The Definitive NHL Jersey Rankings

Written by Ted Thornton on .

My fаvоrіtе аmоng hockey соllесtіblеѕ іѕ vіntаgе NHL jеrѕеуѕ аnd I'm not thе оnlу fan that thіnkѕ the jerseys looked better іn thе past. Lаtеlу wе have also ѕееn аn uрѕwіng in thе hосkеу jеrѕеу and NHL соllесtіblеѕ industry аnd уоu tоо can turn bасk the tіmе with vіntаgе hосkеу jerseys. Vintage hockey аnd NHL jеrѕеуѕ are аll the rage асrоѕѕ the Unіtеd Stаtеѕ and Cаnаdа thеѕе dауѕ. And not only аrе thеу popular, they аrе bіg business too, almost as big as NHL betting odds.  When уоu gо tо thе top vіntаgе hосkеу and NHL jеrѕеу ѕtоrеѕ in the bіg hосkеу сіtіеѕ аnd cool mаllѕ іn оthеr рlасеѕ іn North America, уоu see people рауіng big buсkѕ for vіntаgе hockey jеrѕеуѕ.

I саn't ѕау thаt hосkеу was better back thеn, but it sure wаѕ ѕоmеthіng ѕресіаl аbоut thоѕе оld days оf thе Nаtіоnаl Hосkеу League. Many fаnѕ dо agree wіth mе оn thаt оnе But I guеѕѕ thаt'ѕ thе thіng thоugh. Thеѕе vintage NHL hосkеу jеrѕеуѕ аrе nоt juѕt сlоthіng.

Thеу аrе artifacts frоm a lоng gone еrа, whеn аll оf оur hосkеу hеrоеѕ wеrе still іn thе lеаguе for the fun оf рlауіng ісе hockey. Yоu didn't have tо wоrrу about guуѕ sitting оut a ѕеаѕоn juѕt because he dіdn't thіnk hіѕ раусhесk wаѕ big enough. You didn't have tо wоndеr іf thе lеаguе wаѕ gоіng to lock thе players out аnd tаkе thе fun away from uѕ fаnѕ. And уоu еѕресіаllу dіdn't hаvе tо wonder whеthеr thе hосkеу arenas were targets for a tеrrоrіѕt аttасk оr not.

Thеѕе vіntаgе jеrѕеуѕ аrе gems frоm thіѕ рurе аnd innocent раѕt іn ісе hосkеу аnd the Nаtіоnаl Hосkеу Lеаguе. Thеу are heartwarming аnd соmfоrtіng, (mostly) bесаuѕе the rіnkѕ wеrеn't аѕ warm back thеn.

I actually also thіnk thаt many оf tоdау'ѕ рlауеrѕ wоuld аgrее thаt vіntаgе hосkеу аnd NHL jеrѕеуѕ would lооk darn gооd оn them аѕ wеll, just аѕ thеу lооkеd оn рrеvіоuѕ рlауеr. Thе whоlе thіng аbоut vіntаgе hосkеу jеrѕеуѕ is оnе bіg fаѕhіоn ѕtаtеmеnt in thе ісе hосkеу scene. Thеу hаvе dоnе the classic green North Stars hосkеу jеrѕеу nоt to rеlіvе thе glоrу dауѕ оf the NHL, but because thе jеrѕеу looks ѕlісk. Thеу thrоw оn thе blue and whіtе Nеw Yоrk Rangers jеrѕеу frоm thе old days not tо сеlеbrаtе thоѕе аwеѕоmе teams, but bесаuѕе they just dоn't make jerseys lіkе thаt nоw.

Hоw саn you gеt into this асtіоn? Eіthеr hіt local ѕtоrеѕ to fіnd vіntаgе hосkеу аnd NHL jеrѕеуѕ rеѕеllеrѕ. Or vіѕіt on lіnе ѕіtеѕ for аuсtіоnѕ аnd sales оf уоur fаvоrіtе tеаmѕ, players, аnd уеаrѕ.

Thе bеѕt place аnd thе first рlасе I would gо lооkіng іѕ еBау. This is where most реорlе gо tо gеt thеіr hаndѕ оn vintage hockey jerseys tоdау. But, be forewarned: аuthеntіс vіntаgе hockey jеrѕеуѕ саn соѕt a dіmе оr twо. That's what happens whеn sports ѕtаrѕ buy thеm up and drіvе up demand.

But when you throw on оnе аt your fаvоrіtе NHL or оthеr hосkеу event оr on a dаtе, you'll fееl like tеn times whаt you spent. And whо doesn't wаnt tо fееl thаt way? 


