Bob and Dan are back to discuss the current state of the Eastern Conference including: TBL, CBJ, TOR, NJD, CAR. Plus, Potent Potables Lagunitas Imperial Stout, and the Subban Brothers square off in a #HockeyBros matchup!
Bob and Dan are back from a long “sabbatical” and can’t wait to get back into talking hockey! We talk about our life changes, and adapting to our new role as a new dad and and expectant dad. Then, we dive into an exhaustive Western Conference round-up…which teams surprise us, which are overperforming, which are underperforming, and more! Bob and Dan disagree on whether the Vegas Golden Knights are for real, and just how much trouble the Minnesota Wild are in.
Bob and Dan discuss the call-ups of Alex Stalock and Joel Eriksson-Ek, and whether the Wild’s game against the Senators was a slump buster. Then, the guys are joined by Giles and Ben from the GaTG podcast to talk potential playoff matchups and what the heck might be going on with Devan Dubnyk.
Bob and Dan discuss all things hockey video games in this episode! What are their favorite titles of all time, who likes arcade vs simulation games, and some new or upcoming titles are discussed.
Bob and Dan talk about the Wild-Capitals matchup, then discuss Surdyk’s making their own laws. Then, they play the somewhat ill-fated Pi Day Jersey Number game, and set up for the Staal Brothers Drinking Game (TM)!
Bob and Dan discuss the Wild’s recent struggles, and whether fans should be worried about the Blackhawks re-taking the Central division. Then, the guys argue about whether the Wild are a ‘physical’ team…and what the heck does that even mean anyway. Plus, Mikael Granlund’s continued success, and THE MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT!!
Bob is joined by Micah McCurdy from hockeyviz.com to talk about his work in visualizing hockey analytics, his process for creating new work, the future of fancy stats, and the unique space that Micah occupies in turning his hobby into his primary source of income.
Bob and Dan run down the hockey birthdays, then discuss Marco Scandella’s difficulties this year and spend way too much time comparing craft beer and hard cider. When the guys find their way out of the beer/cider tangent, they talk about their personalities and how that leads Bob to stick with analytics. This leads to a discussion of game score, and Bob’s recent post on hat trick game score leaders. Finally, they give a shout out to NHL ref Wes McCauley and his dramatic calls.
Bob and Dan talk about the recent news for the Minnesota Wild, plus the advantages of managing a team while in first place, Alex Tuch getting a cuppa coffee in the league, Jason Pominville’s resurgence, Coyle’s move to center, and more!
Bob and Dan talk about the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative, and why they are a little bit conflicted about whether it’s a real step toward inclusivity or just a PR campaign. Then, they discuss the firing of Ken Hitchcock and promotion of Mike Yeo, plus the call-up of Alex Tuch, Charlie Coyle’s struggles, Jason Zucker’s trash talk, and Mikael Granlund’s not wanting to talk about being moved from center to wing.