NY Islanders: early season dominance fading away


All good things come to an end.

It’s a little dramatic but I’m purposely exaggerating what’s been going on with the Islanders since the second period of last Saturday’s home matinee against the St. Louis Blues. By the end of the first period, the Islanders were up 3-0 and it appeared their November dominance was not going to be halted in December. I mean, the Blues are one of the best teams in a western conference that looks unbeatable right now. But that’s exactly it-

the Islanders became complacent and the final 40 minutes was all Blues, all the time in a 6-4 loss.

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Islanders Look To Make Another Statement

John Tavares

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s November and that the New York Islanders should be in the midst of some sort of record-setting losing streak. Well thanks to the additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on October fourth, plus the recently stellar play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak and secondary scoring that has been there all season, the Islanders are playing like the best team in all of New York.

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Hockey Sticks 101

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The game of hockey is an awesome sport and especially the hockey stick. It is a focal point in the game. What happens if a hockey stick breaks? Hockey would not be hockey without the puck and the stick, right? Let’s learn more on the role and rules of the stick.

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Former Blackhawks D Brent Sopel keeps dream alive in Chicago

Brent Sopel, Chicago Wolves

Courtesy of the Chicago Wolves

Brent Sopel is playing hockey again in Chicago. It isn’t with the obvious team, either. The Calgary, Alberta native officially signed with the Chicago Wolves on October 10, and has played in each of the team’s first four games. After a three year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League, Sopel decided it was time to return to North America.

The 37-year old Sopel is now in his 19th season of professional hockey. He was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Sopel has played for six NHL teams, including the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. By that point in his career, he was not looked at to carry a defensive corps like he was earlier in his career. Regardless, Brent Sopel did what was asked of him and became a fan-favorite. [Read more…]

Minnesota Wild: your 2014-15 NHL sleeper?

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The NHL season begins tonight and one of the teams that could be poised to take the next step is the Minnesota Wild. There’s obstructions aplenty in the Western Conference; the stronger of the two. Sports Illustrated picked Chicago to win it all. Los Angeles is pick by some to repeat. No team was more aggressive this offseason than Anaheim.

St. Louis and Colorado will be very strong as well. Did the Minnesota Wild make enough improvements this offseason?

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Will the L.A. Kings repeat as Stanley Cup champs?

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The L.A. Kings have arrived finally. No one is denying that. Los Angeles has two titles in the past three years. But can the L.A. Kings truly become a dynasty? NBC’s lead team of NHL experts doesn’t think it’s going to happen for them this year. The NHL on NBC’s lead announce team of Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Mike “Doc” Emrick were on conference call for national media covering the NHL.

(and the L.A. Kings too)

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Detroit Red Wings: What are realistic expectations?


The NHL on NBC’s lead announce team of Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Mike “Doc” Emrick were on conference call for national media covering the NHL.

One topic that came up are the Midwestern traditional powerhouse, the Detroit Red Wings.

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VIDEO: Hilary Knight makes history with Anaheim Ducks


Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy enjoyed having Hilary Knight at practice yesterday saying she was “the best in the world.”

Yes, that Hilary Knight, the USA Women’s hockey star trained with the Anaheim Ducks. The two time Olympic silver medal-winner became the first female skater to practice with an NHL team. She will play in the Four Nations Cup in British Columbia starting Nov. 4. Knight and the U.S. team will compete against Finland, Sweden, and Canada.

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Anaheim Ducks: no NHL team was more aggressive

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The Anaheim Ducks are on the hot seat. They went all in this summer and giving their investments, expectations are sky high.

The NHL on NBC’s lead announce team of Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Mike “Doc” Emrick were on conference call for national media covering the NHL.

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Boston Bruins: your 2015 Stanley Cup favorites?


Can the Los Angeles Kings repeat at Stanley Cup Champs? That would be three in four years. Or is time for the Boston Bruins to drink from the Cup of Life again? It would be two in three years, if Boston can past whoever comes out of a very loaded Western Conference, it would be two out of the last three titles for the Bruins.

The NHL on NBC’s lead announce team of Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Mike “Doc” Emrick were on conference call for national media covering the NHL.

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NY Islanders legitimize themselves with additions on defense

Johnny Boychuk

The New York Islanders failed to build off of a 2012-13 run to the playoffs by failing to improve their defense and replace their aging goaltender. The 2013-14 season was frustrating for the Islanders organization as the team fell right back into a lottery draft selection. And they did so even after trading for star winger Thomas Vanek, and wasting what will be a 2015 first round pick on a player who walked away in the offseason.

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Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Hayes win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes

Former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes

The Chicago Blackhawks are the latest team to gain a draft pick by losing one. Over the weekend, the time period to sign 2010 1st round draft pick Kevin Hayes ended with no resolution. Therefore, Hayes is allowed to sign anywhere he wants.

Good for Hayes and good for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kevin Hayes has every right to bet on himself. He is also allowed to do so based on the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. Hayes is allowed as a college-bound and graduated player to either sign with the team that took the chance on drafting him, or waits out the time period allotted to sign with another team.

Kevin Hayes is now allowed to sign an entry-level contract with whomever he feels gives to the best chance to play. Winning may not be high on his list of reasons to sign with a team considering two of the favorites to sign Hayes are the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche. Calgary appears poised for a run at the first overall draft pick in 2015 and Colorado should regress in the arguably the best division in the NHL. [Read more…]