NHL Blog Beat – February 3, 2014

The best and worst things about outdoor NHL games, plus commentaries on Ryan Callahan, Thomas Vanek, the Canucks, Canadiens, advanced stats and much more.

There are good and bad sides to staging outdoor games.

There are good and bad sides to staging outdoor games.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Walter McLaughlin lists the five best and worst things about the NHL outdoor games while Darren Matte wonders if Jhonas Enroth is truly ready to become the Buffalo Sabres’ starting goalie.

BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato doubts the Rangers will ship Ryan Callahan to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

EYE ON ISLES: Andy Graziano believes Thomas Vanek ultimately controls his future with the Islanders.

GOLBEZ’S GROWLINGS: Jes Golbez views the Canucks as lame ducks.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire wonders why Canadiens coach Michel Therrien changed the team’s system.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Should the Oilers spend or save between the pipes?

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: A plea for both sides of the analytics debate to cease their warring.

WINGED PRIDE: Why stats betray us.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Jacob Trouba is your fantasy hockey “Geek of the Week”.