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Old 03-01-2020, 06:40 PM
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NHL 103 - March 2020


New month.

My Leafs are still hanging on to a playoff spot, and Matthews is still in the running with Pasternak and Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard trophy. The Leafs are a difficult team to watch: perhaps they always have been. Last night against Vancouver they played a perfect 60 minute game, yet last week were beat by a Zamboni driver. Go figure.
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And the Canes have yet to lose in March. They may make the playoffs, because everybody in the Metro but Philly suddenly seems to want to go golfing in April.
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Johnny Boychuk took a skate blade to the eye. (replay @ around 0:42) Luckily, he's ok. Needed 90 stitches. Nothing on Planet Earth scares me more than flying skateblades. Last year Mitch Marner's blade caught him close to the neck area. (He seems to have bad luck with that.) I realise it's nine years after the fact (2011 play-off finals), but maybe that's a little karma for his Greco-Roman wrestling move he did on Mason Raymond as they slid into the boards, which went uncalled, as the repugnant fans booed MR as he was helped off the ice, and ending up with a fractured vertebra that so narrowly could have been way worse.

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The Canuckleheads go into last night's game with the league's worst third period goal differential and wouldn't ya know they have a one goal lead in the third and end up losing to divisional opponents in regulation. Been too much fretting over the month-long sidelining of near-Vezina candidate Jakob Markstrom, when the problem has been the rest of the team not supporting whoever's between the pipes.
At least my Flyers somehow beat the Caps yesterday and have gone on a seven-game win streak to leapfrog (yeah, temporarily, mebets) to the top of the Metropolitan. Maybe they'll make the play-offs?
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Flyers are one point back in the Metropolitan. But, if the trends continue they’ll have first by the end of today.
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Klingberg has been making some mistakes and taking stupid penalties the last couple of games.
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Oh, Tuesday and today were absolutely lovely! Murray seems to be getting back to form *crosses fingers*. I soooooo want to see us beat Washington on Saturday. It freaking hurts.

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Flyers are one point back in the Metropolitan. But, if the trends continue they’ll have first by the end of today.
Then let's hope they don't.
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Then let's hope they don't.
About that.
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Some NHL “records” have lots of caveats. Only twice has a player scored four goals and then added a fifth in overtime. Both times the losing team was the Capitals. Sergei Federov in 1996 was the other.
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One of the greatest ever has passed. Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard was 84.
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One of the greatest ever has passed. Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard was 84.
He celebrated his 21st birthday last Saturday.
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How the league seems to be handling the coronavirus outbreak

Already, it seems events themselves are being cancelled and/or postponed, games are being closed to the public, etc. I'm guessing what they'll tell us tomorrow is that they're just going to do like the NBA and suspend the rest of the season.
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How the league seems to be handling the coronavirus outbreak

Already, it seems events themselves are being cancelled and/or postponed, games are being closed to the public, etc. I'm guessing what they'll tell us tomorrow is that they're just going to do like the NBA and suspend the rest of the season.
I fear you may be right. I'm interested in seeing a televised game with no fans though. It'll be kinda Twilight Zoneish.
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I fear you may be right. I'm interested in seeing a televised game with no fans though. It'll be kinda Twilight Zoneish.
The Orioles did it a few years back after the Baltimore riots. It was very bizarre to watch.
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TBH, I will be disappointed if the NHL does not suspend the rest of the season, following the NBA lead. The only thing to gain is some money - the potential loss is so much worse. And given the way the Stars have been playing they need a break.

ETA: I wonder what SportsCentre looks like when there are no games going on? It will be fascinating to see all the knock on effects of this.

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What did TV do during the NHL lockouts? Just show more of other sports I assume. NBA G league is suspended too so I figure the AHL follows what the NHL does.
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It is official. The NHL has suspended games going forward.
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I'm a Senators fan, so my season was suspended in October.

This is for the best. Let this play out, come back in a few weeks.
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What did TV do during the NHL lockouts? Just show more of other sports I assume. NBA G league is suspended too so I figure the AHL follows what the NHL does.
Well, I'm going to watch The Exorcist tonight, so I can still see the Devils lose.
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What did TV do during the NHL lockouts? Just show more of other sports I assume. NBA G league is suspended too so I figure the AHL follows what the NHL does.
There were some classic games shown on the regional sports networks, whatever the one in Dallas was showed the Stars Stanley Cup run during the season long lockout.
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The regional networks probably will show reruns, they might need permission for that but I don't see why teams would not allow it . ESPN just lost a large chunk of their events. They might show reruns too

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Spanish Flu ended the season in 1919.
Coronavirus ended the season in 2020*.
I hope I’m not around for 2121!

* I know it might resume but jokes before facts.
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Good joke, but to get serious, it would be genuinely amazing if they didn't at least come back and fire up the playoffs. The loss of revenue would be disastrous.

Unless COVID-19 is an absolute firestorm of death that lasts way longer than anticipated, they're finishing the season, and it won't be.
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They'll be playing into July this year.
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The regional networks probably will show reruns, they might need permission for that but I don't see why teams would not allow it . ESPN just lost a large chunk of their events. They might show reruns too
In fact last night I saw one of the Hawks Stanley cup playoff games on one of the regional networks here in Chicago, fairly late at night.

It may be had been scheduled to air previously, it’s not uncommon for the regional networks to air stuff like that although it’s usually in the off season
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It's not the same, but I must admit, seeing some of the old games are kind of neat. They're showing them on the NHL Network too, and it's weird to see Messier with hair!
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