20 October 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 21 - So Long, for now.

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Welcome to Episode 21 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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36 Minutes of wondering how this team has 7 points.

Week in Review
Three Stars
Week Preview
So long for now.

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This is the final "regular" episode of the podcast.  Thanks to our loyal listeners, and thanks to the three guests that agreed to do the show during its course, Nate Wells (@gopherstate), Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN), and Jeff Ponder (@jponder94).  Also special thanks to our original producer Andy Carlson. (@AndyCarlsonShow)

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14 October 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 20 - Winning, Yet Whining

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Welcome to Episode 20 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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58 Minutes of firings, should've been firings and playoff things :).

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Week In Review
Joe dislikes the Three Stars from NHL.com [NHL.com]
Our Three Stars of the Wild week, which are way better than the ones above
NWHL Debut and Streaming [NWHL Cross Ice Pass]
Russo has a good piece on the cap situation [Star Tribune]
Preview of weekend road trip

New episodes weekly.  Follow Justin at @sotsohockeyjj and Joe @sotsohockeyjoe for more details.  And as always send your questions or comments on the Wild to us to share on the show tweet using hashtag #sotsohpod.

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30 September 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 19 - Wild Rule, Jets Drool

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Welcome to Episode 19 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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26 Minutes of domination over Winnipeg and angst of being 8 days away.

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Wild beat the Jets by a lot [wild.com]
Jets coach Paul Maurice acted quite Petty [@NHLJets]
NHL Expansion Update [Puck Daddy]
Minnesota Whitecaps to the NWHL? [Hockey Wilderness]


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15 September 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 18 - Commissioner for a Day

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Welcome to Episode 18 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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A 61 minute power trip.  Does that phrase mean something else in Twin Cities sports radio?

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If Joe were commissioner, he'd like to do something about buyouts.
If Justin were commissioner, he'd like to do something with standings.
Special guest Jeff Ponder of TheHockeyWriters stops by [@jponder94]
Here's the piece on icing rule changes that Justin likes so much [The Hockey Writers]
The Trapezoid debate
Uniform chat and NCHC rules [NorthlandsNewsCenter]
Justin still hates diving.
Joe needs more fans in the seats.

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Weekly shows will resume around October 12.

17 August 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 17 - State of the State of Womens' Hockey

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Welcome to Episode 17 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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55 Minutes of hockey and beyond with the wonderful Di Murphy. (@DiMurphyMN)

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Justin didn't have the episode number or the countdown to opening night in front of him, so this was actually a very lame intro.  (52 Days for the record.)

Did we mention Di Murphy! [@DiMurphyMN, AndyMustDi, PurpleForTheWin]
Lots of talk of Women's Pro Sports and excitement about the new NWHL. [Puck Daddy]
Here's some more neat info on the NWHL. [NWHL Draft, Schedule]
Of course we want Minnesota to be the 5th team!  (Even if it means Chicago needs to be the 6th, I suppose)
Listener Tweets [@uncanny_megan, @randallevee, @rchfssm]
Everyone lists off their favorite and least favorite sports. (Justin is a little sad that Di is not a fellow Soccer-phile.)
Great debate about hitting in girls/womens' hockey.  (If Justin were a good producer, this would've been a twitter question before the show.  But tweet your opinions in anyway if you like :). )

Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on upcoming episodes.  Follow Justin at @sotsohockeyjj and Joe @sotsohockeyjoe.  Weekly format to return in October.

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10 August 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 16 - Not October

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Welcome to Episode 16 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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34 Minutes of waiting for October.

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Joe isn't super psyched about the Hockey Day Minnesota venue. [BringMeTheNews]
Justin complains of sticker-shock on Stadium Series tickets.  [Russo's Rants]
Love for the Wild/Northstars Alumni roster.  [wild.com]
Haula and Wild sign deal before aribitration ruling. [Fox Sports]
Reminder of how tight the cap is. [General Fanager]
Matt Cullen to Pittsburgh. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Listener Tweet about Dumba changing his number. [@uncanny_megan, Instagram @matt.dumba]

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14 July 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 15 - Bye, Bye, Brodzy

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Welcome to Episode 15 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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31 Minutes of free agent goodness and angst about how long until October.

