Probably a dead horse, but Rinkside View SUCKS!!!!!
I have really had it with this garbage.
Angles are terrible.
You cannot see the plays develop.
Camera operators cannot follow the puck, neither can we.
There was one play, and I don't remember who the players were, but it might have been Calder and Brown. One of them passed the puck across the slot to the other who missed the net and you had no idea because the camera was still trying to find the puck. Any sort of a back door play like that just looks ridiculous with these angles because you have no shot of seeing it developing.
Another one was the questionable offsides call against Calder late in the 3rd. Kyle seemed to think he was onside bet we'll never know because you can't see important things like offsides from behind the net.
There was another offside in I believe the second where Kopi was offside and you couldn't even see him in the shot.
The play where Simmonds almost put the puck in and then Zeus had a chance to possibly stuff it in was a great play, but because of that angle you couldn't even see Zeus until after the play was over.
When they try to show goal mouth scrambles from a camera at center ice it is 100% impossible to see where the puck is (not even approximately) or to see the puck possibly go in the net because there are a pile of bodies between you and the puck all blocking the view.
I can't believe the NHL let's them do this since they depend greatly on TV replays on goal disputes. There is no camera that would show a conclusive angle if there was a "Stick above the crossbar" dispute, save the one at the other end of the rink, but how good can that be from 200ft.? I don't think it would be good enough but I could be wrong.
Somebody with some inside has got to tell FSN to give it up. It does not work. I asked Rich Hammond during his live chat tonight and he said and I quote... "I agree, it is pretty amazing that Fox doesn't listen to the will of its fans. There aren't enough hockey fans to begin with, an they're alienating a good percentage of them."
I find it OK in small doses. But I hate the fact that, when the play moves abruptly from the defensive zone to the offensive zone, I have to wait five seconds to find out whether the Kings have a breakaway or a 2-on-2.
I don't think it would be too bad if they could mix some of the angles into the standard telecast. Some of the angles I like but others are horrible. The worst has to be the one right behind the net it's just a blind shot and you can't see anything.