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The Stanley Cup Finals are over, and the Kings are the World Champions for the second time in three seasons. And what better way to clinch it than with a double overtime comeback? And that made three overtime games of five in the Finals, two of which were double overtime. Justin Williams skated off with the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoffs MVP, after getting nine goals and sixteen assists through all four rounds.

With many of experts picking the Kings to win, there wasn’t much room for improvement. But it was close, with four possible winners coming into the round. So what did it all mean for our contest? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 NHL Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup Results »

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Patrick Marleau (thehockeywriters.com)

With the salary cap going up, major talent hitting Free Agency, and super star players demanding a trade, this off-season promises to be an interesting one. With rumors recently coming up, it seems as though Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli is already discussing major moves for the Black and Gold.

According to Jimmy Murphy of XNSPorts, the Bruins and Sharks have discussed a possible trade involving pesky winger Brad Marchand and veteran scorer Patrick Marleau. He said no details regarding the specifics of the trade have been talked about yet, but that this is definitely something worth monitoring. Continue reading Bruins, Sharks Discussing Marchand-Marleau Trade, Report Says »

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The Bruins Merlot Line (bruins.NHL.com)

One of the pride points for the Boston Bruins over the last several years has been the depth of their offense and their ability to roll four lines every night. The effectiveness of their fourth line, fondly nicknamed the “Merlot” line, has been a thorn in the side of just about every time they play.

For about three years now, the line consisting of Gregory Campbell, Dan Paille, and Shawn Thornton has earned their ice time by playing simple hockey: getting the puck deep, playing physical, and creating offensive zone face-offs. Simply put, these guys are “heart and soul” types, blue collar everymen who put their bodies on the line for the teammates and have a blast doing it. Continue reading Bruins Need to Look for Shawn Thornton’s Replacement »

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Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist will lead powerful defenses into what should be a great Finals. (http://www.nhlsnipers.com/)

The Stanley Cup Finals are here. The Kings look to repeat their success in recent years, while the Rangers haven’t been to the Finals since 1994 (a win over Vancouver). Still, with goalies like these two have, anything is possible. But each side also has some pop on offense as well. It’ll be a fun series, that’s for sure.

Just in time for the Finals, our Pick ‘Em features a new scoring category: picking who will end up as Playoff MVP when all is said and done. And in addition, all point values are doubled! That means that guessing the winner of the series is worth four points, while guessing how many games the series will last and the MVP are worth two pointseach.

And if any of us finish tied, the tie will be broken by guessing the combined save percentage of Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick in the series’ final game only. That means pooling both of their saves and shots faced, then dividing the former by the latter.

So with that in mind, check below for the complete pick sets, and come back when the Stanley Cup winner is determined for the final results and standings. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup »

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New York is back in the Finals after a well-earned victory over Montreal. (http://media.salon.com/)

The Finals are set, with New York beating Montreal and resting a bit while LA completed an epic defeat of Chicago in Game 7 on the road. These are two good teams with two very good goalies, but before they square off in the Finals, let’s see how they got there.

It was a rather difficult round, with only one correct series winner combined among everyone’s picks. Only one series length was correct for each series as well. Overall, though not too much changed, there’s a little bit of creeping up to the lead going on.

So check below for updated results, and check back Wednesday evening for the Stanley Cup Finals picks. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Third Round Results »

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Jarome Iginla (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Is the President’s Trophy cursed? No, that would be ridiculous. But maybe…

It’s been pretty well documented that teams that dominate during the regular season and win the President’s Trophy for first place finish in the league seemed to be doomed in the playoffs. Year after year, these teams tend to lose in the first or second round and all their high hopes and expectations wither away. There are several factors that go into this; maybe┬ábeing the top dog means that all other teams bring their “A” game to them, or possibly after their high level of play for the first 82 games, they just don’t have enough left in the tank for a long playoff run. Continue reading Bruins Looking for Answers after Early Exit »

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(Photo Courtesy by Rick Osentoski of USA Today Sports)

After the disappointing series loss to the Canadiens, I was trying to figure out how did the Bruins collapse? Was it the lack of production of the first line? Was it the loss of Dennis Seidenberg and the Bruins could not replace him correctly? While these questions did signify a mistake the players and management made, there is one glaring issue I have with the series. Brad Marshmallow Marchand missed key goal-scoring opportunities in golden situations to put the Boston on the board.

He is a prolific goal scorer, right?

In the past three regular seasons, Marchand has an average of 23.6 goals a season. Continue reading Brad Marchand: Little Ball of Disappointment »

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