In 1994 there was a hockey lockout and pushed the NHL season start to January 20th. IF we get a season, we're probably looking at a similar timeline, with something that:
Starts: Jan 20th
Ends: early May
# Games: 48
What else do we know about the 1994-1995 season:
1. Regular-season games would be limited to intra-conference play (Eastern Conference teams did not play Western Conference teams).
Well, how about that?
Happen again? It was Bettman running the league last time... I'd have to say it goes again.
Each team has 4 other division rivals (x 4 games each) = 16 games.
And then there are 10 other conference rivals (x 3 games each) = 30 games.
46 games maybe?
What kind of impact would this have on players?
Who does this benefit in the West? It feels like there is less offensive-talent in the West - so I'm thinking this really benefits goalies: Quick, Rinne, etc...
Who does this benefit in the East? With all the Eastern super-talents, I'm thinking the goalies could be in for some rough stats: do we downgrade Lundqvist, Bryz, Rask, Miller?
Or will Rask & Miller's stats be better with a more Northeast Division concentrated load?
2. In 1994-1995, a few young players emerged into the top scorers:
The young Legion of Doom line formed and exploded with all of Lindros/Renberg/Leclair finishing top 10 in points. Other players in their 20s also dominated the scoring: Jagr (PIT), Sakic (QUE), Zhamnov (WPG).
It's very possible those young Oilers completely explode this year as the new Legion of Doom: 2013 post-lockout edition. And of course, Crosby & Malkin & Stamkos are the Jagrs and Sakics... but who is 2013's Zhamnov? The guy that plays on a line with Tkachuk & Selanne?
3. The top two goaltenders were Dominik Hasek and Jim Carey(!?). Hasek was in his 3rd year with Buffalo... Carey had played 55 games in the AHL that year for the Portland Pirates and made the incredible Calder jump to the Caps! Who are 2013's version of this? Devan Dubnyk and Jakob Markstrom?
Have some fun... what do us "old-timers" remember about that lockout and the players that did the best coming out of it?