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Prospect scrimmage fun [Russo's Rants]
Bye, Bye, Brodzy [Russo's Rants]
Stewart is also a goner :(. [Yahoo! Puck Daddy]
Wild Cap Crunch [General Fanager]
Listener Tweets!  [@biffstix, @thoen88, @rebeccatherine]
U-S-A! U-S-A! [Fox Sports]
Joe not pleased with the tenses used in this announcement [@mnwild]
Stay Positive everyone!  It'll be October eventually.

Sporadic episodes throughout the summer.  Follow Justin at @sotsohockeyjj and Joe @sotsohockeyjoe on Twitter for more details.

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30 June 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 14 - A cool draft on a summer day

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Welcome to Episode 5 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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46 Minutes of draft review and careless summer speculation.

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The first ever guest in the history of the State of the State of Hockey Podcast:  Nate Wells (@gopherstate) of SB Nation joins us to talk draft. [SBNCollegeHockey]

This was the first guy the Wild drafted. [Pioneer Press]
So the Wild drafted these guys. [Pioneer Press]
And it's a big deal that they signed this guy. [Star Tribune]
Another instance of it's also a big deal that they signed this guy. [Russo's Rants]
So let the careless summer speculation begin, eh continue! [General Fanager]
The NHL makes rule changes for next year, different things tick off Joe and Justin [SI]

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Occasional shows over the summer, follow on Twitter for more details.

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22 June 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 13 - Matt Cooke Mash

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Welcome to Episode 13 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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56 Minutes of begruding congrats to the Blackhawks, Wild News (okay mostly #DubnykWatch), and one of us wishing Matt Cooke good luck as he moves on.  (As if you didn't know which one of us that is.)

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Review of the Final. (Congrats Blackhawks, I guess)
Finals TV Ratings [NBC Sports PR]
(Twin Cities actually a top 5 market of Final viewing, not top 10 like Justin said.)
#CoyotesWatch [PHT]
#DubnykWatch [Russo's Rants]
More Wild Talk [General Fanager]
A generous sampling of Cooke's attempts to injure players, including two in a Wild sweater [YouTube Kyle Greene]
Cooke tries to decapitate Ryan McDonough in 2011 [YouTube Loffen NYR]
And just because Justin loves this clip, the best moment in Atlanta Thrashers history [YouTube fcfightlog]
Excitement about the NHL schedule out on Thursday.
Justin owes Krystal Carlson an apology for giving former producer Andy Carlson credit for giving birth to their daughter. [@AndyCarlsonShow]

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Occasional shows through the summer.  Follow the blog or our twitter accounts for more details.

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08 June 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 12 - Where do you Stand?

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Welcome to Episode 12 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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45 Minutes of Stanley Cup review and a long debate about rule changes.

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Review of games 1 and 2 in the final.
Debate on rule changes before competition committee [Puck Daddy]
Bonus, not mentioned in the show, but worth a click -> [Hockey Standings]

No show week of June 15.
Next episode on Monday, June 22.
Most new episodes on Monday mornings.

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01 June 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 11 - The Final

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Welcome to Episode 11 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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34 Minutes of Stanley Cup Preview, more anticipation of the Wild's summer.

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Finals Preview and Picks.
We have a winner in the bracket challenge. [SOTSO Hockey, NHL.com]
Borrowed a little from here. [YouTube: Hondo20132]
Controversy about the Hossa Goal. [NHL.com]
Great blog by Russo about the summer. [Russo's Rants]
A look at Chicago's cap hell. [General Fanager]
Joe Loves Tyler Graovac.
Dan Bylsma and Ken Hitchcock have jobs.
Early draft speculation.
Jeff Blashill leaving Grand Rapids for Detroit? [SportingNews]
Justin should've put a dig toward Edmonton when mentioning being "bad for a long time."
Justin is still optimistic for a Suter bounce-back.
Vanek Bashing.

