NLA: Swiss National League A
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Our European Hockey tour reaches the Alps today.

The NLA, the top league in Switzerland, is a favourite destination for NHL stars. Rick Nash and Joe Thornton both resigned with HC Davos, the same club they spent the 2004-05 lockout with, very early in the current lockout, and it is no surprise why, Switzerland is famous for its beautiful, majestic scenery and, how do we say, its equally beautiful residents.

The NLA is good hockey – better than one may think for a Swiss professional league. However, […]

KHL: Eastern Conference
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On Monday we took a look at the KHL Western Conference, today we look at the Eastern Conference, which many could argue is the “Star Conference”.


Ak Bars Kazan
One of the KHL teams most people outside of Russia are familiar with, Ak Bars Kazan looks to be once again of the league’s strongest clubs. Alexei Morozov is their most notable player – Morozov spent some time in the NHL with Pittsburgh about a decade ago, and he was the captain of Russia’s squad […]

NHL: Behind The Numbers – Possesion Metrics
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Traditional thinking about the game of hockey contends that it is a spontaneous, free flowing game that doesn’t lend itself well to statistical analysis. After all, there are so many variables at play: on-ice matchups, line-mates, and pure chance or “puck luck”.

There have been quantum leaps in recent years however, in our ability to measure and better understand hockey. Of course, some of these metrics are an imperfect science, but can still provide us with insight into the game that allow us to understand the numbers, […]

KHL: Western Conference
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Hi, I am Jeff. I have been writing about sports since 2006 and you may recognize me from my work on CanucksArmy, DobberHockey, and my own personal blog, Angus Certified. I am excited to join the PlayNow Sports Blog team and to share my passion for sports with you.

In my first few posts I will be previewing the upcoming hockey season, the non-NHL hockey season. Due to the NHL lockout there is some great hockey happening all over Europe, including the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in […]