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Making The Grade: Red Wings’ Olympic Report Cards

The Detroit Red Wings had a solid showing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It’s now time to take a look back on their individual performances and handout some report cards: […]

by · February 23, 2014 · 0 comments · Detroit Red Wings, Olympics
Pittsburgh Penguins' head coach Dan Bylsma put all of his stock in Marc-Andre Fleury before this season began. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

USA Men’s Hockey: Is Dan Bylsma to Blame for Disappointing Finish?

The fall of the USA Men’s Hockey team was a disappointment to everyone involved. It was a “collapse” as defenseman Ryan Sutter put it, a “failure to show up” as […]

by · February 22, 2014 · 6 comments · International Hockey, Olympics
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Olympic Toll, Old Hat For Blackhawks

With the NHL season resuming in less than a week, the Chicago Blackhawks will be returning to a bleaker reality than they’ve grown accustomed to in the past. The time […]

by · February 22, 2014 · 0 comments · Chicago Blackhawks, Olympics
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Why Team Canada Beat Team USA

When the dust settled, it was Team Canada moving on to face Sweden in the gold medal game, having edged the Americans 1-0 in the highly-anticipated semifinal matchup. The score […]

by · February 21, 2014 · 2 comments · International Hockey, Olympics
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Olympic Hockey Problems: Club Team or Country?

Every four years, we as hockey fans cast regional club team allegiances aside in order to embrace patriotism at the Winter Olympic hockey tournament. Watching NHL players at the Games […]

by · February 21, 2014 · 2 comments · Olympics
The Olympics' best players come from the NHL (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Olympic Medal Round Provides Pressure Test For Young Avs

Do you hear that  *sigghh* coming from the Rocky Mountains?  No, it isn’t the Westerlies coming to give us a bite of wind chill; it’s the collective exhale of the […]

by · February 20, 2014 · 0 comments · Colorado Avalanche, Olympics
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The Olympic Effect

Is there an Olympic Effect on NHL players? There’s been much debate about having NHL players participate in the Olympics.  Obviously, shutting down the National Hockey League for nearly a […]

by · February 20, 2014 · 2 comments · News/Commentary, Olympics
Islanders fans certainly weren't pleased when seeing this image on their computer or TV screens during the 2014 Olympics, but could Tavares' injury benefit the Islanders somehow?

John Tavares’ Injury Adds Fuel to Olympic Debate

John Tavares, torn MCL and torn meniscus; out for season. Patrice Bergeron, hit in the torso with a puck; left game, but would eventually come back. Henrik Zetterberg, injured back; […]

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Anton Belov and the Defence of Team Russia

When penning a post-mortem of Russia’s painful exit from the Olympic games, you could point to any one of the main issues that plagued the team: underperforming stars, questionable systematic […]

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Will Underdog Status Be An Advantage For Team Canada?

If you’re the American hockey team at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, you’re probably feeling pretty good right now. After all, the USA breezed through the preliminary round with relative […]

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Olympic Takeaways for the New York Rangers

The New York Rangers were among the top in the league, sending seven players to Sochi. For the most part, this can be seen as a point of pride. The […]

by · February 20, 2014 · 0 comments · New York Rangers, Olympics
Valeri Nichushkin has earned praise from Lindy Ruff as of late, and the rookie winger has certainly justified such sentiments with his play. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Predicting Every Olympic Nation’s Future Face

The Winter Olympics aren’t usually the time for breakout performances from young players. Given the best-on-best format and the size of the stage, it’s rare to see a teen or […]

by · February 19, 2014 · 3 comments · International Hockey, Olympics