NHL Blog Beat – August 28, 2014

Reaction to rumors of NHL expansion and the Islanders’ prospective new owners, plus  advanced stats, why the NHL in the ’80s was so insane and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

PUCK DADDY/RAW CHARGE/SB NATION: Greg Wyshynski, Cassie McClellan and Adam Gretz weigh in on recent rumors of NHL expansion.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: BD Gallof offers up his take on the prospective sale of the New York Islanders.

NHL scoring reaches an all-time high in the 1980s.

NHL scoring reaches an all-time high in the 1980s.

THE SCORE: Justin Bourne lists three commons traits of successful neutral zone teams.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe looks at why the 1980s were such a wild time in the NHL.

THE CANNON: Jeff Little makes the case for Nick Foligno to be named Blue Jackets’ captain.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: J.D. Burke provides an informative guide on where to find advanced stats.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Shooting down some invented arguments against advanced stats.

HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Team zone entry data and predicting standings.

JAPERS’ RINK: Re-thinking zone starts.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: In the latest installment of “Getting to Know the NHL Rule Book, a look at physical fouls like boarding and charging.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Tom Collins ranks the top ten fantasy hockey sleepers for the upcoming season.