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Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:10 pm
 

PittScores Rankings: Midseason Version

Well  we are officially past the halfway point in the season, since each team has played at least 41 games.  These rankings are a little different then the ones I posted on the NHL board though, because only each teams first 41 games are taken into account in this version and there is nothing taken into account about who has been hot lately, because they are for the season as a whole.  Here are the rankings:

1. New Jersey Devils

  • 3.0802 rating

2.  Chicago Blackhawks

  • 3.0648 Rating

3. San Jose Sharks

  • 2.6364 Rating

4. Washington Capitals

  • 1.9994 Rating

5. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • 1.8372 Rating

6. Buffalo Sabres

  • 1.7842 Rating

7. Vancouver Canucks

  • 1.3764 Rating

8. Phoenix Coyotes

  • 1.3029 Rating

9. Calgary Flames

  • 1.2801 Rating

10. Colorado Avalanche

  • 0.9987 Rating

11. Nashville Predators

  • 0.7801 Rating

12. Los Angeles Kings

  • 0.6213 Rating

13. Boston Bruins

  • 0.3838 Rating

14. Detroit Red Wings

  • 0.1945 Rating

15. Dallas Stars

  • -0.2839 Rating

16. Ottawa Senators

  • -0.3518 Rating

17. Atlanta Thrashers

  • -0.5347 Rating

18. Philadelphia Flyers

  • -0.5347 Rating

19. Minnesota Wild

  • -0.6779 Rating

20. New York Rangers

  • -0.6932 Rating

21. Montreal Canadiens

  • -0.8660 Rating

22. St. Louis Blues

  • -1.2999 Rating

23. Florida Panthers

  • -1.3567 Rating

24. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • -1.4200 Rating

25. Anaheim Ducks

  • -1.5808 Rating

26. Edmonton Oilers

  • -1.8373 Rating

27. New York Islanders

  • -1.9197 Rating

28. Columbus Blue Jackets

  • -2.1000 Rating

29. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • -2.1671 Rating

30. Carolina Hurricanes

  • -3.6548 Rating



Notes:

  • Only 1 Original 6 team in the top 10 (Blackhawks)
  • In the top 10, there are 6 Western Conference teams and 4 Eastern Conference
  • The Southeast Division owns 3 of the bottom 10 positions (Panthers, Lightning, and Hurricanes)
  • 2 Canadian Teams in the top 10 (Canucks and Flames) and 2 in the bottom 10 (Canadiens and Maple Leafs)
  • I think I will be renaming 30th place the Hurricanes award, since they have held the spot since these rankings were created
  • I was gonna put more, but this took long enough and I'm lazy


Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:10 pm
 

Improving the NHL

Last April I did a blog about how you could improve the MLB which you can find HERE , but hockey is where my heart lies when it comes to sports.  I can watch any game any time, no matter who is playing.  That is why I wanna see a couple of things change, to make the game more exciting for the fans.

Less Teams:

Many people think that there are to many teams in the NHL, and while I do not necessarily agree, I think the NHL would be better off if they cut the league down by 2 teams.  The 2 teams I think the NHL would miss the least are the Phoenix Coyotes and the Florida Panthers.  Neither of these teams have been really successful and their fan support has been weak.  If they got rid of these 2 teams, hold a draft to redisperse the players from these teams to the 28 remaining teams.

No More Conferences:

In the NFL you have the AFC and NFC, in the MLB its the AL and NL, in basketball its the East and the West.   Right now the NHL is like the NBA while having the east and west, but I think it would be unique and be something that a lot of people could enjoy if they got rid of conferences.

My idea is to get 4 different divisions of 7 teams.  The 4 divisions names should be the Adams, Patrick, Smythe, and Norris to go back to the ways things used to be before the 1993-1994 season.  The NHL is most history based than any of the other major sports (with the Stanley cup and other tropheys) so why not bring back the old school names?

New Divisions:

With the bigger divisions and the fact that 2 teams are gone, the divisions need to be fixed.  I would go with the following 4 divisions:

Patrick Divison:
This division has the 6 teams that were in the Patrick division before the relignment, so they already have natural rivalries (especially with 5 of the teams being in the current Atlantic Division).  I also put the Blue Jackets in because they would have a natural rivalry with the Penguins and I think they would develop into a good rival for the rest of the teams.

Smythe Division:
Since I couldn't include the Winnipeg Jets since they have moved to Raleigh, I had to add 2 new teams to this division.  I chose the Ducks and Avalanche since the Ducks are on the West coast and new to the league since the old divisions and the Avalanche used to be the Nordiques and have moved a lot more west.

Norris Division:
The Red Wings, Blackhawks, Blues, and Maple Leafs were all apart of this division 17 or so years ago, and it was a great one.  Adding in 2 more of the original 6 (5 total) just makes this division more heated.  I added the Sabres because I had to put them somewhere.

