Ducks vs Penguins: Week 16's prediction for the Stanley Cup

16 weeks into the season, plenty of teams are starting to reach 50 games played. The Atlantic and Central Divisions are still in play. Aside from Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Division is still very topsy-turvy. The Pacific Division is fairly well-spaced, though Anaheim still hasn’t gotten a very significant lead over Chicago for the West title. Even with the playoff picture starting to come into view, virtually everything is very much up for grabs, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, January 22 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 16 »

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Red Hot Brad Marchand Carrying Bruins

January 20, 2014 at 9:34pm in Bruins, Featured
Brad Marchand, Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

Consistency has been a problem for the Boston Bruins as of late. Every win seems to be followed by a loss and the best they’ve been able to do in the past month is a three game winning streak. Sure the team has been battling injuries at the defensive position but the road ahead isn’t getting any easier. Coming off a good 4-2 win in Dallas on Thursday, the Bruins had a tough back-to-back against Western Conference stalwarts.

Sunday vs. Blackhawks

The Bruins went into Chicago looking to avenge their Stanley Cup loss from a season ago only to come away disappointed again.

As was expected from two of the best teams in the NHL the game was a battle from start to finish. Continue reading Red Hot Brad Marchand Carrying Bruins »

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Ducks vs Penguins: Week 15's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Now into the second half of the season, teams are officially starting to run out of time to make moves. Still, many teams are still alive, especially in the jam-packed Wildcard race in the East. Last season’s Stanley Cup Finalists are barely holding onto leads in their divisions, while Pittsburgh and Anaheim are still going strong. It’s an exciting time with teams trying to make their last runs before Sochi, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, January 15, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 15 »

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Ducks vs Penguins: Week 14's prediction for the Stanley Cup

14 weeks into the season, and all teams have played more than half their games. The race in the East has gotten quite cluttered for the final spots, while Minnesota is still poking their nose around the playoff race. The Central and Atlantic Divisions are still close at the top. It will be a tough time for contending teams while getting their players ready for the Winter Olympics, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, January 8, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 14 »

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Niklas Svedberg earned his first win in his NHL debut on Jan. 2, 2014, Steve Babineau/NHLI.Getty Images

The Boston Bruins were able to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season by holding off the Nashville Predators Thursday night in overtime. Boston has been struggling with injuries as of late, which helped contribute to the two-game losing streak that carried them into their game on Thursday night against Nashville.

Then, the Bruins scored their second straight win Saturday with a 4-1 Saturday night over the Jets.

Injury update

The Bruins were aided by the return of Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg to the lineup. Hamilton had missed 10 games with a lower body injury and Soderberg two with concussion like symptoms. Continue reading Fresh Face gets Bruins back to Winning Ways »

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Ducks vs Penguins: Week 13's prediction for the Stanley Cup

The season is about half over now, and while the probable division winners have made themselves known, the rest of the seeding is easily up for grabs. Below Pittsburgh, the Metropolitan Division is wide open. Similarly, the Pacific Division is available from #2-#4, and Montreal and Tampa are fighting for home rink advantage in the first round. Much is still going on, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, January 1 at 10:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 13 »

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Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. Two simultaneous explosions ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch the world famous race.  REUTERS/Dan Lampariello  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY ) MANDATORY CREDIT - RTXYN2E

It was one of the most difficult days our society had in some time. On April 15, two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264. The city, nation and world were rocked, but the spirit and determination of Boston and those willing to help brought normalcy back to Boston more quickly than otherwise would have been possible.

As is often the case, sports helped the city to persevere through tough times. The Red Sox played their first game after the bombings on Saturday, April 20, after Friday’s game was postponed due to the city-wide manhunt for the suspects. David Ortiz delivered an emotional speech before the game, a 4-3 victory over Kansas City, and became a leading figurehead in the team’s World Series championship.
Continue reading 2013 SoB Story of the Year: Boston Marathon Bombings »

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