The NHL will play a shorter 2020-21 season with 56 games a night instead of 13. From January 8. Can play. Everyone. Single. Nighty-night. Nighty-night.
Sometimes at night there is only one game. For example, if you would like to start on the 25th. In January, to watch an NHL game, pick the Ottawa Senators and not the Vancouver Canucks.
But on the 26th. January? Well, the buffet’s open: You can choose from 14 games, if you can afford to watch hockey outside the limited local schedule of the rights holders. If this is the case, you still need to determine which games are worth your time. Again, there are only 56 per team this season. There is literally no time to waste for uncompromising hockey.
As a public service, this is the 2020-21 NHL Vigilance Rankings, where we separate the titans from the problems, the must-haves from the twists, the avalanches from the demons.
Each team is scored from 1 to 10 in the following categories:
- Star Power: Number of straight stars or attractive players on the team.
- Side stories: Besides wanting to win, what other stories could make this team’s succession memorable?
- Impotence factor : From trade requests to treasure hunts to possible suspensions, what kind of chaos could this team cause?
- The fun factor: Entertainment value for the team.
- Aesthetics: These teams should not only be fun to watch, but also a feast for the eyes, including their reversible retro outfits.
The score is included in the overall average.
Which teams deserve your time this season?
Star Power: 10
Secondary graphic lines: 10
Contrast ratio : 9
Fun factor : 10 Aesthetics : 8
Overall reliability assessment : 47
No other NHL team generates as much excitement among fans as the Toronto Maple Leafs, including their own. You need to see the players: Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares. They have the highest seed of any team in the league, trying to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967, while their team faces a salary cap and constant pressure from the market they play in. And every Canadian team in their division wants a chance to beat them.
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Star Power: 8
Secondary graphics lines: 10
Contrast ratio : 10
Pleasantness factor : 9 Aesthetics : 8
Overall reliability assessment : 45
The NHL’s most prized soap opera. Someone who has a regular goaltender (Marc-André Fleury) whose position was taken by an acquired person at the deadline (Robin Lehner) and whose agent has a Photoshopped photo of the regular goaltender stabbed in the back with a sword bearing the name of the team’s head coach (Pete DeBoer), who previously coached the archie prefect’s goaltender before replacing the first beloved coach. And that’s just a wire! We didn’t even mention the All-Star defenseman (Alex Pietrangelo) whose huge free agent contract required the exchange of two regulars (Paul Stastny and Nate Schmidt), which was approved with the patience of a child on a long car ride by an owner who wants to win at all costs. Vegas, baby!
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