Martin Brodeur Gets The Bittersweet Goodbye Nobody Wanted

Martin Brodeur's 688th win capped a celebratory and mournful night in Newark, as fans sent off the face of their franchise with a tentative goodbye. Unlike Teemu Selanne, who was in a situation where he could run up the odometer and exit at a time of his own choosing, Brodeur may have just run out of gas before he was… » 4/14/14 10:37am Monday 10:37am

Justin Johnson Fights The Much Larger John Scott, And Wins

I went to a couple of Manchester Monarchs games while Justin Johnson was on the AHL squad. He was proficient at pummeling dudes, racking up 11 points and 392 penalty minutes in 103 games with Manchester. The Islanders called him up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, presumably to do similar tasks for them. » 4/14/14 12:50am Monday 12:50am

If You Want To Be A Pro Soccer Player, It Helps To Be Born In January

You've probably heard the Malcolm Gladwell spiel about Canadian hockey players—namely, that a massive number of them are born in January. As it turns out, this isn't just a hockey thing. Scraping birthdays from transfermarkt.de, David Bauer has found a very similar effect among professional soccer players, displayed in … » 4/11/14 6:22pm Friday 6:22pm

Jaroslav Halak Doesn't Want To Face His Old Team

Tonight's Caps-Blues game sees a matchup between the West's best team and a club that's all but eliminated from playoff contention, one notable only for Washington goalie Jaroslav Halak's first chance to face his former team since being moved at the trade deadline. Except—Halak apparently wants no part of the Blues. » 4/08/14 3:52pm 4/08/14 3:52pm

The Maple Leafs' Collapse Is A Victory For Rationality

Statistics, like any science, are functionally useless unless they can be tested. The 2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs season may have been the single best test case so far for the first wave of hockey's advanced metrics—and it resulted in a rousing defeat for both the Leafs and those pundits stubbornly unwilling to look… » 4/07/14 1:44pm 4/07/14 1:44pm