First Star, Worst Star: March 22, 2015

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March 22 2015 01:00PM

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Spring is finally here!! *Looks out window. Can't see due to snow covering window* Ehh.... Well we may have to wait a little longer on that one, but no need to wait for this weeks edition of First Star, Worst Star!! 

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Where does Joe Thornton's legacy stand?

Cam Lewis
March 21 2015 03:41PM

In a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week, San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton recorded the 900th assist of his NHL career, becoming the 19th player ever to do so. This accomplishment got me thinking about Jumbo Joe’s career and where his legacy will stand after he retires. Despite the fact he’s put up consistently great numbers throughout his career — in a relatively low scoring era with one and a half lockouts nonetheless — Thornton’s name doesn’t seem to be one that comes up with the game’s all-time greats. 

As we all know, this is because he’s had limited success in the playoffs, and whether it’s valid or not, he’s been labeled as a choker when it matters most. 

Where will Jumbo Joe end up on the NHL’s all-time scoring list? How much of his legacy is intertwined with his playoff success? What will his legacy by once he retires? Even though he hasn’t won anything, it’s completely valid to say he’s one of the best playmakers ever to play the game. Jumbo may actually finish his career as the greatest NHL player to never win a Stanley Cup. 

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The triumph of a standard bearer: RIP Matthew Wuest

Thomas Drance
March 20 2015 11:49AM

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I've occasionally been asked if NHLNumbers.com plans to position itself as a "replacement" for capgeek.com. 

The short answer is admittedly yes, but the truer answer is that we can only aspire to improve our database and site design to the point where it is half as clean, accurate and thorough as what Capgeek founder Matthew Wuest built and meticulously maintained over the years at capgeek.com. 

The truer answer is that there's no replacing capgeek.com. It was perfect, brilliant and dynamic. 

Much more importantly, there's no replacing capgeek.com founder and sports journalist Matthew Wuest. Wuest died this week after a two-and-a-half year battle with colon cancer and his loss has been poignantly felt across the hockey world. Dignified, humble, hard working, revolutionary - Wuest was and is irreplaceable. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
March 20 2015 06:03AM

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The Kadri saga continues, LA Kings conspiracy theories, Jannik Hansen owns Dion Phaneuf, Flames dominate the Pacific division, Ben 'Sievens', Michael Hutchinson and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKIngs.

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Awarding points and the 2015 playoff race

Cam Lewis
March 18 2015 08:00AM

Earlier this year, I decided it would be a great idea to sit down and figure out how the loser point had effected the NHL standings over the past five seasons. The effect was relatively negligible, with the only real changes coming in the form of a few shuffled around playoff seeds. The only significant change was the Los Angeles Kings missing out on the 2012 playoffs — the year they won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. 

I think most people agree the current system is awful. After a few years, people have grown tired of the shootout, and fans want to see either a 3-2-1-0 point format, or they want to see the point system scrapped completely. With the recent stir around three on three overtimes becoming a likely reality in the NHL, I decided to see what effect removing the loser point or adding a different style of point scoring would have on this season’s playoff race.

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