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Know the Trends on Sports Betting and Win the Game

Written by Tom Mendelsen on .

In the sports world, you have perhaps heard an idiom that your best friend is only a trend. The same thing may be said in the case of sports betting. Betting trends are the major and effective tool to most of the players. However, you may realize the truth only when you have knowledge on that trend. So, you need to know what is signified by this trend and the way of applying this trend. Some of the sports gamblers try to get a trend, which denotes a negative or a positive condition of a team. But, this is not a good idea. A trend is able to improve a complete approach in order to suit the analysis.


The trends on sports betting are of various types

Situational- Though any sport involves some metrics along with trends, there’re few themes, which are same for almost all the sports. The situational trend is very common and popular trend, which determines the performance of a team.

Technical- This trend also decides on the performance level of all teams. Many of the betting professionals divide the teams or groups with the use of some criteria.

Trends on betting information or data

These trends include data, which calculates the pattern of betting on each of the games. The observation of data on betting trends is a very important tool, applied by most of the proficient handicappers for getting a value in the market of sports stake. You may make out the team that is chased by the majority of public.

The strategies applied for winning the sports betting

Contrarian betting

The basic idea behind it is to gamble in opposition to the public. If the public has gone for a specific team, you need to move towards the other way. The huge entry of public cash causes the gambling market to take action unreasonably, and you may often have additional one or two points for your stake. Contrarian betting is found to be highly advantageous approach while you are dealing with sports investment. Many of the investors have observed that such tool has been much helpful in case of the big games.

Smart Money-

This is popularly known as the Reverse Line Movement, and this is one of the modern, innovative betting signals. This strategy is based on alert, which is activated in an automatic way, while the line for gambling shifts in a direction, contrary of the percentages of betting. You may apply your database about the percentage of betting. This kind of line has been made to allow the members in observing the movement of gambling line.

So, visit  and start betting on any sport to win the game with the above strategies.

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Passing on Pyeongchang: Making the World Cup of Hockey the sport's signature international event

Written by Mike Salerno on .

Weeks before the 2016 World Cup, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston penned a piece signaling the end of the line for Canada's "Golden Generation" amidst fears of the NHL's withdrawal from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

According to Gary Bettman, the IOC is unwilling to cover the cost of transportation, lodging and most importantly, insurance like it has for the previous five Winter Games. Sure, this may very well be the end of the line for the partnership between the NHL and International Olympic Committee. But the League and the Players' Association should look at this as an opportunity to put their own thumbprint on the sport's international competition.

The format for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is objectively awful. That's not what we're here to talk about. While it may be exciting (sort of?) to see the North American U-23 team play, we're all more or less pretending the very idea of invoking "World" in the name of the tournament, then making up two teams that are comprised of a grab-bag of stars from lesser-popular hockey nations isn't asinine. Good job on that so far, everyone.

Bickering about the format aside, the World Cup of Hockey offers opportunity for the NHL in a variety of places that the Olympics merely cannot. Let's examine them, shall we?

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35 Years Later: Debunking some myths about the 1980 Winter Olympics

Written by Mike Salerno on .


Today, USA Hockey fans celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first of seven games played by a bunch of unheralded college kids en route to a memorable gold medal that meant as much to a sputtering nation as it did to the players themselves.

Romanticized by the 2004 movie, Miracle starring Kurt Russell as the venerable Herb Brooks, the United States' 4-3 victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet Union "Red Army Team" is often misconstrued as the final game of the tournament, in which the host nation captured gold. To some who know the Americans still had to take on Finland two days later, the "Miracle on Ice" is simply known as the tournament's semifinal.

In reality, neither of these scenarios held true. Until 1992, The International Olympic Committee had a round-robin tournament format in place that was second only to the NCAA in ridiculous ways to determine a champion. In fact, the 1980 Winter Olympics might have been the most overcomplicated format we've ever seen.

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Farewell from Your Favorite Healthy Scratches

Written by Mike Salerno on .


As Green Day's version of Avril Lavigne famously sings, "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." Unfortunately, today is that end for Tonight's Healthy Scratches. With that said, we're excited to announce a new partnership with Bloguin's main hockey blog, Puck Drunk Lovewhich will begin effective immediately.

We are extremely excited about this move. While we are very loyal to and thankful for our readers here, we will be exposed to a wealth of new readers at Puck Drunk Love. We'll be posting more frequently and under the direction of managing editor David Rogers and myself in a lesser editorial role, which should drive the quality of our content through the roof. We hope you'll join us, if for no other reason than to see if I'm just blowing smoke up your ass.

