goes to finish him and hits him in the numbers, heading to the box. I'm going to give<b> Smith a half-plus </b>for the good zone entry, although the decision to board him was a bad one by Chara.</p> <p><b>2nd Period 15:58 - <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/152189/torey-krug">Torey Krug</a> (holding): </b>The Wings create good zone time and a bit of a chance in front that's ended thanks to Krug completely trapping Franzen along the boards. Krug holds on too long and goes to the box for it. <b>Franzen will get a plus </b>for fighting through this hold.</p> <p><b>3rd Period 05:17 - <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/71884/tomas-tatar">Tomas Tatar</a> (interference):</b> The Wings are trying to create in the offensive zone when Tatar gets over-excited and skates directly into Krejci away from the puck after a pass. I think this call has more to do with the fact that Boston hadn't had a PP opportunity yet. <b>No adjustment.</b></p> <h4>Bonus Ratings</h4> <p><b>+1 to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55749/niklas-kronwall">Niklas Kronwall</a>, Brendan Smith, Danny DeKeyser and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54568/kyle-quincey">Kyle Quincey</a>; +0.5 to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/70651/brian-lashoff">Brian Lashoff</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55745/jakub-kindl">Jakub Kindl</a>: </b>The Wings' defense in this game was good. They weren't perfect, but it was damn close. Kronwall and Smith took on the hard defensive starts and matchups and held their own. DeKeyser and Quincey moved the puck well (Q had the puck a lot in the offensive zone and did well with it). Kindl and Lashoff benefited from playing behind a dominant kids' line, but I really thought they helped out. Kindl played a very calm third period and Lashoff protected the net front wonderfully.<br><b>+0.5 to Pavel Datsyuk: </b>His entire line ended up adjusted higher than the others, but Datsyuk drove that more than his wingers. He really had a good game.<br><b>+1 to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/111537/riley-sheahan">Riley Sheahan</a>, Tomas Tatar, and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/130214/gustav-nyquist">Gustav Nyquist</a>:</b> Playing second-line minutes, the Kid Line dominated possession and created the lion's share of chances. I was very happy with how intelligently they protected the puck and thought their speed gave the Bruins a lot of problems.<br><b>+1 to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/55743/darren-helm">Darren Helm</a>: </b>The center of the third line was the most-noticeable. I thought Helm did very well to win his matchup and protect the puck well. It's just a little thing, but Helm protecting the puck up ice while his team changes behind him is an unsung play he does so well. Also helped he killed 36 seconds of the Tatar penalty.<br><b>+1 to <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/54515/drew-miller">Drew Miller</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/players/199051/luke-glendening">Luke Glendening</a>: </b>Defensively, these two shone. At even-strength, they turned more defensive zone draws into offensive zone draws than anybody. Miller had a fantastic shot block at the end of the game to clear the zone and then Glendening smartly ate the dump-in on the corner boards to kill the rest of the clock. Brilliant play by these two.</p> <h4>Honorable Mentions:</h4> <p>Alfredsson and Jurco held their own, but both had trouble putting it all together in the offensive zone. I did like how Alfredsson backchecked, but the performance wasn't overall good enough to warrant a plus. Legwand forechecked well in this one, but I want more out of him than he provided, considering he spends time on the power play and doesn't kill penalties.</p> <h4>Current Game Chart</h4> <p><iframe width="100%" height="300" frameborder="0" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ai5XeH94lTDbdFZCRDFxd2xHRVRQa1ViTEdFZjdYbHc&output=html&widget=true"></iframe></p> <h4>Playoffs Totals Chart</h4> <p><iframe width="100%" height="300" frameborder="0" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ai5XeH94lTDbdDNEME1WRDhoNkJDY0twQjYzR1JHUEE&output=html&widget=true"></iframe></p> <h4>Screener's Assist Totals</h4> <table align="left" border="1"><tbody><tr> <td><b>Player Name</b></td> <td><b>Screener's Assists Totals</b></td> </tr></tbody></table>