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2011 NHL Playoffs: The Eight Most Dangerous Playoff Teams

April 3rd, 2011 No Comments

With only a few more games to be played before the NHL starts it’s playoffs, there are a few teams that are emerging as the definitive favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Goaltending is often key to a teams playoffs success, that said, the Chicago Blackhawks took home Lord Stanley’s Cup last year—even with inconsistent goaltending from Antti Niemi. Power play and penalty kill success also comes into play, as does a teams ability to gel at the right time. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at the NHL’s eight most dangerous playoffs teams of 2010-11. Philadelphia Flyers: Key Stats: Current Record: 46-22-10 (102 points)—Second in Eastern Conference GF: 245 GA: 207 Diff: +38 PP: 16.4% (20th overall) PK: 83.8% (Ninth overall) Key Players: Mike Richards (F) Jeff Carter (F) Chris Pronger (D) Sergei Bobrovsky (G) The

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Alexei Ponikarovsky: Struggling After Leaving The Toronto Maple Leafs

January 27th, 2011 No Comments

Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (87th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Alexei Ponikarovsky was seen as a little more than a project forward by most. “Poni” would have a couple of short stints with Krylja Sovetov Moscow-Russia, Dynamo Moscow-Russia and Dynamo Moscow-EuroNHL before finally joining the Maple Leafs in 2000-2001. Ponikarovsky would split the 2000-2001 season between the Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate (then the St. John’s Maple Leafs), accumulating one goal and three assists with Toronto through 22 games, followed by a decent 36 points in 49 games in St. John’s. The 2001-2002 season saw Ponikarovsky spend 72 games with the St. John’s Maple Leafs where he scored 21 goals and 48 points through 72 games. He would spend the majority of the 2002-2003 season in St. John’s before making

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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

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The Los Angeles Kings Need Offense—Do The Toronto Maple Leafs Have The Answer?

January 19th, 2011 2 Comments

After reading all the pre-season fodder and a fast start to the 2010-11 season, the Los Angeles Kings look to be struggling to find their way. Like most struggling teams, many fans have started to suggest that the Kings need to make a trade, and we are not talking about adding a depth player. Regarded as having one of the better stockpiles of young talent, the Kings’ could easily put together a deal involving a number of their prospects, a few of which, all 29 other clubs would love to have. Brayden Schenn is a highly coveted prospect, but with his strong showing at the world juniors and pedigree it is hard to imagine the Kings letting Schenn go. The issue for the Kings is this—if they are going to make a strong playoff push and/or run, they will need

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Brayden Schenn’s Dominance AT WJHC Should End All Trade Rumors

January 6th, 2011 No Comments

With the World Junior Hockey Championships officially in the books, the focus once again turns to the NHL where more than a few teams could use a facelift. One of the teams that has consistently been in the trade rumors this season has been the Los Angeles Kings, and more times than not, Brayden Schenn’s name seems to come up amongst the players going the other way. Schenn has had a busy season, spending time with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, eight games with the Kings and of course his time with Team Canada at the WJHC. Schenn has struggled at the pro level, scoring three goals and seven points with the Monarchs, while posting just two assists in eight games with the Kings. That said, with all the

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Jarome Iginla: Do The Los Angeles Kings Want Him?

November 6th, 2010 7 Comments

Numerous rumors are circulating that it’s just a mater of time before Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla is traded. Given Iginla’s sub-par performance last season and subsequent slow start to the 2010-11 season I can understand the Flames wanting to shop Iggy, but with three years left on his contract at a cap hit of $7 million, does any NHL team really want his services? Complicating matters is the fact that Iginla owns a no movement clause. That said, Iginla does not strike me as the kind of player that wants to remain in the fold if he is not wanted, so I do not foresee that NMC being an issue. Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports wrote earlier in the month that Iginla would agree to a trade, but only if the Flames make it public that any move is

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