Before we left in the middle of the night like the Baltimore Colts, I wanted to make sure our small, yet loyal, readership knew how much I truly appreciated their part in making this site so special to me. When we started this project 15 months ago, myself, Frank Castaldi and Brian McCormack were at different stages of our careers, and the former two were flirting with irrelevance. 

Our work here has not only been enjoyable, but it's started to pay dividends as well. We've gotten recognition from a number of reputable hockey scribes, such as Sean Gentille of The Sporting News, and Katie Baker of ESPN's Grantland. As many of you know, Brian has been working as an intern with Stan Fischler since the early summer and I've begun what I hope is the start of a long, illustrious career at ESPN. And now we both move on together from this space to a bigger stage.

You are to thank for a good chunk of that success. Your page views, your comments, your "likes" on Facebook and retweets on Twitter all kept our motor running strong enough for us to continue to churn out more content. And on a more personal note, it came at a time in my life when I needed it most. I met and became friendly with many of you since we launched, and your support means the world to me.

Also, before going, I wanted to take the time to single out a few other individuals who have contributed to our site, either directly or indirectly. Obviously Frank, one of our founding members, was terrific despite having to step aside during last year's playoff run due to personal reasons. We all enjoyed his take on the Rangers-Flyers 24/7 series and are appreciative of the work he's done here.

Christian Arnold, now of New York Hockey Journal, became an integral piece of our playoff coverage last season. We wish him all the best, especially now that he isn't freezing his face off outside the NHL offices through the middle of the night. And the next time we run a live blog, we fully expect to see him pop in and give his take on the day's events.

I also wanted to thank a few guys at Bloguin who made this site look way prettier than we ever imagined. Our CEO Ben Koo, Dave Kelsey, our Network Operations Manager, and Derek Hanson, Bloguin's President, all played crucial roles in ensuring the success of our site. I'm sure I've been a pain in their asses more than once (and will continue to be) but they've been incredibly helpful every step of the way. Thank you, gentlemen, for helping craft our vision.

We've thoroughly enjoyed bringing you our skewed take on hockey's biggest news, both on and off the ice, and sincerely hope you'll continue to follow us at PDL.

Thanks for reading. Now hey, how about a hug?


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On the Need for Power Rankings, Or Lack Thereof

Written by Mike Salerno on .

Earlier today, Adrian Dater at Sports Illustrated, released his version of the uber-ridiculous exercise in futility known as "power rankings." He conjured up quite a stir by ranking the Edmonton Oilers third, ahead of the 2012 Presidents Trophy winners, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Los Angeles Kings, who won something or other last season too.

If you're not familiar with the idea of this column, it gives writers an excuse to lazily list each team in a particular professional sports league in whatever order they see fit based essentially on any number of factors they deem relevant to their cause.

Oh you mean like standings? Well, yes. No. Kind of? Alright, not really at all. Power rankings are like standings with a poetic license. If you've got an agenda to establish, wins and losses need not apply.

One could argue that the best time (and, perhaps, only time) for such an article would be prior to any games being played. After all, how else would we ever determine who's best and who's worst without any tangible proof?

Now, this is not an indictment of Dater's character or work by any stretch. I'll leave that to the more experienced, professional trolls such as Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert. People make outlandish predictions without any consequence all the time.

And I understand that there is an editorial movement that pushes this sort of thing on its' writers, no matter how hard they may fight it. Good journalism can't change the fact that people just want to read four non-descript sentences about the teams they love, the teams they love to hate and the teams they forgot existed.

But Dater's been around for a while. If he wanted to write a calculated, intelligent column for a change, he likely would have the freedom to do so. Why not profess your penchant for Edmonton's stable of young stars by putting together a piece claiming Edmonton may very well be the favorite in the Northwest division?

A "worst-to-first" column would surely draw it's fair share of snarky comments from the peanut gallery, but at least it would be original. You could spend as many words as you saw fit gushing about Eberle's ability to score early and often, and how Justin Schultz is going to take the league by storm.

Or you could spend five listless lines justifying your aggressive gesture, jettisoning the Oilers among the league's elite. I guess that works too.

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2013 World Juniors: Red, White and Blue Collar

Written by Brian McCormack on .


This wasn't the star-studded US lineup we've seen in some other tournaments. No Chris Kreider, no Kyle Palmieri, no Emerson Etem. If you want to go further back, there weren't too many Zach Parises or Phil Kessels on this list either.

Even names that could have carried the torch offensively, like Alex Galchenyuk, ultimately weren't solely responsible for the United States' third gold medal at the World Junior Championships.

That's not how Phil Housley ran this team.

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2013 World Juniors: USA's Housley Right Man for the Job

Written by Mike Salerno on .


