In today’s special “lockout-free” collection of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Debating the “top 25 under 25″, analysis of ESPN’s first telecast of a KHL game, exploring why save percentage stats are rising, the Islanders kids aren’t kids anymore, funny hockey gifs, and a review of “Breakaway”.
BACKHAND SHELF: Ryan Lambert analyses ESPN’s first telecast of a KHL game, reserving his harshest criticism for Steve Levy and Barry Melrose, who provided play-by-play commentary and analysis.
NHLNUMBERS.COM: “Eric T” offers up reasons why save percentage for NHL goalies has been on the rise in recent years.
HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: Chris Triants examines the NY Islanders maturing youth, and what it means for the club’s immediate future.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier reviews “Breakaway”, a new book which looks back at players who defected from behind the Iron Curtain during the 1970s and 1980s to play in the NHL.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz thumbs his nose at the NHL lockout, and opts to play the cancelled opening two weeks of this season on the NHL ’94 ROM emulator! Hoo-hah!
MILE HIGH HOCKEY: Because we could all use a chuckle during the NHL lockout, enjoy these five hilarious gifs.