“I think the fans don’t like your questions” – Kostin to Jim Matheson
— Dyl (@dhockey13) December 15, 2022
As soon as next season, teams like Edmonton and Calgary could play as many as eight games against each other, rather than the current three.
The idea behind this shift was partially bolstered by the NHL’s COVID-disrupted 2020-21 season, when the league redrew all four divisions
— Sportico (@Sportico) December 15, 2022
Seravalli: “Let’s start with what Matt Larkin referred to on Daily Faceoff as ‘the hit of the year.’ Ryan Reaves crushed Filip Hronek of the Red Wings, a guy who’s had an excellent year on the blueline for Detroit.Mike, what are your thoughts on this hit?”McKenna: “This is just a freight train. And here’s the thing, Hronek skates right into Reaves. If you back the clip up and watch Reaves well in advance, he actually circles outside the blueline and all he’s doing is flowing forward, he doesn’t take any steps at all. Hronek skates right into him.I don’t like victim shame, but Hronek has to be aware of his surroundings. This wasn’t a predatory hit to me in any way. I’m sure Reaves saw Hronek coming and thought ‘well, this is going to be a big hit, nothing I can do about it.’This is like when you’re riding your bike as a kid, and you look away for a second and the next thing you know you’ve planted yourself in an oak tree.I’ve seen worse hits in recent years where it felt predatory and a player was clearly taking advantage of someone. With this one, Hronek had a chance to get out of the way or do something different here. I don’t like to see anyone get hurt but this one was simply time and space. It was going to happen.”Seravalli: “The look on Hronek’s face, it was deer in the headlights, it’s like he knew, I’m in big trouble here and I’m going to take one.And here’s the thing, by the letter of the law, this hit is absolutely clean. I’ve been advocating for physical hockey forever and the old me would be celebrating and clapping for this huge hit. But I saw a Tweet last night from Chris Nowinski, a former NCAA football player who’s now a doctor, and it made me stop in my tracks and think, he’s onto something…