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Devils Down Maple Leafs: Is It Time To Hit The Panic Button?

February 22nd, 2012 10 Comments

There are times in an NHL season that your team really lets you down. The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their downward spiral on Tuesday night, losing a hard fought game to the New Jersey Devils by a final score of 4-3 in overtime. Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel tied the game with 44 seconds left in the third period, beating Devils’ goaltender Martin Brodeur with a slick wrist shot which eluded the future hall of fame netminder. Despite Kessel’s heroics,Torontowas unable to close the deal, as Devils’ defenseman Mark Fayne put a weak shot pastTorontogoaltender Jonas Gustavsson at the 01:18 mark of overtime. For Gustavsson, Fayne’s shot resulted in one of three questionable goals on the evening. Soft goals and poor positioning for their goaltenders and a lack of overall defense is killing the Maple Leafs chances of making the

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Toronto Maple Leafs Blow It Versus The Florida Panthers

March 18th, 2011 No Comments

When you look at the Toronto Maple Leafs season it is easy to point to their eight game slump in late October through early November as the catalyst as to why they are so close, yet so far away from a playoff spot this season. On the other hand, last night’s game against the Florida Panthers is another example of a missed opportunity to further their chances at making the playoffs for the first time since what seems like a decade ago. Fresh off the heels of an impressive win against the Carolina Hurricanes (who are also right in the playoff mix) on Wednesday night the Maple Leafs put in a listless, often mistake-prone effort against the Panthers, a team that is well out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Its games like these that playoff teams win, its games

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NHL Trade Rumors:What Would It Take To Land Stephen Weiss?

February 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Originally drafted fourth overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Stephen Weiss has played his entire career with the Florida Panthers. For Weiss, there have been good times, including a 28-goal season in 2009-10 and bad times, including a 13-goal season in 2007-08. This season Weiss has registered a total of 16 goals and 40 points through 58 games with the lowly Panthers, which puts him on pace to score around 56 points on the season. While not a lock to be an “elite” number one centre many experts feel, in the right situation and with the right line mates, that Weiss could be a great number one NHL centre, maybe even a star. For the most part, even with the benefit of playing on a line with Nathan Horton (now with the Boston Bruins) at times, many experts believe

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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

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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

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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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