Three games into the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship, you wondered if Team USA would miss qualifying for the medal round for the second consecutive year. With the seventh-place finish of 2012 still reeking after back-to-back 2-1 losses to their two biggest rivals, the Americans were in playoff mode one game early.

Questions swirled. Is Phil Housley really the right guy for this job? Is he relying too much on his offensive defensemen? Is he pushing the right buttons?

Turns out those questions were a bit premature. The Americans steamrolled Slovakia to get into the medal round, then didn't let up a bit against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. A combined 16-3 score in two games? Well that certainly wasn't the offensively-starved US team we saw through three games.

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2013 World Juniors: USA-Sweden Gold Medal Game Live Blog

Written by Mike Salerno on .

Hello hockey fans and welcome to our 2013 World Junior Championship Gold Medal live-blog! If you've been following the progress of this tournament, you know that anything is possible in a one-game scenario, which makes today's matchup with the United States and Sweden so interesting.

The Americans got to the gold medal game with a surprising thrashing of the heavily-favored Canadians and have enjoyed stellar play from John Gibson throughout the tournament. Though questions about their offense lingered after consecutive 2-1 losses to Russia and Canada in the preliminary round, the United States has combined to outscore its opponents 21-4 in three games since.

Sweden returns to the gold medal game after a thrilling shootout victory over Russia in the semifinals, the same team they defeated a year ago in overtime to capture their first gold since 1982. Despite not having 2012's overtime hero Mika Zibanejad and suffering injuries to three defensemen, the Swedes are still standing and looking to repeat.

So grab some breakfast, hop on the couch and come talk hockey with your favorite healthy scratches!

2013 World Juniors: Gibson, US Stun Canada, Will Play for Gold

Written by Mike Salerno on .

Unbeatable, they said. A juggernaut, they exclaimed. Team Canada, a gross compilation of first-round picks and future stars that awaited the Americans in the semifinals, was licking their chops as they prepared to get back on the ice after a flawless record in Group A play.

But when the puck dropped on Thursday afternoon in Ufa, the Canadians were met by an American team that hardly resembled the one they beat just a few days ago. The United States clinched a spot in their third gold-medal game at the World Junior level with a resounding 5-1 victory, making a squad that was considered Canada's best roster in over a decade look like a rag-tag bunch of peewees.

John Gibson was the unsung hero in net for the Americans, as he's been for the majority of the tournament. Despite suffering two 2-1 losses in the preliminary round, Gibson's 1.51 goals against average was tops in the tournament heading into action on Thursday. The backbone of this United States squad was as strong as ever as his team built a 4-0 advantage, making key stops against J.C. Lipon and Ryan Strome on a breakaway. He made 36 saves in all.

He was finally solved early in the third period by Ty Rattie on a sloppy play by both his defensemen and the officials as the play appeared to have been blown dead after Rattie's initial shot rang off the post. But that proved to be the only time he'd be beaten despite a significant uptick in pressure applied by the Canadians.

With just under 10 minutes to go in the third period, the Canadians threw everything they could at Gibson. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tried to outwait him from 10 feet away. But he couldn't get it past Gibson's glove, who got enough of it to push the shot over the net. The Canadians fired six shots on that power play, but were turned away each time.

It wasn't just Gibson who was nearly perfect, either. While he was putting out fires in the defensive zone, the Americans strong forecheck pushed Canada back on their heels early, allowing the team's high-scoring defensemen to creep into the rush. Captain Jake McCabe struck twice, beating Malcolm Subban to the glove side as the US took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

McCabe, who was named Player of the Game, has scored two goals all season at Wisconsin. Though McCabe is known more as a conservative defenseman, he was able to find open space in the high slot because of a relentless effort around the net by the American forwards.

Early into the second period, John Gaudreau remained hot, getting his first of two goals with an absolute laser of a shot Subban never had a chance on. Gaudreau's second marker served as the ultimate extinguisher at 15:41 of the third, shutting down all hopes of a frantic Canadian comeback like a year ago. Gaudreau now has six goals in his last three games, including a hat trick in a 7-0 thumping of the Czechs in the quarterfinals.

The Americans chased Subban, instantly making him (and apparently Ryan Murphy) the scapegoat for his dilapidated defensemen, when Jim Vesey danced in and beat him to the far post to make it 4-0 with just a few minutes to go in the second period. Questions will undoubtedly swirl about if he deserves to start the bronze-medal game on Saturday, which is unfortunate for a player who was shaping up as the tournament MVP to this point.

But now, it's Gibson who's distinguished himself from the field. And it's the Americans, not the unstoppable Canadians, who will play for gold on Saturday.