Steve Smith

Staff writer for Unbalanced and Lighthouse Hockey.

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Surprise Teams as the Calendar Flips
15 days ago
Ah, November 1. The NHL season has been under way for a few weeks, and it's been a delight as usual. Though, as there often is around this time, there are a few surprises in the standings. It's a wack...
Pittsburgh Penguins, and NHL, Reveal Unsurprising Tone-Deafness, but Players of Color Are Thankfully Speaking Out
2 months ago
On August 14, 2016, Colin Kaepernick didn't get up for the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers' first preseason game. Less than a week later, he again did not rise. He piqued the public's i...
2017-18 NHL Storylines to Watch
2 months ago
Ah, my friends, I've just finished watching the end of the Islanders-Flyers preseason game that was streamed on the Islanders' website today. I only caught the third period and overtime, but my how I ...
Which Pekka Rinne Are We Going to See Tonight?
2 months ago
My colleague Kyle Vandenberg posed an interesting query to finish his profile of Nashville’s starting goaltender before Game 5: which Pekka Rinne were we going to see that night? (Okay, he specificall...
City of Pittsburgh is Soft as Hell for Their Handling of Catfish Thrower
2 months ago
In Nashville, they throw catfish. In Detroit, the originator of this bizarre and frankly gross tradition, they throw octopuses (yes, octopuses, not octopi, look it up ya peons). In Pittsburgh, they ap...
Niskanen’s Hit on Crosby and Why We Need to Stop Discussing “Intent”
2 months ago
Early in the first period of Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby was knocked out of the game after contact was made with his head in the form of a slash from ...