Adams Division:
Other than the Stars (well North Stars at the time) and Senators, none of these teams were in this division because they are either new to the league since then or have moved.  This division may have some some travel issues, but I like the other 3 divisions how they are so these are basically the rest of whats left.

New Scheduling/Points:

The first thing that would have to change would be the schedule.  Currently you play every team in your division 6 times, all other teams in your conference 4, and everyone in the other conference 1 time (and 3 of those teams you play twice).

For a new scheduling, I would still have you play your divisional opponents 6 time (36 games).  The other 21 teams I would have you play them twice each (42 games).  So far this is a total of 78 games, but you will play a total of 84.  The other 6 games depend on how you finish the year before.  You would play every team that finished in the same place in their division as you 2 more times.  So if the Penguins and Blackhawks won their divisions one year, the next year they would play 4 times instead of 2.

The other change I would have is the points system.  I think it is time to adopt a 3 point system in the NHL.  Getting basically half the points you get for a win just by going to OT is not right, and needs to be changed.  I believe it needs to be as follows:
  • 3 points for a regulation win
  • 2 points for an OT/SO win
  • 1 point for an OT/SO loss
  • 0 points for a regulation loss
This point system would help discourage teams to take it easy at the end of the 3rd period because they want to secure 1 point, and could lead to a lot more exciting finishes.

Playoff Format Changes:

A lot of people might not like this idea, but I do.  Instead of the 16 teams with the most points making the playoffs, there would be a divisional playoff first.  The top 4 teams in each division would make this round.  What would happen is each division would have a tournament to see which team is the division champ.  For example in the Patrick Division say it ended up these final standings:
  1. Penguins
  2. Flyers
  3. Capitals
  4. Devils
  5. Rangers
  6. Blue Jackets
  7. Islanders
The Penguins, Flyers, Capitals, and Devils would play in a mini tournament to see who is the division champ.  The Penguins would play the Devils and the Flyers would play the Capitals.  The 2 winners would play each other, and then the division winner would be crowned. All of this would be just like the playoffs and be 7 game series.

Once all 4 division winners are crowned, then those 4 play to see who the Stanley Cup winners are.  They would be ranked 1-4 based on the amount of points earned outside of your division, and the tie breaker would be total points.  Then it would be just like the current conference finals, the 2 winners go on to the Finals to see who would play for the Cup.

Rule Changes:

There are a few rules in the current NHL that I would want to change:
  • Get rid of the instigator rule, no explination really needed.
  • When a player is called for diving, don't put both players in the box.  Either the other player took a penalty or there was a dive, punish them for diving instead of making it even.
  • Get rid of the trapizoid.  Goalies that can stick handle well shouldn't be punished by putting a place in where they can't handle the puck.
  • Make the goalies pads smaller.  I was always on the fence about this, but after seeing some goalies pads they need to be smaller.  When you watch an old school game, their pads were so small its rediculous.  I am not saying make them that small, but a little bit smaller to inscrease scoring.
  • If a goalie goes behind the net to play the puck, he should be free game for hits.  Would make a lot of exciting plays behind the net.
  • When a penalty shot is called, the team gets to decide if they want the penalty shot or 2 minute power play.


Thats all I got now, feel free to leave a comment about what you agree/disagree with and any other rules you would like to see.
Posted on: July 17, 2009 10:40 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2009 10:44 pm
 

QOTD 7/17/09 Games You are looking foreward

What games are you looking foreward to in the 2009-2010 NHL season? Sorry for the long hiatus fot QOTD, hasn't been much to talk about and I have been lazy with it.  Todays question involves the schedule that was just recently released.  What games are you looking foreward to?  Here are some of mine:

  • October 2 vs. Rangers - Home opener, raising the banner.
  • October 3 at Islanders - Tavares' NHL debut and will get to meet Orpik, Cooke, Kunitz, and Rupp Laughing .
  • October 8 at Flyers - First game between the 2 teams, will be a battle.
  • October 30 at Blue Jackets - I really like watching the Jackets play, and may go down to Columbus for this game.
  • December 5 vs. Blackhawks - Young, fast team.  Was a great battle last year and I expect an even better one this year.
  • January 31 vs. Red Wings - Red Wings first regular season game back at the Mellon Arena since the Finals.
  • March 20, 22, 24, 27 vs. Hurricanes , at Red Wings, at Capitals , vs. Flyers - Penguins play all 4 teams they played in the playoffs last year in 4 staight games.  
  • April 8 vs. Islanders- May be the last game at Mellon Arena.
* All of those games are Penguins games haha

** Your picks do not have to involve your team, I don't really look foreward to other teams games so thats why mine are all Penguins games.
Posted on: April 10, 2009 9:28 pm
 

Improving the MLB

The MLB right now is a league that is doing well, but could be made a lot more enjoyable to more people if they made a few changes:

Salary Cap:

Of course this is the first thing I am going to address as a Pirates fan.  Some people say it wouldn't help competitiveness, but I am sure it would. One thing I would also add however is a minimum a team can spend, a players cap, and a change in new contracts.

