NHL 11 demo: A brief review, system comparison

A few days ago, I downloaded the NHL 11 demo on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms. Much like Pro Hockey Talk did earlier today, I would like to share some thoughts on the game. Immediately, I was impressed by the intro and the cleaner interface. The new faceoff engine is a nice feature and there is much greater detail to the players in the circle now. I broke about five or six total sticks during the handful of times I played the demo. Three times came during one game but none lead to any scoring chances. Seeing the …

The current and future states of Flyers’ goaltending

Justin Goldman runs the site The Goalie Guild and is a goalie scout. He began playing hockey at the age of 10 but passed up the opportunity to play juniors to attended Colorado State University. He has written about goalies on a number of different sites over the last three years and has recently been working on different project with Dallas Stars goalie coach Mike Valley and former NHL goalie Steve Shields. He credits Valley and Shields with helping his professional development. If you are one of the 2,000+ people who follow Justin on Twitter, you know that he has …

How many points will Ville Leino have next season?

Ville Leino made significant contributions to the Flyers offense when he got his opportunity in the playoffs. Though he gelled instantly with linemates Scott Hartnell and Daniel Briere, Leino remained snake-bitten during the regular season and was often a healthy scratch. How will he fare next season?

Are the Flyers a better team?

This question was recently asked on the Flyers Forum and, admittedly, it caught me off guard. For all of the knee-jerk reactions we are accustomed to giving as fans of Philadelphia sports teams, I had a hard time saying no to this question. I wanted to lash out about how management backed themselves into a corner with the cap and it forced them to trade the beloved Simon Gagne for garbage, or about the illogical acquisition of overpaid defender, Andrej Meszaros, while plenty of good free agent defenders were available. I had a million reasons to complain about how I …