Next episode on Monday, June 8.
Most new episodes on Monday mornings.

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26 May 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 10 - Thank You Andy

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Welcome to Episode 10 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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46 minutes of playoff things, and where the Wild go this summer.

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Playoff Update
Bracket Challenge Update
Dany Heatley
Where Fletcher ranks among Minnesota sports GMs.
Goodbye Andy Carlson, thank you.
Dubnyk Deal Coming [Hockey Wilderness]
Give General Fanager a try. [General Fanager]
Joe's predictions for the summer.
We miss Cullen.
Should we start Yeo Watch early.
Babcock gets paid.
Justin agrees about hating on JR but in the next breath says "I like him fine."
Bandwagon Fans.
Listener Tweet on Playoff stats. [@uncanny_megan]
Joe not happy about some of Suter's comments in media.
Blackhawks cap hell coming.
Joe puts Justin in his place on the Wild's slump.
Justin doesn't want to trade Spurgeon.
Vanek, ugh.
Hoping for Iowa improvement.

New Episodes all summer!

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12 May 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 9 - Okay, Stop Believin'

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Welcome to Episode 9 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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46 Minutes to put a bow on the suddenly finished season.

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Review the last two Minnesota Wild games.
Justin takes a cheap shot at Patrick Roy
Three Stars.
What up next season. (NHLNumbers)
Joe drops a bombshell about the future of a Wild player.
Who stays and who goes?
Reviewing the rest of the playoffs.
The podcast rolls on!

Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings.

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05 May 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 8 - WTF

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Welcome to Episode 8 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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46 Minutes of not pulling punches on Suter

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Week in Review
Andy drops a Houston Oilers reference.  Nice.
A fairly tough three stars.
Listener Tweets (@TonyWiseau, @uncanny_megan)
Keys to the rest of the series
Around the NHL
Justin's excitement for Tampa Bay leads to a random discussion of southern hockey markets.
NHL Attendance 2014-15 (ESPN.com)
Emrick's pronunciation (Russo's Rants, State of Hockey News)
Watson - Prust Contraversy (PHT)
Shout out to Scouting The Refs. (ScoutingTheRefs)
We're clinging to fading hope.

Check out Producer Andy Carlson at PurpleFTW on the new Vikings draft picks. (PurpleFTW)
Also Nick Asuncion will be in for Di Murphy on this week's Andy Must Di. (AndyMustDi)

New episode next week.
Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings.
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28 April 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 7 - Groundhog's Day in Chicago

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Welcome to Episode 7 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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70 minutes of playoff victory happiness!

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Game 3 Review
Joe worries about Parise abuse in front of the net.

Game 4 Review
We talked about it, but Justin gives props to Wild Xtra for their approach to covering this game When to pull Dubnyk?

Game 5 Review
That spooky voice is just Andy trying to hypnotize you.
Joe was right about the Wild Power Play, and Justin was wrong.

Game 6 Review
Justin begrudgingly gives Cooke some credit. Still wants to trade him.

Wild Victory, where does this rank in great Wild moments in franchise history?

Hitchcock's future?

Joe defends Steve Ott, don't laugh he almost had a good point.
Dubnyk on Ott scratching Spurgeon. [Russo's Rants]

Three Stars
And Joe gives some love to the refs for being better than last year
Justin tried to derail three stars for an debate on hybrid icing versus no-touch
Sotsohpod loves war-on-ice.com [War On Ice]

Chicago Preview
"Win Justin Jelinek's Money" Bracket Challenge Update (Justin is crushing it right now.) [NHL Bracket Challenge]

Reckless schedule speculation.
And don't worry, the Bucks are hanging in there with the Bulls, so I bet Wild start on Friday. [NBA]

Thoughts on the other series in the NHL.

