In today’s medley of notable post from the NHL blogosphere: Defending Roberto Luongo…Five reasons for the Sharks slow start…Trying to figure out what’s wrong with Rangers captain Ryan Callahan…Kari Lehtonen providing the Stars with top-notch goaltending…A look back at the week that was in the NHL…How the NBA lockout can be a golden opportunity for the NHL…Some other “notable” NHL milestones this season.

TOM BENJAMIN’S NHL BLOG: offers up a defense of Vancouver Canucks maligned goalie Roberto Luongo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those Canuckleheads still bitching about Luongo, I offer this old proverb: “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it”. I trust that doesn’t need to be explained, but if so, go back and re-read Tom’s blog.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Five reasons the San Jose Sharks have lurched out of the gate thus far, including the poor offensive numbers of Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks are too good a team to keep struggling like this, they’ll snap out of it soon enough.

BLEEDING ALL BLUE: wonders what’s wrong with team captain Ryan Callahan so far this season, acknowledging the theories he may be nursing an injury and trying to hard to play up to his new contract and responsibilities as captain, but also suggesting perhaps he’s changing his style to avoid getting injured again.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting thought about his changing his style. Eventually, though, I suspect we’ll see Callahan settle back into his usual aggressive, physical style. 

Will Lehtonen finally reach his potential?

DEFENDING BIG D: Kari Lehtonen is playing up to his potential as an elite goaltender, as well as carrying the Stars to a strong start to the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lehtonen has always had elite potential but numerous injuries have constantly held him back. If he can stay healthy this season, he may finally be ready to join the league’s top goalies.

GRANTLAND.COM: Kate Baker looks back at the NHL week that was, including the endless battle over hockey fights.

ARMCHAIR HOCKEY: Jason Chen believes the NBA lockout could provide the NHL with a golden opportunity, not to win over NBA fans, but instead to win over pundits like Bill Simmons, who isn’t “a hockey guy” but has opted to follow the LA Kings while the NBA lockout goes on, which might help improve – even if only marginally – NHL attendance.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Chen’s take on this. If the NBA lockout can get more American sports pundits who usually don’t cover the NHL to do so more often, that can only be good news for the NHL.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Presents some other “notable” NHL milestones and records for this season.

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One Response to Hockey Blog Beat – October 21, 2011.

  1. gravitymike says:

    The NBA lockout also helps in one other area. ESPN (in the US) will eventually have to mention the NHL at least once a week.

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