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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11

It won’t be long before the season is half over, but the intrigue is still going strong. Chicago and Pittsburgh easily lead their divisions, but the Conference lead is still up for grabs. Teams are still trying to hack their way into the playoff standings, Wildcard or division. The outside teams in the East are […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

The season is already 10 weeks old, but it remains difficult for any team to make a run. In fact, many teams are out of the picture but remain very close, especially in the East. A few more injuries are rearing their heads around the league as well, threatening to turn everything upside down. A […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 9

Teams are starting to approach 30 games played, but no team has firmly separated themselves from all others. The Metropolitan Division still has several teams fighting for position. Other than Vancouver, the Western Conference is starting to figure out which of its eight teams will play past 82 games. Seeding everywhere is still very much […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8

Two months of the season are gone, and a bit of separation is starting to appear. The best bet for outside East teams right now seems to be working their way into the Metropolitan Division’s top three. The West is a little more open, but with all the strong teams in the race, a Wildcard […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7

Seven weeks of the season are gone. Most teams are more than a quarter of the way through the season by now, and while the separation of the Wildcard teams from the rest of the pack is starting to appear, things are still close. It’s especially tough in the Western Conference, where all of the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 6

Teams are rapidly approaching 20 games already, if they haven’t reached the mark already. The divisional races are getting closer, even Pittsburgh’s. The Wildcard races are pretty good too, especially in the East. A few teams may be thinking of ping pong balls already, but plenty still have postseason aspirations. With seedings shifting around all […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 5

Week 5 is over, and the standings have only gotten closer. There’s a three-way tie for the Atlantic Division. The three best Pacific teams are all within a point. In fact, only the Penguins have built up a decent lead so far in their division. There’s a slight push in the Wildcard races among some […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 4

A month has gone by in the NHL, and the surprise teams are managing to keep up their momentum so far. Toronto and Colorado are division leaders still, while Carolina is still hanging in there behind Pittsburgh. Boston and Detroit, widely considered to be the best two teams in the Atlantic Division, are relegated to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

Now three weeks into the season, there’s not much separation, though a few of the best teams are making an early mark. On average, the West has been getting more points, but the East has more games in hand. The Wildcard races in particular are quite packed, and teams like Colorado, Toronto and Carolina remain […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 2

The NHL season is now well underway, and as happens at this early stage, there are plenty of surprises. The Rangers can’t get anything going. The Avalanche are unbeaten. The Flames are hanging in there without Jarome Iginla. Toronto is doing well in the early going. Tim Thomas is looking to make his return worthwhile. […]

2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup Results

The Stanley Cup Final is over, and what a heartbreaker it was for Boston. They had an easy path to Game 7 before coughing up two goals in 18 seconds with about a minute left to play. Still, that doesn’t take anything away from Chicago’s accomplishment after their very good season. With all of us […]

2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup

As you can see from the map, most of the country believes Chicago will skate away with the Stanley Cup. You may also notice that the only states that believe Boston will win are Boston’s home states of New England and Michigan, home to Chicago’s arch rivals Detroit. But whatever you think about that, it’s […]

2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Third Round Results

The Finals are set, and it will be the 2010 and 2011 champions, Chicago and Boston respectively, duking it out to see who gets the Cup again. To get there, Chicago dethroned defending champs Los Angeles in five games, while Boston swept past a very powerful Pittsburgh team, despite losing Gregory Campbell to a broken […]

2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Third Round

The NHL is down to its final four teams, and in an interesting twist, they’re also the last four teams to win the Stanley Cup. The Penguins, Blackhawks, Bruins and Kings are all worthy teams, and should make for a highly entertaining Conference Final Round. Despite having only four possible combinations of series winners, all […]

2013 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Second Round Results

The second round of the NHL Playoffs is complete. It was capped off by a cutthroat series between evenly-matched Los Angeles and San Jose, and of course a comeback by Chicago after being down 3-1 to Detroit. Pittsburgh and Boston won their series fairly easily to set up what looks to be a violent series […]