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What Now? L.A. Kings Look To Rebound in 2011-12

April 26th, 2011 No Comments

With the San Jose Sharks officially eliminating the Los Angeles Kings from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday night it ends what can only be called a disappointing season for the men in black. Prior to the start of the 2010-11 NHL season many experts were looking for the Kings to be this season’s breakout team. High hopes and even higher expectations were bestowed upon the Kings who were thought to be a Stanley Cup favorite early on. The Kings got out of the gate quickly, collecting a record of 9-3 with one overtime loss in October. The Kings followed that up with 5-7 record in November before adding another nine wins in December. While the Kings record looked good on paper, few people felt the Kings looked like a cohesive unit, even fewer felt they were a Stanley Cup team.

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2011 NHL Playoffs: Bruins/Habs to Play Back-to-Back Games

April 25th, 2011 No Comments

With the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing there have been a number of terrific storylines that have emerged. The Nashville Predators moved on to the second round for the first time in franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks are close to an epic failure in their series against the Chicago Blackhawks and there are goaltending controversies in Vancouver and with the Philadelphia Flyers (what else is new?). For the most part, the playoffs have been very dramatic as several series are headed to a seventh game; with a few others still a candidate to do the same. As the playoffs roll along each game gets more important, each game is more of a grind for the players and the injuries start to mount up, which brings into question the NHL’s puzzling scheduling. For example, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: What’s Up with Pekka Rinne?

April 21st, 2011 No Comments

Ahh, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A place where some players ‘bring it’, while others fall well short of the so-called “experts” expectations. Heading into the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs several reports were calling for Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne to have a huge playoff; others were a lot more realistic about his talent and the talents of the team in front of him. Rinne brought a career playoff record of 2-4 to go along with a marginal .911 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.68 into this years playoffs. Needless to say, with those kind of numbers it would be hard to suggest that Rinne was going to catch fire against an offensively explosive team like the Anaheim Ducks, yet there were still some reports out there that suggested Rinne would do exactly that. Through four playoff games

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Power Outage: What’s Wrong With The Bruins Power Play?

April 19th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs many experts were on the fence as to whether or not the Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens would emerge victorious from their first round matchup. The Bruins finished seven points ahead of the Canadiens in the regular season standings, which gave them home ice advantage, scored 30 more goals than the Habs (246-216) and allowed ten less goal than the Canadiens as well. For all intents and purposes, when you looked at the numbers, it appeared, on the surface, that the Bruins had the upper hand in this series. Where the Montreal Canadiens looked to have the upper hand over the Bruins was on special teams, or more specifically, the power play. The Habs owned the seventh best power play during the regular season with a 19.7 percent success rate. The Bruins? They

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2011 NHL Playoffs: P.K. Subban Setting The Bar For All NHL Rookies

April 17th, 2011 No Comments

When Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban arrived on the scene in the in the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Playoffs his presence was instantly felt. Immediately there was an aura surrounding P.K. that few NHL players, never mind a rookie posses. Blessed with great hockey instincts, Subban brings a number of other attributes to the rink on a nightly basis. The most important attribute P.K. brings is confidence, which, judging by his play thus far, has served him very well. P.K. took a lot of criticism from the media and opposing players for his loud (sometimes brash) comments on the ice. While those days do not seem to be completely behind the soon to be 22-year old, it appears as if he has learned a measure of respect for his peers and the ability to turn his back when challenged by his

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2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Boston Bruins/Montreal Canadiens Keys to Victory

April 14th, 2011 No Comments

With the first night of NHL Playoff games in the books our attention will be on a number of games tonight as the 2011 NHL Playoffs continue to evolve. The most anticipated matchup of the night should be the Boston Bruins battle with the Montreal Canadiens, as it already encompasses a number of juicy regular season story lines and one of the most storied rivalries in all of hockey. Let’s face it folks, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have a hate on for each other like few other rivalries, partially based on an early season brawl between the two sides and of course that “little” incident involving Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and Montreal forward Max Pacioretty. History tells us that Montreal holds a 24-8 advantage in playoff series against the Bruins, but with playoff hockey, anything is possible. The

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