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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

10 Weeks are gone, and while the East has a clear field of eight, the West is still fighting amongst itself. And right now, the teams with the two most points are in the same Atlantic division. The Bruins completely missed their chance to overtake the Canadiens, and now sit in the lowly #8 as […]

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 8

After two months, we’re starting to see some separation in the East, but no such luck in the West. Between eight and nine in the East is five points, but one in the West; even last place in the Pacific Division (San Jose) is just one win away from poking their nose into the race. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 4

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Thanks to Boston, Buffalo is now the league’s worst team, and Nashville, #1 in the West last week, are down to #9. Pittsburgh is #8 in the East, and Toronto is starting to fall by the wayside. Plenty of teams are offensively gifted, plenty are defensively gifted, and others […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

After another week, things have been shaken up quite a bit. The conferences are now topped by the Predators and the Habs (or as we in Boston like to call them, Hab nots; let’s get that to catch on, people). The Devils continue to serve as basement dwellers, on pace for 41 points, as opposed […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 2

Another week in, and the Maple Leafs are going strong. The Blackhawks are back on top out West, though their three closest competitors all have three games in hand, down by three points. That’s 333, which when doubled, means the Devils are currently in last place in the entire NHL. They’re followed by Ottawa and […]

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 […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

The previous week has been quite fun, with teams dropping and entering in dramatic fashion. A full three of the divisions are currently contested by a single point or less. Only the Capitals have an iron grip on theirs. Even the Red Wings are only a point out. Even though we’re two and a half […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8

It’s been an interesting week. Two former division leaders have reclaimed their thrones. The Predators are actually in second place in the Central Division. The Bruins are actually looking better, though more shutouts and regulation victories would be easier to swallow. And the Hurricanes are still bottom feeders to top it off. With two divisional […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7

Things are picking up. All five Atlantic teams are in line for playoff spots. Only one division features a point differential between 1st and 2nd of more than four points. Only one of the six Canadian teams is up for a slot. And to top it all off, five out of eight current series would […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 6

This past week has shaken up the NHL standings, with more certainly shaking to come. We have two new #1 seeds, the Bruins are back in it, and the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets are tied, amongst other teams jockeying for position. In fact, the division leaders have seven, four, three, two, one, and zero point […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 5

The season is well underway, and things are heating up. The Bruins have been back and forth, mostly back. Several teams that nobody expected to do well are doing just that. And to top it all off, all five teams in the Atlantic Division are in line for playoff spots, though only one Atlantic Division […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 4

There’s been plenty of shakeups in the past week. Seven new teams are in the playoff picture compared to last season’s bracket (five from the West). We have a new division leader, two new East teams forcing their way into the picture, and three divisional matches (two of them from the Atlantic Division). On top […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

It’s been quite a start to the 2009-2010 hockey season. The Buffalo Sabres now sit atop the Northeast division, and the Coyotes, after the whole “let’s see if we can sell the team” thing, are right there in the hunt. Four teams are worse than the Islanders, and the injury riddled Bruins are struggling to […]