Three weeks into the season now, and while the Blackhawks have started to build a bit of a lead for themselves, the rest of the field is up for grabs. Each conference has a team better than at least one division leader, so teams are jumping all over each other. The standings still have a ways to go before settling down, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Saturday, February 9 at 7:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3 »
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The NHL season is well-underway, especially considering the greatly shortened length of the season. With that being said, the standings don’t look like they usually do, partly due to the low number of games played, but it also has a lot to do with the urgency felt by every team earlier than usual. The Maple Leafs and Islanders are doing well for them, while the Flyers, Rangers and defending champion Kings are opening their years with terrible slumps. The Flyers, in fact, are a point away from the league’s worst record. It’s looking to be a topsy-turvy season, at least at this point, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Saturday, February 2 at 8:00pm: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 2 »
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The NHL season is finally underway, and there’s already been plenty of tooth-and-nail action. Every team (except Washington) has won a game, three teams remain perfect and 12 teams are clustered together with four points, including eight in the East alone. So while everything’s so tight, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Sunday, January 27 before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 1 »
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It took 119 long, excruciating days, but NHL games are finally in sight. The NHL and NHLPA came to a tentative agreement after a 16-hour marathon negotiating session in New York ended around 5 a.m.
That means all the talk about escrow and disclaimers of interest will soon turn into talk about forechecking and line brawls. Bruins fans will be hearing a lot less from Donald Fehr and a lot more from Rene Rancourt and Jack Edwards.
The season is likely to begin in a couple weeks although the exact date is not known, while training camp will begin at the end of this week. Continue reading NHL, Players Union Come to Agreement to End Lockout »
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As we approach the 70th day of the NHL lockout fans are getting antsy, players are getting angry, and Gary Bettman is more hated than ever. With over 400 games cancelled (including the Winter Classic and All-Star game), fans can’t help but wonder when hockey will be back. The way things are looking now, a 2012-13 season doesn’t seem very likely. So we have to wonder, if the season is lost, what will happen to the NHL? Will they be able to bounce back from this nightmare they call a lockout? And when it comes down to it, who do we point the finger at for causing all of this?
If the NHL and NHLPA figure it out, who wins?
Regardless of when this lockout ends, I think the NHL will end up on top. Continue reading Will There Be an NHL Season After the Lockout? »
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Over the past couple years, the New York Rangers have been a very active team during the offseason. Back in 2009, the Rangers signed Slovakian superstar Marian Gaborik to a five-year deal. In the previous offseason, the Rangers signed Brad Richards, who happened to be the top overall unrestricted free agent in 2011.
Even after signing Gaborik and Richards, the Rangers had scoring problems, which is not something new for the organization. They had to rely too much on the league’s top defense and Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundquvist.
So, the Rangers had to do something to add to a struggling offense and they certainly did this summer by completing a trade for Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash. Continue reading Rangers Complete Trade with Blue Jackets for Rick Nash »
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The NHL season is now over, and the Los Angeles Kings have won their first title, and as the first 8-seed to win a title at that. Jonathan Quick has been named the MVP of the playoffs thanks to his efficient play in net, something the Devils had a real tough time breaking (they scored at most once in each loss).
Meanwhile, we all were watching to see how the finals would manipulate the standings of the SoB Pick ‘Em this year. Thanks to the Kings’ excellent playoff run and dominating performance, the winner of the 2012 NHL Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup Results »
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