The Chicago Blackhawks captured their second Stanley Cup in four years. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Stanley Cup Favourites Heading Into February

Last year, there were seven elite teams that seemed to be on another level than the rest of the league. The great thing about hockey is that none of those […]

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5 Musts for Sharks to Go from Pretenders to Contenders

As those of you who have followed me all season are probably aware, I’ve soured on the Sharks. Every year prior to this one my thought process was that this would […]

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California Dreamin': Blackhawks Travel West Seeking Consistency

The festivities are finally over. January has been a distraction-filled month for the Chicago Blackhawks, who’ve struggled to a 5-5-0 record and lost ground in the Central Division race over […]

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Sharks Might be Better Served Missing the Playoffs

Bitter Sweet Streak Given their up and down season, the San Jose Sharks might actually be better served to miss the playoffs altogether. It would mean the end to a […]

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Doug Wilson Due for a Deadline Splash

Wilson Waiting in the Weeds? With the way 2014-15 has gone for the San Jose Sharks, making a trade deadline splash probably isn’t the wisest move. While personnel decisions clearly […]

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What-If: A Season-Ending Story

Can Jakub Voracek keep up his 100-point pace and win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer this season? Time will tell, but next to nobody envisioned his […]

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Western Conference Playoff Contenders and Pretenders

After I broke down who the contenders and pretenders in the Eastern Conference, it’s time to turn our focus to the other side of the continent. The Central division clearly […]

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Can Devils Rebound vs Sharks?

Both the Devils (16-22-8) and Sharks (24-16-6) will be looking to rebound after losses as the New Jersey Devils fell in a poor effort to the Anaheim Ducks 5-1. The […]

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Eastern Conference Playoff Contenders and Pretenders

As the All-Star break approaches, the NHL playoff race is beginning to heat up. A bad streak of losses, such as the Minnesota Wild are enduring, can effectively ruin the […]

by · January 18, 2015 · 11 comments · Previews and Predictions
While Devan Dubnyk struggled in his last season in Edmonton, he has regained his form with the help of Sean Burke. (Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports)

West Versus East Makes All the Difference When Canes Contest Canada

For many, many years, the Western Conference teams have had a winning record against Eastern Conference teams. According to NHL.com, it’s been that way since the 05-06 season. There are […]

Schwartz led the Blues with a plus-28 last season (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Preview: Leafs Head West on Important Road Trip

The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing streak Friday with a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was the team’s first victory and their second game since […]

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False Narratives: Joe Pavelski’s Impact Decreases at Center

Many of you already know I’m a big proponent of Joe Pavelski playing his natural center position. Truthfully, the topic of Pavelski centering his own line has well been beaten […]