The Log Off Podcast: "Imagine how good this team would be if you replaced Jack Johnson with Jeff Carter!"

Dimitri Filipovic
January 24 2014 03:58PM

"So, Mr.Poile, tell us about that time you got drunk and got all of those unfortunate tattoos.."

Topics covered on today's edition of the show:

  • The Patrick Marleau/Joe Thornton contract extensions and what does the future holds for the Sharks (Ales Hemsky?)
  • Whose career would you rather have: Marleau's, or Vincent Lecavalier's? Is Marleau a Hall of Famer?
  • The Michael Del Zotto/Kevin Klein trade, and the flexibility the Nashville Predators have moving forward
  • The Lumbus Blue Jackets! How legit is their current winning streak? Who can we credit for it?
  • The All-Hipster Team!

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The Log Off Podcast: "Are we going to touch on St.Louis? Did he stroke it?"

Dimitri Filipovic
January 20 2014 02:58PM

John Tortorella should've probably just #LoggedOff on Saturday night.

This past weekend in the NHL sure did provide us with a litany of topics to discuss on this edition of the podcast; particularly Saturday night, in which there was an officiating blunder in Detroit, a 4-goal game by an ageless wonder, and oh yeah, a line brawl in Vancouver (and some shenanigans off of the ice to boot).

Don't you worry, we touched on all of that. We also whether we'd rather buy Avalanche or Lightning stock, and introduced a few new segments that'll be recurring over the coming weeks/months (a buy/sell fantasy hockey portion, and a picks contest).

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The Log Off Podcast: "Is there blood on our hands?"

Dimitri Filipovic
January 13 2014 04:29PM

"I can't believe the internet hasn't ran with this meme by now, if I'm being honest"

Last time you heard from us, we were openly ridiculing the Winnipeg Jets for the way in which they've been handling their business, from management to coaching to player personnel. Well, one of those has seemingly been fixed, with Paul Maurice replacing Jeff Goldblum Claude Noel behind the bench. Cam assures me that there's no blood on our hands, but I'm not so sure about that.. we were pretty harsh last time out after all. Either way you're welcome, Winnipeg.

As a quick aside: how is it possible that, given the social media era we currently live in, that no one has taken the Kevin Chevel-DAY OFF meme and ran with it? I spent some time searching it up online, and nothing comes up, which is a total travesty. This stuff basically writes itself. Whenever the day comes that he finally gets axed by the club, I hope you all enjoy the Kevin Chevel-LAY OFF headline.

But enough about the Jets. We only spent a couple of minutes talking about them, before using the rest of the show to take a close look at the Eastern Conference playoff race (particularly "the murky middle" as Cam coined it, from spots 5-14). We mostly focused on the New York Islanders (a team which we like, especially if they get their hands on a legitimate NHL goaltender), the Carolina Hurricanes (a team that could be poised to make a run up the standings), and the Buffalo Sabres (who could be really enticing in a few years if they nail their upcoming draft picks).

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Score-Adjusted Fenwick and Remaining Strength of Schedule

Travis Yost
January 13 2014 02:02PM


As far as I'm aware, the only NHL-based strength of schedule stuff around the internet can be found through Jeff Sagarin's ratings over at USA Today. Problem, of course, is that goals and goal differentials are great to look at if you want to know why a team currently sits where they do in the standings; it does far less to assist in future forecasting.

Knowing what we know about the predictive value of Score-Adjusted Fenwick (and the fact that it's still not automated anywhere on the internet), I went ahead and compiled the number for each NHL team, accurate through January 14, 2014. Then, I went ahead and compiled strength of schedules based on the average Score-Adjusted Fenwick each club will see through the rest of the season.

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The Log Off Podcast: "Dustin Byfuglien is a Big Blue Circle"

Dimitri Filipovic
January 10 2014 03:33PM

Sup? [GIF via Dan McQuade]

We're back with the 2nd episode of the "Log Off Podcast" in which we discuss hockey ad nauseam until it's time for us to, well, log off. Last time you heard from us was on Monday, when we spent the entirety of the show previewing what we thought Team Canada's roster would look like.

Well, with a few days to let it all sink in and marinate, we now feel it's a good time to take a quick look at who was "snubbed", and what kinds of adjustments we'd make. In case you're looking for a cynical take on the team, then feel free to skip past the first 5 or 6 minutes.. because we seemed to share a fairly positive outlook on the result, all things considered.

After that, we hopped around all over the NHL, talking about the mess that's taking place in Winnipeg right now (spurred by the news that Dustin Byfuglien will be moving back to forward, despite a largely successful run as a blueliner over the past few seasons), the dry spell in Vancouver (and their weird season to-date), and the complete and utter tire fire in Toronto (which'll hopefully conclude with Randy Carlyle being shot into outer space).. 

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