Thursday, catch live NFL draft commentary from SOTSO Hockey Podcast producer and PurpleFTW big cheese Andy Carlson.  [PurpleFTW]

Next episode on Tuesday, May 5 unless Monday is a game day.
Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings unless Monday is a game day.

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20 April 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 6 - Comin' back to Minnesota.

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54 Minutes of playoff goodness, should've been firings and playoff things :).

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Game 1 Review
Viewing Party Review, MOAR PLEASE!
Game 2 Review
#Duuuuub (YouTube We All Bleed Redd)
Listener Tweet on Game 1 (@uncanny_megan)
Justin and Joe disagree about if we've discussed officiating enough
3 Stars of the week.
Piece on Dumba and Torchetti (ESPN.com)
Justin second guesses Yeo's lineup at the end of game 2.  (Rhymes with panic)
Rest of the series, Wild Comin' Back to Minnesota.  Is 1-1 a good result, you betcha!
Who's been the better goalie in this series?
Regretting any picks yet?
"Win Justin Jelinek's Money $11.40 giveaway update." (NHL.com Bracket Challenge)
Should PK Subban have been suspended? (CBC)
Correction, Justin is wrong about PK Subban being suspended, I was thinking of this incident with Boston's Krejci for which Subban slid without punishment. (Boston Herald)
Ballard Update from Russo. (Star Tribune)
Horrifying abuse of Ottawa fans reported in Montreal. (Yahoo! Puck Daddy)
Edmonton wins the draft lottery. Joe is on Team McDavid.

Producer Andy Carlson speaks with KFAN's Paul Allen.  (PurpleFTW)

Next episode on Tuesday, April 28.
Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings.

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14 April 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 5 - Because It's the Cup

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58 Minutes of firings, should've been firings and playoff things :).

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Justin doesn't understand why Roy still has a job.
Jeff Simmons at Sportsnet Canada names the worst coach of the year. (Sportsnet.ca).
Mentioning a few coaches that actually were fired.
Okay Joe and Justin totally fail memory test of the 2013 Draft.  Edmonton drafted 7th that year and did not have a chance at Seth Jones.  (Wikipedia)
For the record, Edmonton took D Darnell Nurse that year.  Click to see how he's doing (Wikipedia)
Joe admits a secret about attending the Winnipeg game.
Debate about which Chicago beatdown was better (Tuesday or Feb 3rd)
Wild beat Nashville even with players sitting.
Nobody wanted to play on Saturday.
@dhd823 reminds us that Joe Sakic is a moron. (@dhd82, Yahoo! Puck Daddy)
Listener Tweets on Resting Players (@rebeccatherine, @MonsieurCRay)
Zucker's first game game back (@angelbear82711)
Three stars and honorable mentions!
Wild-Blues
Come join Joe and Justin at Joe Senser's in Bloomington on Saturday for Game 2.
Rest of the previews.
Listener Tweet on playing at home vs away (@uncanny_megan)
Justin gets browbeaten into changing a pick.

We didn't discuss this on the show, but we announce the SOTSOHockey "Win Justin Jelinek's Money" NHL Bracket Challenge.

In honor of his two favorite players, Justin is putting up $11.40 that says he has the winning bracket. But in the spirit of the greatest game show ever produced, he will defend his money by "becoming a common contestant."

(If anyone asks why not $40.11 Justin's two favorite players may suddenly become Keith Ballard and Charlie Coyle.)

If Justin wins the SOTSOHockey League at NHL.com's Bracket Challenge there will be no prize awarded!

To challenge Justin for the $11.40 grand prize:
1)  Enter the SOTSOHockey League at NHL.com's Bracket Challenge.
2)  Have the highest ranking entry among eligible contents and rank higher than Justin's entry, entry name: "Justin J".