For the salary cap, I feel that $100 million would be a reasonable start.  Of the 30 teams in the league, 9 of them are over $100 million.  5 of those 9 teams would be over by less than $20 million.  The other 4 teams would have a problem getting under the cap.  In order to do this cap, teams would have to be able to cut current roster players without penalty and same with restructuring contracts, but only the first offseason of a salary cap.

If their is gonna be a salary cap, I feel their needs to be a players cap. I think a reasonable number would be 20% of the currrent cap (which with a $100 million cap, it would be $20 million to start).  Right now, I believe only 4 players have a salary greater than this (Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Derek Jeter, Mark Texeira).  I may be incorrect about that, however. 

For a lower limit of a salary cap, I would set it at 60% of the current salary cap ($60 million for this salary cap).  Of the 30 teams, only 3 teams are under it at the moment (Pirates, Padres, Marlins).  This would force these 3 teams to go out and spend a little bit of money to get to the cap.

I am not sure about how contracts work in the MLB, and this might be how it already is, but I would suggest once you sign a contract, you cannot restructure it.  This is one thing I hate about the NFL.  You see players holding out because they want a new contract.  I feel if you sign a contract, you should honor it and play it out.  Like I said before, this may be how it is.

Get rid of the DH:

Some people like it, some people don't.  That usually depends on which league your team plays in.  I for one am not a fan of the DH.  I feel it takes an element out of the game that used to always be apart of it.  What makes the DH even worse is that only half the league has it, which doesn't make sense to have different set of rules for one half of the league than the other.

Another reason I am against the DH is because of Babe Ruth.  This may be dumb because of one player, but he is 3rd in MLB history in home runs.  If they had the DH rule back then, he would have never had a shot to show his home run hitting ability.  Sometimes I wonder how many other pitchers could have also been great home run hitters (yes, I know Babe Ruth's and good hitting pitchers do not come around often, but that is usually because they don't work on it).

Balance the Leagues:

I think each league should have 15 teams, and if that means interleague games all season then so be it.  I would reorganize it like this:

Eastern Conference:
Northeast- Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Phillies, Orioles
Atlantic- Pirates, Nationals, Indians, Tigers, Blue Jays
Southeast- Rays, Marlins, Braves, Reds, Cardinals

Western Conference:
Central- Cubs, White Sox, Brewers, Twins, Royals
Southwest- Mariners, Giants, Dodgers, Athletics, Angels
Pacific- Padres, Rangers, Astros, Rockies, Diamondbacks

I feel this would make more sence because of locations of inter-division teams were closer.  Also, this gives the MLB a chance to develop new rivalries to go along with the ones we already have.

Schedule Change:

The MLB schedule right now is very confusing. Yes you play an equal number of home and road games, but thats the only thing consistant with the schedule.  There is not set amount of games you play against teams and this is a problem I think the MLB needs to address.  I am all for a schedule like this:

6 games against 1 division from opposite conference (5 teams- 3 home, 3 away)= 30 games
8 games against each inter-conference team team (10 teams- 4 home, 4 away)= 80 games
10 games against 4 other division team (5 home, 5 away)= 40 games
Total= 150 games

This is 12 games less than the current schedule, which would around 2 weeks off the schedule. This would move the World Series up, and hopefully would mean better weather for those games.  If they didn't want to do that, they could move the start of the season 2 weeks later, and could cut down on all these weather delays we always have at this time of year.

Playoffs:

This is one part of the game I would leave alone.  I like the fact that 4 teams get in.  Each division winner gets in, and 1 wild card team from each conference.  The only thing I would change is that once the 4 teams are in, I would rank them by record.  For example, lets say in the east if the Red Sox, Tigers, and Rays win their respective divisions and the wild card team was the Cardinals.  If the Cardinals have a better record than the Tigers but worse record than the Rays and Sox, they would be the 3 seed instead of the division winner Tigers. 

World Series Home Field:

You had to know this was coming.  IMO having an exibition game be what determines home field in the world series is just plain stupid.  The team with the better record should get home field, and if there is a tie and the teams did not play that season, then maybe use the All Star game as what determines home field.  Just do not make it the first thing that determines home field.

Instant Replay:

Last season the MLB finally joined the party on instant replay.  I feel right now it being very basic with only home run calls is good, but I feel it should expand but not to much.  The only thing I would really add to be reviewable is close players on the bases and if a player caught a ball or trapped it.  Both of those can be just as important to a game as a home run.  Also, balls and strikes should never be reviewable because different umpires have different strike zones.

There should also be 3 ways to review a play:

  1. Manager Challenge-  Each manager should get 1 challenge per game, and if they win it they get an extra one.
  2. Umpire Challenge- If an umpire is unsure of a play, he should be able to review it to get the call right.
  3. Booth review- If the booth is sure a call is wrong, they can make the call down to the umpire to get the call right.

 

 
 
 
 
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