In Red Wings Land
The NHL has staged 29 outdoor games and 12 Winter Classics, but it was the massive crowd packed into “The Big House” and the Michigan weather that set the game between the Original 6 foes apart, according to NHL.com.
The temperature was 13 degrees at face-off, and it snowed. The game had a classic feel to it with the Red Wings all in red and the Leafs all in blue. Both goalies also sported old-school looking brown pads.
The 2014 Winter Classic was easily the coolest event I attended last decade. Outside of the final score, it was probably the perfect outdoor game and one that will be really hard to top in the future.
Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin and Givani Smith were your goal scorers in the 6-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Around the League
The 3-2-1 points system — three points for a regulation win, two points for a win and one point for a loss in the shootout or overtime — is the methodology championed by standings reformers. Advocates claim it would reward teams that perform best in those 60 minutes of “actual hockey” before the extra-time gimmickry of 3-on-3 and the shootout.
I’d approve if the NHL switched to a 3-2-1 point system.