NHL.com Bracket Challenge scoring and tiebreakers apply in ranking.  Prize will be divided equally in the event of winning entries tied after tiebreakers.

To be eligible contestants must do all of the following before NHL.com locks the brackets before play begins on Wednesday.

1)  Must follow both @SOTSOHockeyJJ and @SOTSOHockeyJoe on Twitter
2)  Must tweet Entry name to either @SOTSOHockeyJJ or @SOTSOHockeyJoe using hashtag #sotsohpod.
3)  Must only enter once. (Anyone caught with multiple entries will be disqualified!)
4)  Must not be Joe Hayford, Andy Carlson, their spouses, or Justin Jelinek's spouse.

Prize will only be paid using Paypal or Google Wallet.  Creating one of these accounts is required to receive prize.

Back to show notes....

Justin is now officially a season ticket holder next year.
Playoff tickets are scarce folks.
Viewing party Thursday night at the X. (wild.com)
Join us Saturday at Joe Senser's in Bloomington for another viewing party.

Next episode on Monday, April 20.
Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings.

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09 April 2015

A tiebreaker that really annoys me...

So we're getting down to the end of the regular season. And there's a topic I want to bring up that is only relevant between now and Saturday when the regular season comes to an end, regular season tiebreakers.

First I'll spell out exactly what's on NHL.com's standings page.

  1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage). 
  2. The greater number of games won, excluding games won in the Shootout. This figure is reflected in the ROW column. 
  3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included. If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, and not including any "odd" games, shall be used to determine the standing. 
  4. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season. NOTE: In standings a victory in a shootout counts as one goal for, while a shootout loss counts as one goal against. 

Now the first "tiebreaker" is not really a tiebreaker because it's only only relevant to how NHL.com sorts the table while the season's in progress if teams have played a different number of games. It can be ignored once all teams have completed their schedules.

The second tiebreaker, regulation and overtime wins, was a change before 2013-14, from the tiebreaker being total number of wins, including shootouts. I find this to be a positive change because it devalues the shootout, though not as much as if the NHL were to adopt the 3 point system the IIHF and KHL use, but I'll save that rant for another day.

You guessed it, it's the third tiebreaker that I'm talking about today. It starts off simple enough. "The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs," I think this is a reasonable tiebreaker when teams are even on points and ROW.

But then they make this odd allowance for series with odd numbers of games. "If two clubs are tied, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included," is a poorly worded confusing exception. It is not clear if this sentence refers to being tied on Points and ROW, or if it refers to being tied on the games between the teams.

There is a better way to word this in either case.  If the "odd" head-to-head games are discounted right away they could word it like this:

(my changes in bold)

"The greater number of points earned in included games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied on season points and ROW, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included."

 If the "odd" head-to-head games are discounted right away they could word it like this:

The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied on points in the games between each other, and have not played an equal number of home games against each other, points earned in the first game played in the city that had the extra game shall not be included.

Take Anaheim and St. Louis for the top seed in the West for example.  If Anaheim wins their last game against Arizona in a shootout, and St. Louis wins their last two in regulation or overtime (yes Wild fans, I know Minnesota's going to beat St. Louis on Saturday, but just hear me out) they would finish tied at 109 points and 42 ROW. So Head-to-head comes into play.  Here are the results between them this year:

@ANA, Su, 19 Oct - ANA 3-0
@STL, Th, 30 Oct - STL 2-0
@ANA, Fr, 2 Jan - ANA 4-3

So it's the first game in Anaheim that's in question.  If the first interpretation is correct then that game gets thrown out right away, then they are tied head to head (2 points each) and goal differential becomes the determining factor, in which St. Louis has an advantage at +44 to +9.  (I know St. Louis has had goaltending issues, but I think the hold on with two games to spare.)  If the second interpretation is correct, then Anaheim wins the tiebreaker 4 points to 2 because that first game is only thrown out if the head to head is tied overall.

