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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 22

Only one month remains in the season, and there’s still a lot to be hashed out. The Devils are still making an improbable run. Five points separates #4 from #11 out west. Even the Flyers aren’t safe, with Boston and now Washington right behind them. One of the few sure things right now appears to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 21

No more than 20 games remain for any team, so we’re in the final quartile of the season now. And this late, the top story continues to be the logjam out West between #4 and #11, if not further down. Even one more victory by the Predators (#9) would vault them up to #5. But […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 20

20 weeks done, almost 20 games left, and Philadelphia is still running away with the East. Vancouver is closer in the West to Detroit, but still has a comfortable lead, but is in danger of falling behind Philadelphia. The Dallas Stars, not too long ago atop the Pacific Division, are now in last place in […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 19

The top two seeds in each conference (and Pittsburgh) are pretty safely nestled into their positions, but everything else is up for grabs, with one win being able to do pretty much anything. To that point, four Pacific teams are currently in the brackets, and the last is just a win away. We should all […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 18

With just two months left in the season, very little is known, or even in a good position, regarding which teams will end up where. The defending champs are in the #11 spot, and the once solid East bracket has now been tapped by a new team. And the Devils are now #13 in the […]

Ice Breakers: Bruins-Sharks, Saturday February 5th

The Bruins (30-15-7), fresh off their beatdown of the Stars Thursday night, will host old friend Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks (27-19-6) in a matinee affair at the Garden this afternoon. For Boston, today’s game will be the second of four straight at home. They kicked off the homestand in grand fashion Thursday, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 13

Another week in, and things are starting to shake up. Both #1s from last time were displaced, the West’s middle of the pack has been a revolving door for quite a while, and there is a tie for each top spot. Toronto is 4th worst in the league, so Boston will get a great draft […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 12

The season is almost half over, and the Devils are on pace for 46 points. Eight teams have already surpassed that mark. The Penguins and Red Wings have relatively comfortable leads for now, but have games out of hand to worry about. The Bruins are starting to pull away from the Canadiens, and still have […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11

There’s been plenty of action before the NHL’s Christmas break, and things are getting quite interesting. The top slots are being challenged, the West’s bottom slots are in such a predicament as well, and it’s a good thing for the Bruins that the Northeast Division is comparatively weak. And nearly half-way through the season, the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 9

Another week into the season, and the East’s eight are moving away from the pack, though the top four seeds are shuffling and the latter four are all tied. That’s the same situation in the West, too, except four teams are just one win away from moving into the brackets. The last place team in […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7

Welcome to a special Thanksgiving week edition of the NHL’s “If the Playoffs…” And be sure to enjoy the Bruins’ matinee later Friday. This past week-and-a-game has included many fun moments, including a new top team in the league, as you’ve already noticed. Phoenix has charged forward, one point away from Detroit for the West’s […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 6

The red-hot Capitals (70 goals, by the way), show no signs of stopping anytime soon, especially when they’re gunning for another President’s Trophy. Though the Red Wings are making a challenge. And Boston’s doing quite well, when they’re on the road, anyway. Buffalo’s making a push to become relevant again, while St Louis is slipping. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 1

Isn’t the first week great? It’s the only time of a year that we get to see things like the Maple Leafs as the best team in the league. And it’s the one time of the year when Marty Brodeur is still working out the kinks, and the Bruins, just like the rest of the […]

Let’s Get Puck’d: NHL Western Conference Preview

Welcome, as we march on with the second half of this year’s NHL previews, this time shifting our focus to the Western Conference. To me, the West is wide open this year. Chicago, the league’s reigning Cup champs, had to have a fire sale in the off-season to relieve their salary cap crunch, which should […]

Tim Thomas Trade Winds Blowing, Destination Unknown

The action on the ice has cooled off around the NHL, but this week the focus shifts off the ice, as a busy week in hockey is headlined by Tuesday’s Hall of Fame inductees announcement, Wednesday night’s awards ceremony in Las Vegas, and this weekend’s NHL entry draft in Los Angeles. Follow that up with […]