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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

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 […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 2

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 […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 1

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 […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup Results

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 […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Stanley Cup

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Finals! It’s the Kings and Devils, certainly two unlikely teams to be in this position looking at the field before the playoffs began. Both teams’ excellent performances so far has made the series difficult to pick, with our remaining panel here at SoB split between the two. Either way, it’s […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Third Round Results

The Stanley Cup Finals are now set. It’s an unlikely match-up between a #6 and a #8 team. And to get there, they had to beat a #1 and #3 team. At that point, the Kings were expected to make it through to the Finals, while the Devils pulled off a bit of an upset […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: 3rd Round

Only four teams remain in the NHL playoffs. The Devils try to continue their run against another powerful divisional rival while the Kings and Coyotes each try to cap off a Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Finals. And here at SoB, it’s looking like it’ll be the Rangers and Kings meeting for the Cup. […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Second Round Results

The NHL is down to its final four teams, including an improbable #8 seed. There’s also a #1 seed on the other coast bringing elite goaltending (among other things) to the table, so the next round should be full of surprises. But for now, the second round wasn’t too kind to our experts. The Coyotes […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Second Round

The second round has begun, and it’s time to see whether the several upset-minded teams can keep their runs going. Four lower seeds made it to the second round, including the #8 Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have been picked by the majority of our panelists to make it past St. Louis after upsetting Vancouver. […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round Results

The first round is over, and it was full of upsets, particularly in the East. There wasn’t too much success overall picking series winners, though series length picks mitigated that somewhat. The Rangers were the easiest pick to make, though they could just as easily have lost. The Devils were the only other clear majority […]

Bruins Can’t Solve Holtby; Series Heads to Boston Tied

For the Boston Bruins to beat the Washington Capitals, at some point they’ll need to beat Braden Holtby. The rookie goalie has averaged more than 35 saves per night in his first four playoff games, including a dominating 44-save night Thursday that powered the Capitals to a 2-1 victory at the Verizon Center, evening the […]

2012 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round

The playoffs are here at last, and it’s time to see if the Bruins have what it takes to repeat in a year with several strong rivals. And for the occasion, we here at Sports of Boston have brought you a panel of our experts to give their thoughts on how everything will turn out. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 25

Just another week to go, and it’s playoffs time! The final standings are really starting to take shape much more than ever before, but the lower seeds are still very much up for grabs. Set teams are starting to prepare for the postseason while contenders are still making their moves just to get a spot, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 24

It’s almost time for the playoffs to begin. There’s certainly no shortage of close contests, and nobody’s giving way easily at all. And this far along, only the top team in each conference has so much as clinched a playoff spot. The action the rest of the way is sure to be cutthroat, so let’s […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 23

Only a few weeks remain in the season, and there’s barely more than 10 games left per team. Both conferences have now opened up at #1, but it’s still a race for all fringe teams involved. Half the divisions are still very much in play as well, so there’s a lot to fight for still. […]