For what it's worth, of first few Google results for "NHL head to head tiebreaker explained" bring up this post from The Puck Report and this HF Boards thread from 2012 before ROW was even a thing seem the most relevant.  (Google also brings up results for NFL and FIFA tiebreakers.  Oh Google!) The common understanding in these posts is that the first interpretation is correct.  I imagine that TSN link in the HF Boards thread would probably spell that out if it weren't now broken.  But not a lot of digital ink has been spilled on clarifying this.

But if the first interpretation is correct, the intent is not to give advantage to a team that gets an extra home game because of schedule rotation.   Well if you're like me, you've spotted the flaw.  Would St. Louis get punished if they had won the first game at Anaheim?  You bet they would.  (Also, if St. Louis had beat Anaheim in regulation in that first game, both teams would have 41 ROW, inviting more possibilities of a tie on points and ROW at season's end.)

Before realignment in the three division per conference format, every team played an even number of games against each opponent in the conference.  Six games against division foes, and four games against the other teams in the rest of the conference.  So this wording only came into play for the President's trophy because teams across conferences only played one or two games against one another.

This exposes another bug in this tiebreaker.  There will be "odd" games in almost every series between any two teams of the same conference with the post realignment schedule.

(read x*x as number of opponents times number of games against each)

Western Conference Schedule:
Div (29): 5*5, 1*4 (x)
Rest of Conf (21): 7*3 (x)
Other Conf (32): 16*2

(x)- Because there are an odd number of teams in the Western Conference divisions, one team in each division gives up a division game to play an extra game against each other.

Eastern Conference Schedule:
Div (30): 2*5, 5*4
Rest of Conf (24): 8*3
Other Conf (28): 14*2

So if it were up to me, simplyfing the tiebreaker to "The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs" without any caveat for home games is better.  This year the home team wins 54% of NHL and averages 1.2 points per home game.  It's not a huge advantage, this advantage rotates, and having the allowance for home games could punish a team that gets a road result.

Simpler is better, or at the very least, clearer wording is better.

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Check out the State of the State of Hockey podcast!  Playoff preview edition comes out Tuesday, 14 April.  In which regular season tiebreakers probably won't even be a topic :).  It works better with digital ink anyway.

06 April 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 4 - Playoffs

Welcome to Episode 4 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
MP3 hosted at sotohockey.com and embedded below.

A post-easter diet of just 34 minutes :).

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Joe and Justin feel bad for Colorado's elimination.
Reviewing the game against the Rangers.
Love for Lundquist.
Reviewing the game against the Red Wings.
Joe says refs are just plain bad this week.
Dumba Love!
Controversial Shootout (Nino's attempt at about 4:30) (NOTE FROM JUSTIN: I think it stays out after review.)
Justin drops a Picard Quote.
Standings Update. (SportsClubStats.com)
Three Stars of the week.
Joe's love for the Wild Fanbase
Relive Granlund's amazing shift in Game 4 against Colorado.  (YouTube Gybon B)
Listener Tweets (Byfuglien: @drainscott, Koivu: @uncanny_megan, Playoff opponents: @JDangerDawson, @minngolf, @uncanny_megan)
No love for DPS in the sotsohockey podcast.
#PirateAngryMikko
Revisiting the most favorable playoff opponent.
We be gamblin'.
Previews for next week.
Joe still claims to be a "Vanek Neutral."
The playoffs are coming!
Does Kuemper get a start?

Next episode on Tuesday, April 14.
Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings.

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If you have questions or comments on the Wild for us to share on the show tweet using hashtag #sotsohpod.  Follow Justin at @sotsohockeyjj and Joe @sotsohockeyjoe.

31 March 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 3 - Symphony Of Destruction

Welcome to Episode 3 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
MP3 hosted at sotohockey.com and embedded below.

64 minutes of fan-centric Wild Talk!

