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And the NHL is investigating a hot mic situation with a referee.

NHL: MAR 21 Panthers at Lightning
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 21: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) gathers himself after a big hit during the NHL Hockey match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers on March 21, 2021 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.
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The NHL is currently investigating an incident where a referee left his mic on and “explained” a penalty call that spelled out the utter convolution and distortion referees seemingly go through when calling a game.

The idea that referees “even up” penalties can be clearly found in the data. Even when one team is objectively doing more illegal things on the ice, the referees will “even up the game” by calling soft penalties for the other team. To put it plainly, that is not the referees’ job. Their job is to call the penalties that happen. All referees do this, broadcasters often try to explain away the concept of “evening up the game” even though it’s literally an example of placing their foot on the scales.

This needs to end, but I don’t know if the NHL is capable of accepting their mistake and essentially de-legitimizing the sport.

The NHL has also made convoluted changes to the Draft Lottery. Tanking is now encouraged, but also discouraged. Being bad means you can get good players, but not too good. If you get too many good players, you won’t be allowed more even if you still suck. This is dumb and no one has been a fan thus far.

The NHL has announced that the Montreal Canadiens have moved into COVID Protocol and have had their next three games up to this Sunday postponed due to an outbreak. Monday’s game against Edmonton was also postponed.

Due to their schedule, the Canadiens might not be able to finish their season by May 10th, delaying the start of the playoffs.

Yesterday was National Puppy Day and.... D’awwwwwww look at youuuuuuu!!!!! Cutieeeee!!

Not to be out-done by the dogs, here’s a couple “cool” cats?

No matter what you throw at it, life finds a way.