Islanders Look To Make Another Statement

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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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Chicago Blackhawks Playoffs Most Wanted

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The Chicago Blackhawks have had their hands full through three games against the Boston Bruins. While the series is not over, it is safe to say that game four is a must-win for Chicago. In 25 series that have been tied after two games, the team that won game three has gone on to win 21 of them. That is a pretty telling stat, but not a forgone conclusion.

What/who has been to blame for Chicago’s woes? Give credit to Boston for playing their bruising game, but the Blackhawks have dug their own ditch, as well.

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Jimmy Fallon fans whine about overtime hockey game on Twitter

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The Jimmy Fallon’s show “Late Night” was pushed back because of the triple overtime game one thriller between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Needless to say, fans of Fallon were not thrilled.

They don’t care that it’s Stanley Cup Final game one:

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Chicago Blackhawks to lose in Cup Finals, according to fans

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The Chicago Blackhawks have lost the Stanley Cup Finals! Zero games played, no shots taken, and no parade through Boston has happened. Still, the Blackhawks have no chance to beat Boston.

Chicago hockey fans have been blessed with a talented team that won the President’s trophy, set the record for consecutive games without a regulation loss to start a season, and came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the rival Detroit Red Wings. All of this happened in less than six months, making the shortened 2013 season special. A second Cup in four years may be expected, and should as it is the ultimate goal.

That being said, it is time to fold up the tents and head home because Boston swept the vaunted Pittsburgh Penguins.

*Face palm*

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2013 NHL Season Predictions and Projections

 

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out what you need to know about every team in the NHL for the upcoming season, this time predicting how the season will play out, and who will be in the playoffs.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish in the race for the Stanley Cup, including who will take home Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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2013 NHL Eastern Conference Preview and Projections

 

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out what you need to know about every team in the NHL for the upcoming season, this time featuring the Eastern Conference.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish in the race for a playoff spot out east.

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Final 2012 Mock NHL Entry Draft

 

While the Los Angeles Kings, and their millions of fans who just jumped on the bandwagon, celebrate the team’s first Stanley Cup championship, the other 29 teams in the league are gearing up for next season.  The top priority of these teams:  the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  The draft takes place June 22 and 23 from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  With the Edmonton Oilers winning the draft lottery, they will select the first pick for the third straight year, the first time since the Quebec Nordiques of 1989-91.  Who will the Oilers take? Who will everyone else select?  To find out, continue after the jump.

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2012 Mock NHL Entry Draft 1.0

 

While the Los Angeles Kings, and their millions of fans who just jumped on the bandwagon, celebrate the team’s first Stanley Cup championship, the other 29 teams in the league are gearing up for next season.  The top priority of these teams:  the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  The draft takes place June 22 and 23 from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  With the Edmonton Oilers winning the draft lottery, they will select the first pick for the third straight year, the first time since the Quebec Nordiques of 1989-91.  Who will the Oilers take? Who will everyone else select?  To find out, continue after the jump.

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Stanley Cup MVP Declines Obama White House Visit Due to Political Differences

Saturday’s Three Stars: Bruins Top Hawks in Cup Champs Bowl

The last two Stanley Cup champions met at the United Center on Saturday night, but it was Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins who had the last laugh as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Bryan Bickell and Patrick Kane scored goals for the Hawks, and Tim Thomas made 27 saves and stopped all three Chicago shootout attempts to grab the victory for the defending champs.

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Blackhawks Notes: Crawford Injured, Stalberg & Smith Progressing?

While the Blackhawks will not take the ice in earnest again until Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, there are several news updates that have come out in the past few days.

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Who has the Most Accurate NHL Mock Draft?

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When it comes to grading a mock draft? You can do that as soon as the draft ends. And one website, DC Pro Sports Report, has done just that. They ranked every single NHL mock on the web, and take a look at who the #1 non-Canadian is.

Here are your TOP THREE:

1.  Adam Kimelman, NHL.com – 7 Correct

2.  Franchise Montreal (Rick Springhetti) – 6 Correct

3.  The Sports Bank – 5 Correct

Like I’ve said before, The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, non-corporate sports media site that has a mock draft for all of the four biggest sports team leagues. And we had the most accurate hockey mock draft among all American mock draftniks.

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