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We didn't mean to call Stastny walking "a trade," our bad.
Joe drops a change of opinion on Vanek.
Excited the playoffs are coming soon.
Wild perfect week in review, guess where we give the credit?
Brodziak v Phaneuf, been out since.
Wild play well against Toronto, but Leafs make it interesting.
Isles run over the Wild, but still get a result.
We're both dads!
Joe wants one more visit to Uniondale for the Wild.
Ugh, why did they change the name of the Atlantic division to the Metropolitan?
Justin rips on Tavares' shootout attempt.
Revisiting Joe's idea to add a chaser to the shootout.
"Wire to wire" over Calgary.
Quick pulled despite good effort.
Winnipeg gets jobbed by the refs against Chicago, Justin actually feels bad. (Grantland)
Wild playoff probabilities. (SportsClubStats)
Justin mentions the Swarm.
Who's in the playoffs so far?
Pre-recorded, we're doing it wrong.
Three Stars of the week, nobody's going to be surprised about #1.
Many Honorable Mentions.
Listener Tweets.
Most favorable opponents.
Joe hates NBC Sports, Justin hates ESPN. Battle Royale this summer.
World Cup of Hockey is in 2016. (nhl.com)
Why is the playoff format so complicated?
Sean McIndoe is still right about the flaw in the Wild Card playoff format. (Grantland)
Many of Justin's old posts on realignment (SOTSOH Blog Archive)
Tough schedule (@angelbear82711)
Justin and Joe aren't always always on the same page.  Justin actually thinks Wild at Braemar is a good idea.
Justin admits his love for Billy Joel, Joe is non-plussed.
Agree on a spelling for Dubnyk. (@uncanny_megan@rebeccatherine, @DrainScott)  You will have to download to get the answer.  Or wait until we start tweeting on Thursday.
Justin likes many goalies.
Weekly predictions. (No agreement on either game.)
Rangers wrecked Kuemper's year.
Joe and Justin disagree about Fontaine hit being a headshot.  Justin revisits Ballard hit.
Joe revisits the trade deadline acquisitions one month later.
Joe doesn't notice Justin's tweets always, but it's okay.
Early talk of next year.  (The Fourth Period)
Justin hates Cooke.

Next episode on Monday, April 6.
Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings.

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23 March 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 2 - Charlie O'Coyle

Welcome to Episode 2 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
MP3 hosted at sotohockey.com and embedded below.

50% bigger than last week's podcast, Packed with talk of the week that was, the week to be, listener tweets AND SO MUCH MORE!

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Yay to the Gopher Women's Hockey Team.
Dumba finishes off the Preds.
Washington loss is not Dubnyk's fault.
Stewart's great goal starts the onslaught over St. Louis
Listen to Justin surf the internet. (NHL Numbers)
We miss Josh Harding.
Dubnyk wants to stay. (Russo Star Tribune)
Justin still thinks the Blues are good.
Joe fears the Ducks the most.
Standings Update (SportsClubStats.com, NHL.com)
Justin and Joe are ticket buying fans.  (SOTSOHockey archive)
Three Stars (Justin totally meant to say "Washington" when he said "Vancouver")
Joe likes Dumba's funny Instagram.  (Instagram: matt.dumba)
We Still Love Dubnyk!
Remembering the first game against the Islanders. (Somehow this didn't turn into a huge rant against the Department of Ignoring Player Safety, Maybe next time)
#sotsohpod tweets. (@DrainScott, @DrainScott, @uncanny_megan, @TonyWiseau)
How good was Suter on the game winner against Nashville?
For the second time in two weeks, Justin totally rants against an entire fanbase.
Justin is a standings purist, hates shootouts, like new OT proposal a little bit.
Justin and Joe almost argue about ESPN and hockey.
Justin should be commissioner.
Joe and Justin are opposites on the proposed faceoff change.
Joe talks about playing right D as a Lefty while discussing Brodin's side switch.
Justin's thoughts on plus-minus.
Joe gets his dig in on Vanek.
Justin totally misreads Tony's tweet.
Previews and predictions.
Justin loves @downgoesbrown. (Twitter: @downgoesbrown)
Mrs. SOTSOH's (JJ) favorite players.
Justin admits to changing the channel to "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" last time the Wild played the Kings. (IMDB: "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles")
Joe and Justin are worried about being kicked out of the arena against certain opponents.
Will Dubnyk get a rest?

