Author: Darren Barnes

The Story of the NHL: Three well known but not legendary players and their influence on the game we love

July 15, 2018

Influence is not the same as greatness.  Sometimes the two concepts reside in the same entity, but that’s not the case in most circumstances.  Here’s a couple parallels from other entertainment genres.   Blade Runner (1982)  I am not a fan of Blade Runner.  It’s glacially paced and doesn’t tell a compelling story (according to […]

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Ok St. Louis Blues, make me a believer.

July 8, 2018

(Photo Credit: Associated Press) Dad Joke time! I broke up with my girlfriend, she said it was because of my obsession with the Monkees. At first I thought she was kidding. And then I saw her face…!   I’m way more “Bear-ish” on the Blues than the other Blues Rants contributors. There’s no doubt that […]

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Ridiculous Hypotheticals part one: Would Gretzky be Gretzky in 2018?

July 1, 2018

(Photo Credit: Glenn Cratty / Allsport) Here’s a couple fun factoids about Wayne Gretzky. The instant his brother Brent stepped on the ice for his 1st shift with Tampa Bay in 1993, the Gretzky’s became the #1 all-time NHL brother scoring duo.   Easily out scoring Bobby/Dennis Hull and Peter/Anton Stastny. Take this to a family […]

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Who really won the Brayden Schenn trade?

June 12, 2018

 (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Nearly an entire year since the Flyers traded Schenn to the Blues for Lehtera, a 2017 1st round pick (Morgan Frost) and a 2018 pick. The Blues fans’ social media narrative for the first couple months was “Tee hee!  Lehtera for Schenn SUCKERS”. Then when the Blues traded Stastny and looked […]

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Chemical Engineering in My Hockey Stats? It’s More Likely than You think!

April 15, 2018

(Photo Credit: Getty Images) This will get to hockey, I promise. Remember high school chemistry?  The Ideal Gas Law PV = nRT (piv-nert)?  In the 1800s Boyle, Charles and Avogadro observed gases under laboratory conditions and figured out that pressure (P), volume (V), temperature (T) and the amount of molecules in the system (n) all […]

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Is Gutless a Euphemism for ‘Not Good Enough’?

April 10, 2018

(Photo Credit: Getty Images) The Blues missed the playoffs by a point. There are literally dozens of things that are worth a point. The three biggest (imo) are forward depth, goaltending, and coaching. Forward Depth The forward corps never recovered from losing David Perron to Vegas and Robby Fabbri‘s injury.  This is confounding because there was […]

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For the love of Brendan Shanahan, don’t build your team through free agency

April 3, 2018

(Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke) John Tavares is almost certainly going to sign with a new team. The Islanders consistently are missing something to make them good, whether its defense or goal tending or forward depth or whatever. They’ve been that way for JT’s entire career. They’re the secondary team in the market (think White […]

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Full Frontal Nerdity : faceoffhockeygame.com – a shameless plug for a computer simulation game

March 27, 2018

You may think you’re a stats nerd. You may think you’re a fantasy nerd. Hold my slide rule. A Brief History Faceoff  (FoH) was originally a card and dice game made in 1974, created by Bob Frost.   In the flavor of Strat-O-Matic baseball, it tries to recreate a players seasonal stats; the ultimate goal is/was […]

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Beer and Tacos: How (Interested) Fans Should Watch Games in the Era of Possession Stats

March 20, 2018

Photo Credits: Mark Buckner/Getty Images) Several years ago I was listening to Bernie Miklasz interview Joe Sheehan of the Baseball Prospectus.  Joe said something that stuck with me (paraphrased): “Statistical analysis versus scouting is a beer and tacos argument.  You are asking me to choose between beer and tacos when both are delicious” This article […]

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Late First Round Draft Picks and Managing Your Draft Expectations

March 13, 2018

(PhotoCredit: Jeff Curry-USAToday) I attended the 1996 draft held in St. Louis and watched Marty Reasoner‘s selection. He spent parts of three seasons with the Blues before he was traded to Edmonton for Doug Weight. Marty never scored more than 14 goals and 34 points in a season. He didn’t score 100 career goals, 300 […]

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