Archive for March 28th, 2012

Henrik Samuelsson (Slapshots Photography/THW)

2012 NHL Mock Draft: March Madness Edition (Picks 16-30)

  The actual 2012 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22nd-23rd in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Every year it seems I contemplate whether or not to go through the intriguing yet […]

Jason Zucker: From the WCHA to the State of Hockey

Jason Zucker: From the WCHA to the State of Hockey

With the Minnesota Wild missing out on post-season play once again, the team decided that it was time to give Jason Zucker a chance to showcase his talents at the […]

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Phoenix Looking For Help On Wednesday Night

The Phoenix Coyotes experienced a fairly disastrous weekend losing in a shootout to San Jose and then getting blanked by St Louis all while watching teams around them win games. […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Phoenix Coyotes
Steven Stamkos

Steven Stamkos and the Quest for 60 Goals

  Throughout a difficult season for the Tampa Bay Lighting center Steven Stamkos has been scoring goals at a record pace. He eclipsed the team record (held by Vincent Lecavalier) […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals
Dallas on a hot streak (Ric Tapia/Icon SMI)

The Pacific: The NHL’s Tightest Division

It is becoming an annual affair: the Pacific Division is the league’s pressure-cooker.

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With six games remaining, some important decisions looming for Claude Julien and the Boston Bruins

It might be safe to say that out of the six Eastern Conference teams still in the hunt for the playoffs, the Boston Bruins have the most difficult schedule of remaining regular season games. The Bruins will first host the 9th seed Washington Capitals, just two points out of playoff contention before heading to New York for back-to-back games against the all-but-eliminated Islanders and a Rangers team which they’re winless against this season. After that, the Bruins will come back home to play the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins, travel to Ottawa to face the team closest to catching them for the Northeast Division lead and close out the season back in Boston against the Buffalo Sabres who are 7-1-2 in their last ten games.

A bit daunting when you think about how inconsistent the Bruins have been at times during the season, eh?

The good news is that the Bruins could potentially clinch a playoff spot in their next game with a win or overtime loss against Washington on Thursday. The bad news is that the division, along with their potential first round opponent, is far from being decided. Pair that with some tough decisions that Boston coach Claude Julien will face regarding starting goaltending and resting key players and you have to think: this will not be an easy two weeks for the Boston Bruins.

by · March 28, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins, Uncategorized
How the Kings Landed on the Playoff Bubble

How the Kings Landed on the Playoff Bubble

Life in the Pacific Division can be very confusing these days.  A team can wake up one Saturday, happy-go-lucky, and sitting in 1st place in the division and 3rd place […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Los Angeles Kings
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Will John Tavares Get to 82pts?

With the season nearing its conclusion, most Islanders fans have already turned the page and are looking forward to next season.  That feeling is certainly a common occurence on Long […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · New York Islanders
Jarome Iginla looks forward to representing Canada in Vancouver after scoring 6 goals and 13 points in his last 10 games (Stu Switzer/Flickr).

How did the Calgary Flames get backed into this corner?

THE STATS LINE 35-27-15 record [20th overall (in points percentage)] 2.44 goals-for per game [25th overall] 2.64 goals-against per game [15th overall] 18.1% power-play success rate [13th overall] 83.7% penalty-kill […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
Sabres, Caps faceoff in pivotal matchup late in the season (Tom Turk/THW)

Sabres Beat Caps in D.C., Playoffs Inching Farther Away for Washington

Few would have predicted late March’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals to feature playoff implications, but with the Caps and Sabres tied with 84 points before their […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals
Francis Menard joined the Guelph Storm out of Notre Dame's Midget AAA program in 2009.  He tallied 46 points and 68 penalty minutes in his first two OHL seasons.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Francis Menard Weathering the Storm in Guelph

Over the years, there have been hockey teams who have found themselves laden with a roster that does not garner as much fanfare as others.  In the OHL, the Guelph […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, National Juniors, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
Ilya Bryzgalov will look to bounce back in 2012-13 (Icon SMI)

Evaluating the Flyers Possible Playoff Matchups

The Flyers might be in a tough spot when the NHL playoffs come around in a few weeks. With the New Jersey Devils 4 points behind them, and the Flyers […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Philadelphia Flyers