Most new episodes on Tuesday mornings.

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17 March 2015

SOTSO Hockey Podcast! - Episode 1 - Dooooob!

Welcome to Episode 1 of the State of the State of Hockey podcast.
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Wild trounce Jersey
Fall short against Anaheim
Dumba's on the Power Play
Wild defeat St. Louis with Dubnyk
sportsclubstats.com update.
Playoff Picture
Three Stars
Dubnyk Contract
Justin hates the Avs
Predictions for the week
Joe has something to say about Stoner
Prosser out
Carter and Scandella back
Talk with us on the Tweety-box

New episodes will post on Tuesday mornings most weeks.

However, Episode 2 drops the morning of Monday, 22 March, ahead of that evening's game against Toronto. Download again :).

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16 March 2015

State of the State of Hockey Podcast Debut

After nearly two years of dormancy, it's time to announce the State of the State of Hockey (SOTSOHockey) blog is making a comeback with a weekly podcast, with a debut on Tuesday, March 17.  Look for it at youtube.com/sotsohockey.

The podcast will feature Justin Jelinek and Joe Hayford in what should prove to be a fun and interesting 30 minute-ish weekly dose of hockey banter from two passionate Minnesota Wild fans.

Host: Justin Jelinek

A database developer residing in Apple Valley, MN, Justin's earliest memories of hockey fandom relate to the Minnesota North Stars Stanley Cup run in 1992.  The North Stars will leave Minnesota in 1993, which by coincidence is when Justin's family also left the state for the south.  In addition to the Twin Cities area, Justin has also lived in Wake Forest, NC, Cokato, MN, Sheboygan, WI, and attended college in Winona, MN at Winona State University.  At Sheboygan North High School, Justin was involved in WSHS radio and continued with KQAL radio at Winona State University before graduating in 2007.  Justin returned to the Twin Cities area after leaving Winona and would also later earn a second bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University in 2011 before beginning his software career :).

After losing the North Stars, Justin adopted as temporary favorite teams the ECHL's Raleigh IceCaps during his stay in North Carolina and the Milwaukee Admirals of the IHL/AHL during his stay in Wisconsin.  However, rooting interest in the Minnesota Wild has been constant since day one of the current franchise.  Justin had been the sole writer on State of the State of Hockey from 2008-2013, and occasionally included on Yahoo! Puck Daddy's "Puck Headlines" feature.

Co-Host: Joe Hayford

Born and raised in the State of Hockey, and currently residing in Hopkins, MN, Joe does not find it hard to take to the sport.  "It's a sport that draws you in and becomes pure unadulterated obsession" as he describes it.  In addition to his passion, Joe also like to bring a heavy dose of stats to his analysis of the coolest game on earth.

Exited to join the State of the State of Hockey team, Joe plans to act as "statistical juggernaut, cheerleader, rube, and unfortunately at times, grief counselor."

Before joining State of the State of Hockey, Joe writes about the Wild at "TwinTitanBlogs."

Producer: Andrew Carlson

Originally from Rushford, MN, Andy Carlson has been a lifelong Vikings and Twins fan.  Andy played High School football with Rushford-Peterson in high school and part of the 1A State Championship team in 2002.

Andy currently is the host of the PurpleFTW podcast, co-host of the Andy Must Di podcast, and host and producer of the Football Convos podcast.

We are excited to bring State of the State of Hockey under Andy's umbrella.