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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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Senators And Wild Talking Trade: Is There A Fit?

October 21st, 2010 No Comments

Numerous rumor mills are suggesting that the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild are kicking the tires on a trade scenario, leaving many NHL experts to speculate on a number of possible scenarios. The Senators are off to one of their worst starts in the history of the franchise, going a paltry 1-4-1 in their first six games, leaving them in a toe for last place with the fledgling New Jersey Devils, who also own a 1-4-1 record. Heading into Thursday night’s game action the Sens own the 26th ranked power play, 17th ranked penalty kill and still have all kinds of question between the pipes. On-again, off-again sniper Alex Kovalev is yet to find his stride (again) and many of the Senators top prospects just don’t look anywhere near ready to compete at the level general manager Bryan Murray needs

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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

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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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Toronto Maple Leafs Win Battle Of Ontario—J.S. Giguere Shines

October 9th, 2010 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a great start to the 2010-11 season—beating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 2-1 on Thursday night’s home opener, followed by a 5-1 butt whopping of the Ottawa Senators. Nikolai Kulemin opened the scoring at 01:38 of the first period, followed by Phil Kessel second of the season at 07:51—giving the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead over the hated Senators. Clarke MacArthur shot a high-powered wrist shot past Ottawa Senators goaltender Pascal Leclaire at the midway point of the second period, followed by two third period goals from Kris Versteeg—the Maple Leafs first power play marker of the 2010-11 season and Cambridge, Ontario native Tom Brent’s second of the year, before Ottawa Senators forward Jason Speeza beat J.S. Giguere at 07:11 of the third. Throughout the game the Leafs used their superior

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Toronto Maple Leafs/Ottawa Senators Game Preview

October 8th, 2010 No Comments

The 2009-10 regular season left Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators fans with two very different outlooks for the 20010-11 season. For Maple Leaf fans, the 2010-11 season represented a time for change and hope, while Sens fans looked at the 2010-11 season as a chance at redemption and, with a little luck, a long playoff. In the off season the Toronto Maple Leafs made a number of acquisitions designed to both increase offense and, as is always the case with Brian Burke’s team, solidify the Leafs in the truculence department. Kris Versteeg was brought in to solidify the first line and, thus far, has proven to be a tremendous acquisition for Burke, enhancing the first line and giving the Leafs more of a locker room presence. Rugged winger Colby Armstrong was signed via free agency, a move that was

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