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Hurricanes Respond to the Woodshed

Hurricanes Respond to the Woodshed

February 15th, 2018 The Carolina Hurricanes seem to need the woodshed. At least that's what it looked like given their recent play. After the team exhibited a brutal lack of effort in both their home games against the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, head coach Bill Peters took the team to the verbal...
Hurricanes Feel Painful Consequences of Losing

Hurricanes Feel Painful Consequences of Losing

February 12th, 2018 It's not too early for the Carolina Hurricanes to gloss every game as "must-win." In fact, this season has had that feel for quite some time, maybe even as early as December. The logjam that has been the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference has placed a sense of urgency on most of its...

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February 18th, 2018
Chicago Blackhawks

Looking at the list of players selected in the 2008 draft, the amount of longtime NHLers is appalling. While the Blackhawks clearly did something right in the few years leading up to the 2010-2015 run, that run may have been extended had they made a few different draft selections in 2008, especially in the first round. While it's easy to look back 10 years later, it's also interesting to think about what could have been. So, how should the draft have gone by the Blackhawks? First Round - Karlsson With the 11th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks drafted Kyle Beach. Who? Kyle Beach did not play one NHL game in his career, ever. He is one of only four players selected in the first round of the 2008 Draft to never reach the NHL. In fact, 13 of the 30 players selected have played over 500 career games in the NHL. The closest Beach ever got to the NHL was AHL games with the Rockford Ice Hogs and the Hartford Wolf Pack. This draft selection will forever be known as one of...
February 18th, 2018
Vancouver Canucks

To win a Stanley Cup in today’s NHL requires a dynamic core of elite young players. In order to forecast an organization’s future, it is important to examine the franchise’s key players under the age of 25. The young talent in-house is a good place to start when determining where the team is trending. Go ahead and look back in recent memory to perennial cup contenders and see that the Chicago Blackhawks had Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook. The Los Angeles Kings had Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, and Dustin Brown. Hell, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby in consecutive years (throw Kris Letang in the third round of the Crosby draft as well). Those were extremely high-end young pieces to build a winning roster around. It is a valuable exercise to evaluate where the Vancouver Canucks stand in terms of their young core, in order to see which direction the organization is heading. The...
February 18th, 2018
Nashville Predators

At the beginning of the season, I thought goaltending was going to be the biggest issue for the Nashville Predators. Many fans were left questioning if Pekka Rinne was too old and over the hill or if Juuse Saros was ready to take over the mantle and become a true starting goaltender. Nevertheless, we all waited patiently for the season to begin and for our questions to be answered. The season came and as games went by, one thing became apparent. Goaltending is far from the issue with the Nashville Predators, and, if anything, it's been the only consistent this season. The worst part is that the goalies are rarely receiving any help, whether it's from the offense or defense. Let's take a deep dive into how little assistance Rinne is getting on both ends of the ice, and whether or not the wins can keep coming in these situations. The Defensive Zone The Nashville Predators boast the most talented defense in the NHL, and, while it's close, no other top four compares. P.K. Subban...
February 18th, 2018
Pittsburgh Penguins

Repeating as Stanley Cup champions is very difficult. The Pittsburgh Penguins are back-to-back defending Stanley Cup Champions. That in and of itself is quite the accomplishment. But, as the season progresses, these questions are suddenly legitimate: "Is a third in a row possible?" "Is it even realistic to ponder a three-peat?" The answer is a resounding, "Yes." Despite the challenges of injury and the grind that is the National Hockey League's regular season, the Penguins are once again hanging around, very likely to earn in a playoff spot. Once in the playoffs, anything can happen, including the Pens winning a third Stanley Cup championship in a row. With 25 games left to play, the Penguins are holding second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Metro has been crazy, tight and clumped together all season. At times a team could be in last place, and at the same time, also be only one or two points out of a wild card position. It would not be a stretch to say that...