Archive for April, 2010

Is The Price Right? Carey Price To Start Game Four

April 21st, 2010 No Comments

Heading into the Playoffs the Montreal Canadiens seemed to have their goaltending all but figured out, Jaroslav Halak was their man. Now, on the heals of two sub-par games and subsequent losses, Halak will be replaced between the pipes with Carey Price. Yes, Jaroslav Halak has given up eight goals on the last 30 shots he has faced, but Halak is not entirely what ails the Canadiens, there is plenty of blame to go around. The Habs defense has been horrific with the likes of Marc-Andre Bergeron (-5) and Roman Hamrlik (-3), leading the way in defensive futility. Add that to an offensive core that has had trouble handling the Capitals larger forwards and you have a recipe for disaster. The fact is, the Candiens have been outclassed, outskated, outworked and just plain look out of gas against the high

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Five Players That Have Been a Surprise Thus Far In The NHL Playoffs

April 20th, 2010 No Comments

Every year we wait patiently for the NHL Playoff season to commence. Some say the best part of the playoffs is watching a team get upset by a lower seed, some say it’s the heightened compete level from players and teams alike, me? I like watching unexpected hero’s emerge and players that were doubted by the “experts” come up huge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the most surprising players thus far in the playoffs, for better, or for worse. Chris Pronger—Defenseman, Philadelphia Flyers: Playing upwards of thirty minutes and 34.3 shifts per game, Pronger has been seeing plenty of time on the power play—and for good reason. Pronger has two power play goals, three points and has made life miserable for New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur by clogging up his crease. More importantly,

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Four Players Brian Burke Should Look at Signing This Summer

April 20th, 2010 No Comments

No question about it, when it comes to signing unrestricted free agents, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will have his work cut out for him this summer. Let’s face it Leaf fans, despite the Leafs admirable finish to the 2009/10 season, this team still has a ways to go before they are a playoff contender. Part of the Leafs growth is expected to come from the addition of prospect Nazem Kadri to the lineup and a healthy Mike Komisarek—other improvements will have to come from within and through the odd free agent signing. Through the first few games of the playoffs we have watched as numerous “lunchbox” players have made huge contributions to their teams. Philadelphia Flyer forwards Ian Laperiere and Daniel Carcillo are two prime examples of this, as are the likes of Matthew Lombardi (Phoenix Coyotes)

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Ilya Kovalchuk Needs To Step Up His Game

April 19th, 2010 No Comments

When New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello made the trade that brought Ilya Kovalchuk over from the Atlanta Thrashers there were plenty of prognosticators that felt the acquisition would cement the Devils as a Stanley Cup favorite. Kovalchuk is arguably one of the games best snipers, a tremendous talent who possesses incredible speed and great on-ice vision and a nose for the net—all the tools that makes up a super-star in today’s NHL. Unfortunately for the Devils, Kovalchuk is yet to show his true worth, struggling to adjust to his new line mates and new system since coming over form the Thrashers, and now, struggling to find his game in the playoffs. Thus far in the Devils series versus the Philadelphia Flyers Kovalchuk has managed to light the lamp just once. Kovalchuk fans will point to the fact that

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Flyers Overcome Penalty Woes; Beat Devils In OT

April 19th, 2010 No Comments

Coming into Sunday night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils both teams had to be unhappy with their overall play. For New Jersey, Martin Brodeur’s inability to stop the puck and the teams penchant for taking undisciplined penalties has cost them in the win department. For Philadelphia, their defensive woes and penchant for giving up too many shots has cost them dearly, leading to a game two loss. Forwards Zach Parise, Patrick Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk have been the best players for the Devils; for the Flyers it’s been goaltender Brian Boucher, defenseman Chris Pronger and forward Mike Richards have been their go-to guys. Throughout the first two matches both teams have been extremely physical, hitting opposing players at every opportunity and getting under each others skin, leading to numerous scrums after the whistle. This style of

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Forget About Alexander Ovechkin; Sidney Crosby Is King

April 17th, 2010 4 Comments

All season long I have had to read all the negative comments about Sidney Crosby and how he is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin. To say these comments are preposterous is an understatement. The fact is, Crosby is King, so all the haters had better get used to it. Now, before everyone gets their nickers in a bunch, consider the facts. Fact: Crosby scored more goals than Ovechkin this season (51-50) and tied him for points with 109. Crosby scored two goals in his final game to leapfrog over Ovechkin in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Ovechkin failed to register a point in his final game. Fact: Crosby outperformed Ovechkin at the Olympics—Crosby scored the gold medal winning goal for Canada, Ovechkin came home without a medal. Fact: Crosby won the Stanley Cup in 2008-09, beating Ovechkin

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