Saturday, June 30, 2012

2011-2012 NHL Season Highlights

This year's NHL season was filled with many ups and downs both on and off the ice. Here we look at our highlights for the 2011-2012 NHL season.

#PickPhilPhirst was one of Shelly and my proudest moments. Thanks in large part to SkinnyPPPhish and the rest of the PPP crowd, enough people tweeted Joffrey Lupul to get the hashtag trending in Toronto (very briefly, but whatever) AND we even made Puck Daddy. Here's a screenshot to prove it:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Predicting Standings Before It Was Cool

So Emily and I got a little bored waiting for free agency to start and we came up with a super-cool novel idea to predict the NHL standings for next year, for no reason other than pure fun. Obviously it's to be taken with a grain of salt since it's based on a few important assumptions:

  1. There will be hockey next season
  2. Conference alignment, playoff eligibility, etc. stays the same (ceteris paribus)
  3. Suter goes to Detroit
  4. Parise stays with NJ
  5. Bobby Ryan doesn't stay with Anaheim (though we don't know where he'll go yet)
  6. The hockey gods hate Toronto
  7. There will be hockey next season
And here they are, with a brief explanation wherever applicable

Friday, June 15, 2012

Our Picks for the NHL Awards

Our summers so far have been really busy and really lazy and other than some help we got from our friend Will, we haven't really updated here in a while (if you couldn't tell). But all that's going to change because we now present to you our carefully justified picks for this year's NHL Awards:

The Hart Memorial Trophy - MVP as chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos

This is one of the few Emily and I disagreed on. She chose Hank because he had the best sv% (although it'd be kind of hard for Geno or Stammer to beat him in that category), beautiful hair, got his team to the third round (ahem, playoff performance), and was in the You Can Play videos:

This video's always worth another watch

I meanwhile, took a different (and completely unbiased) approach by picking Geno Malkin. Being the MVP means you're going to represent the league, and Stamkos can't do that until he cuts his hair. Lundqvist's hair, meanwhile, is too good and doesn't reflect the blue-collarness of the NHL. So clearly, Geno wins.