Dennis Seidenberg injured (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff).

Seidenberg Eyeing Playoff Return

Great news out of Boston earlier this week as Claude Julien confirmed that Dennis Seidenberg skated on Tuesday for the first time since December 27. He suffered an ACL and MCL injury against Ottowa and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the season.

It was a stunning blow to the Bruins “D” corps, who were tried and tested to fill the gap he left. The bottom line was this: they weren’t going to be able to get a defenseman at the trade deadline who can do what he does night in and night out for that cap hit. Instead, Julien stressed that the group as a whole would have to step up in his absence, and it’s worked out nicely. Johnny Boychuk has especially taken a bigger role with 44 gone and his great play hasn’t gone unnoticed by B’s fans. Continue reading Dennis Seidenberg Skates; Adam McQuaid Finished as a Bruin? »

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Spurs vs Pacers: Week 22's prediction for the NBA Finals

Just one week remains in the season, but plenty is left to decide. The top seed in the East is still a tossup. The last spots in each conference are still alive. Middle seeding could still get jumbled up. There may be favorites to win, but a lot of teams will make a strong bid to pull off some upsets, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, April 10, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NBA Week 22 »

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Red Sox vs Yankees Preview

April 10, 2014 at 12:49pm in Featured, Red Sox, Top Story
Jacoby Ellsubry

Red Sox vs Yankees Preview

The Boston Red Sox (4-5) and the New York Yankees (4-5), commonly referred to as the greatest rivalry in baseball, will meet tonight in New York for the first time in the 2014 season. The Red Sox are coming off a big comeback win against the Texas Rangers and the Yankees are looking to stop a 2 game skid. Last year held very different stories for these two historic franchises. The Red Sox, of course, went from the worst team in 2012 to World Series champions in 2013. The Yankees, on the other hand, are coming off a poor season missing the playoffs for only the second time in nineteen years. Continue reading Red Sox vs Yankees Preview »

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Patrice Bergeron (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

All season long, there has been a lot of dialogue and discourse about how the Western Conference is a lot stronger than the East. Analysts heralded that the teams in the West were better, the game was faster, and the stats guys backed it up.

As it stands now, seven of the top ten teams in the standings are from the West, and five of the bottom six teams are from the East. This makes the West, statistically speaking, much deeper and more competitive. Indeed, most NHL experts will tell you that they favor a team from the West to win it all, such as the Ducks or the Blues.

Fret not, Bruins fans. I’ve been digging up some research and reading reports, and I’m here to tell you right now that not only should you not fear the West, you shouldn’t fear any team in hockey. I”m going to take a systematic look at the six powerhouse teams in the West and tell you why the Black and Gold could and indeed should beat them.

Continue reading How the NHL’s Western Conference Will be Won »

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Bruins vs Blues: Week 25's prediction for the Stanley Cup

The season ends Sunday, but a lot is still on the line. Despite seven Western slots being locked up, neither Western division has a winner. The top and low seeds in the conference are still very much up for grabs. In the East, the Bruins have the conference easily locked up, and are on the fast track to taking home the President’s Trophy. That locks Pittsburgh in as the second seed in the East. Some breathing room has developed for the East’s Wildcard teams, but neither one has clinched yet. Still, the playoff picture is starting to come into play, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, April 9, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 25 »

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Connecticut players celebrating 2014 Championship/AP Photo/David J. Phillip

On March 8th, the Connecticut Huskies were manhandled 81-48 against the Louisville Cardinals in their last regular season game of the year. A month later, that same Huskies team is now on top of the college basketball world after defeating a star-studded freshman bunch of Kentucky Wildcats 60-54.

So, is Connecticut now the best program in all of college basketball? Continue reading UConn Men’s Basketball Program Continues Elite Run »

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Derrick Gordon (Steve Helber/AP)

University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon has come out as gay, becoming the first player in Division I men’s basketball ever to do so. Gordon made the public announcement in a conversation with ESPN’s Kate Fagan, where he said that he told his teammates on April 2, a few days after coming out to his parents.

Gordon broke the news at a team meeting after speaking to head coach Derek Kellogg, and said the response from his fellow Minutemen was overwhelmingly positive. Gordon credited the precedents of Jason Collins and Michael Sam for helping him make the decision to go public.

Continue reading UMass Guard Derrick Gordon Is First Openly Gay Player in D-I »

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