Archive for April 9th, 2012

The Bruins and Capitals meet tonight in Boston. Photo Credit: Flickr/Slidingsideways (CC)

Capitals will present challenges for Bruins

Everyone is picking the Boston Bruins over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. Almost unanimously, in fact.

The reason behind each of these picks is the same, too—the Capitals, essentially, aren’t the same feared team they were in years past. If you factor in Washington’s ho-hum record during the regular season and the fact that their goaltending situation is a sort of carousel that would make the Philadelphia Flyers blush, than I guess it would make sense to pick the Bruins over the Capitals.

Me? I’m not sold yet. I might not be sold at all, actually.

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Can History Repeat Itself For the 3rd Time? Sharks vs Blues

So as it goes, after 82 games, the San Jose Sharks have made the post season and once again will take on the St. Louis Blues. Ask old school Sharks […]

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · San Jose Sharks, St Louis Blues
Andy Andreoff of the Oshawa Generals.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Top 10 Underrated OHL Overagers of 2011-12 Picks 5 to 3

5. Marc-Anthony Zanetti – A fifth-round pick in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, 100th overall, to the Ottawa 67′s, Richmond Hill native Marc-Anthony Zanetti found himself in a logjam on the blueline with his prospective major junior team in his first year of major junior eligibility.

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
Dynamo Moscow to play Avangard in Gagarin Cup Final

Dynamo Moscow to play Avangard in Gagarin Cup Final

I had just finished writing about how the Kontinental Hockey League lacked parity when top-seeded SKA St. Petersburg fell in the Western Conference. That was followed one day later by […]

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey, KHL
While talented, the Pittsburgh Penguins appear as a team prepared for the start of the Playoffs. (Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE)

Pittsburgh Penguins: 2012 Playoff Edition

This is a Guest Post by Robert Bello The Penguins concluded the 2011-12 season by winning the crucial last 3 games in a row, beating the #2 Seed Bruins and […]

Quick's solid play can only carry the Kings so far down the stretch (Photo by Mike Burns).

Kings’ Quick for Vezina…and Hart?

In the 3 days that span the gap between the NHL regular season and the playoffs, writers will inundate the internet with playoff matchups and analysis.  They will also submit […]

by · April 9, 2012 · 5 comments · Los Angeles Kings
Mike Cammalleri - playing like losers (Icon SMI)

Flames finish strong, worsen draft position

THE STATS LINE 37-29-16 record [17th overall (in points percentage)] 2.43 goals-for per game [24th overall] 2.65 goals-against per game [14th overall] 17.7% power-play success rate [13th overall] 84.3% penalty-kill […]

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Calgary Flames
A prospective players' league would likely need to offer star players, like Sidney Crosby, NHL-competitive money. (Jeanine Leech/ Icon SMI)

2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff First Round Predictions

The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are finally upon us with action beginning this week. You know what that means: Time for the annual first round predictions to appear. Without further adieu, you are presented with first round predictions made by yours truly…

Is Dion Phaneuf the leader the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking for? (Icon SMI)

Maple Leafs Panel: 2011-2012 Leafs Awards

The panel gives their thoughts on the Leafs’ MVP, best defenceman, best forward, most improved and most surprising in the season finale edition…

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
Nicklas Backstrom (Tom Turk / THW)

Bruins vs. Capitals Series Preview, Part II: Even-Strength

  The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals will meet Thursday in game one of their seven-game Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Caps won three of four meetings between the clubs […]

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Previews and Predictions, Washington Capitals