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What Are Canada’s Chances At A Stanley Cup This Season?

October 4th, 2011 No Comments

With the pre-season officially in the books, the regular season is just hours away from commencing, giving Canada back it’s favorite drug- Hockey! For some NHL teams the playoffs looks to be all but a sure thing, including the likes of the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference, followed by the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference. For others, a playoff birth will be hard fought, if not impossible, which will likely cause many Canadians to hit the pharmacy or the local liquor store on more than a few occasions! For Canadian hockey fans there is plenty to be excited about. The Winnipeg Jets are officially back, while the Toronto Maple Leafs looked poised to make the jump to the playoffs…or not!


Wayne Gretzky Turns 50: Could Have Scored 100

January 26th, 2011 No Comments

Great players always strive for more. Recently asked about the greatest goal scoring season in NHL history in which he lit the lamp a total of 92 times, Gretzky lamented that the “disappointing” part about that season (1985-1986) was the fact that “the great one” only scored one goal in his final eight games. Most players would have been happy with a 92 goal season, Gretzky wanted to hit the century mark. The “Great One” owns just about every offensive record in NHL history. Most goals (894), assists (1,963), points (2,857), most points in a playoff (47), most career playoff points (252), the list goes on and on. Often referred to as the greatest player in NHL history, there are still some critic’s out there that try to detract from Gretzky’s achievements by suggesting the lack of defensive play in


NHL Division-By-Division Power Rankings: Southeast Division Weak No More

November 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Three weeks and one calender month into the 2010-2011 NHL season, we’ve already begun to be able to pick out the surprises and disappointments of the year. Teams like Buffalo and New Jersey, two top-ranked teams from the Eastern Conference last season, have both struggled to get going and posted a combined 0-8-2 home record, while franchises such as Montreal, Boston, and Tampa Bay have burst onto the stage with a combined 20-7-2 record. Meanwhile, in the West, Nashville, Edmonton, and Dallas started out strongly but have faltered lately, while, on the other hand, youthful squads such as St. Louis, Colorado, and Los Angeles have already begun to prove their legitimacy. But how does the NHL look from a divisional standpoint? Which five-team groups have been the toughest to play in so far, while which divisions have struggled despite their


NHL Fighting: Senseless Fighting Needs To Be Addressed

October 11th, 2010 No Comments

It’s just a few games into the 2010-11 season and already we are seeing a lot of senseless fights taking place—fights that the NHL would be wise to punish more severely, fights that prove nothing. Thursday night, the Edmonton Oilers come out flying in their home opener, clobbering the Calgary Flames by a final score of 4-0. For the Oilers, it was a great start to the season, for the Flames, an embarrassing effort. With the Flames getting beat where it counts—on the scoreboard—the Calgary Flames felt it was necessary to “send the Oilers a message”, a message in the form of a good old fashioned butt-kicking. With the Oilers firmly ahead on the scoreboard the Flames tried to settle the score at 17:40 of the third period by sending out Raitis Ivanans to fight Steve MacIntyre. There was no


2010-11 NHL Power Rankings: The Quintessential Report

October 10th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL pre-season behind us it’s almost time to start the regular season where all 30 NHL teams will drop the puck in anger for the first time. There was plenty of movement this summer, which should help change the landscape of the NHL standings in a big way from where the teams finished in 2009-10. Sure, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils are bound to be amongst the NHL’s elite teams, it’s in the bottom ranks that we will see the most change. Off-season improvements from teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins should equate to big changes in the Eastern Conference, while Western Conference teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes should help determine the playoff


NHL: 2010-11 Eastern Conference Playoff Picks

September 30th, 2010 2 Comments

With the regular season just a few days away from commencing there are still a lot of roster decisions to be made. That said, for the most part, the top three lines on most NHL rosters are all but set, which makes it all the easier to make some solid predictions for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The following is a look at the Eastern Conference teams and where I see these teams finishing. Washington Capitals: Prediction- 1st In the Eastern Conference. After an excellent regular season which saw the Capitals earn the Presidents Trophy and set all kinds of franchise records along the way, the Caps fell victim to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s superb goaltending in the first round of the playoffs. Consdering just how poorly the Capitals season ended,  you just got to believe that the Capitals will come back with a

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