It’s Christmas week this week! I decided to post this a couple days late to account for the fact that next week, I won’t be posting it at all (for one, the NHL is pretty quiet, and for two, I’m out of the city!). It was a pretty typical week in the NHL, with some noteworthy developments to keep an eye on and a certain NHL player who keeps on plowing through the record books.
Sens Cheapen Their Seats
Whether it’s in an effort to completely fill the arena, get some momentum going, or convince people that the drive to Kanata is worth it, the Senators have slashed ticket prices by 20-30% for 9 home games total throughout the rest of the season. Fluctuating pricing is certainly a simple way to get people in the seats in the middle of winter in Canada or the American north (or all year round in the American south…), and it’ll be interesting to see how well this works for a team which doesn’t normally need to resort to such gimmicks to fill seats. Story link.
Brodeur Breaks The Shutout Record
I’ve said it all already when he broke the wins record, but Martin Brodeur broke Terry Sawchuck’s shutout record of 103 by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on Monday, Dec 21. Following Brodeur’s 2-3 trampling through the record books, the end of the article says it all: “And even now, Brodeur isn’t sure if there are any more records out there for him. “I don’t know,” he said. “You guys will tell me.”” Story link.
Lose The Single Point — Farber
Michael Farber of SI.com had a good piece last week where he argued for the removal of the “loser point”, the single point losers gain when they lose a game in OT or shootout. I agree; the incentive to win one extra point must be less than the incentive to win two extra points, and if the team’s aren’t guaranteed any points at all, then hopefully we’d see fewer games ending in OT. I’d tack on a suggestion that OT should be extended to 10 minutes of sudden-death 4 on 4 (or a “silver goal” rule similar to soccer with two 5-minute OT periods) to give a greater chance of a “natural” goal winning it all, but maybe I’m just bitter with the shootout format deciding so many games. Either way, the single point should go. Story link.