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 »


If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 12

December 26, 2013 at 7:23pm in Bruins, NHL
Ducks vs Penguins: Week 12's prediction for the Stanley Cup

Three months are gone in the NHL season, and all the teams are getting some rest on the league’s Christmas vacation. Games resume Friday, and plenty of teams have a lot of work to do. Some positioning is still up for grabs, as well a few spots in the playoff standings. The top contenders are starting to make themselves known, but the middle of the pack is anyone’s game, with many teams vying for home-rink advantage. A lot is still going on despite the standings shaping up, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, December 26: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 12 »

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With 2013 almost over, it’s time to get rolling on the 2013 Sports of Boston Awards Show. Every year, the SoB staff gets together to pick the Story, Game and Player of the Year out of everything the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox have had to offer that year. This year has provided no shortage of choices for any of the categories.

The SoB staff has gathered together our nominations from the four teams combined in each of the above categories. The top five nomination getters for each category will go on a final ballot to be voted on by our staff. The winners for Story, Game and Player of the Years will be announced December 29, 30 and 31 respectively. Until then, the final ballot is below. Continue reading 2013 SoB Awards Show Nominations »


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2013 is almost over, so it’s time again for the Sports of Boston Hall of Fame induction. Every year, we pick the best former player, coach or other figure from the history of the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox, and induct them in the SoB Hall of Fame. Four times so far, a player has been inducted, and the Patriots are the only one of the four teams without an inductee in the Hall so far. That could change this season, but with all the legends from all four teams, there are many good choices.

The staff here at Sports of Boston has nominated athletes from all four teams, and the leading nomination getters from each team will be voted on by our staff in a final ballot. The inductee will be announced December 28, so come back then to find out who makes it in. Until then, our final ballot is below: Continue reading 2013 SoB Hall of Fame Nominees »