Now, beyond the, “that was a bad call, ref!”, there’s also the “oh, that was a make-up call” fans get upset about. Your team is penalized (maybe the ref knows the call wasn’t right) then finds something, even if it’s minuscule, from the other team later in the game, to make up for the call that was made against your team. Is this a thing? Well, we now have some (slight) proof. Audio straight from a NHL referee who was supposedly mic’ed up in a recent Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings game.
Pittsburgh Penguins star forward, Sidney Crosby, played in his 1,000th game Saturday. He was drafted by the Penguins in 2005, and has played for them his entire career, winning 3 championships with them over his time (2009, 2016, 2017). During his career, the future Hall of Famer won the MVP twice (2007, 2014) and he is currently 3rd on the point leaderboard among active NHL players.
After spending 14 years with the Boston Bruins, 43-year old Zdeno Chara has signed a one-year, $795,000 with the Washington Capitals. The Capitals finished an offseason of signing veteran defenders, including Paul LaDue, Trevor van Riemsdyk, and Justin Schultz, by signing the six-foot, nine-inch Slovak.
As the NHL previously announced, the NHL will realign its divisions for the 2021 NHL season which is to begin on January 13. To minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus, teams will only play other teams in their division. As a result of the 56-game regular season schedule, each team will play the others in their division 8 times a year. Here is one rivalry from each division that fans should be excited to see twice as much as usual.
The Edmonton Oilers’ 2020 NHL season ended poorly, as the team’s promising Stanley Cup hopes died abruptly when they were eliminated in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers to the 12 seed, Chicago Blackhawks. The bad news for the Oilers continues a week after the Stanley Cup Playoffs have ended, as their captain and arguably the current face of the NHL, Connor McDavid, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
24 teams traveled to the two NHL bubbles at the end of September to start the NHL postseason, and seven weeks later, we are down to two teams. With the Stanley Cup Final starting on Saturday, the Stanley Cup will be awarded to a new team before the end of September. The Dallas Stars are looking for their second Stanley Cup Championship, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for their second cup as well. With puck drop imminent, who will be crowned the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion?