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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Chicago Blackhawks get lucky in facing the Wild next

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The Chicago Blackhawks dispatched the St. Louis Blues much like the way a body dispatches a St. Paul sandwich: quickly. Their reward is facing the Minnesota Wild. The wannabe North Stars eliminated the defensively inept Colorado Avalanche, who despite winning the newly arranged Central Division, regressed in time for when the lights shone brightest upon them.

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Chicago Blackhawks Fans: Don’t fear the pig in lipstick

Breant Seabrook

The Chicago Blackhawks outshot, outplayed, out-chanced the Colorado Avalanche and still lost 5-1. A loss like that is not the way you want to start the yearly “Circus Trip.”

Colorado has been an interesting team through the first quarter of the NHL season. Their hot start has been credited in large part to new head coach and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. The young players are playing well past expectations, and their equally young goaltender Semyon Varlamov is playing like an all-world netminder. [Read more…]

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 Western 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 Western Conference.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish in the race for a playoff spot out west.

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Blackhawks First Semester Report Card: Serious Cup Contender?

Toews needs to keep his scoring touch going.

With Friday’s 4-0 loss at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Blackhawks reached the 41-game mark of their season, meaning that half their campaign has come to an end. While the old adage of “time flies when you’re having fun” certainly can apply to a big chunk of those games, the same cannot be said about the way the Hawks ended this stretch of schedule.

Despite being only one point out of the lead in the Central Division, the Hawks have been reeling as of late, dealing with injuries to players like Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador and also losing three games in a row, at least two of which would have been deemed winnable just by looking at the schedule. Falling to the Oilers, Flyers, and Avalanche may not be a season killer by any stretch, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for a team that is going to be getting into a very road-heavy portion of their schedule in the coming weeks. [Read more…]

2011-12 NHL Northwest Division Rankings and Fantansy Projections

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The 2011-12 NHL season is already under way, and the action on the ice is already heating up.  After a summer filled with lots of on and off ice movement, but also  much  tragedy, the hockey world looks towards a new quest toward Lord Stanley’s Cup.  How do the teams in each division compare to one another?  Who will be the big fantasy players this season?  We take a division by division look at the 2011-12 NHL season.   Let’s take a look at the Northwest Division after the jump.

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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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2011 Mock NHL Draft (Draft Day Edition)

 

 

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2011 MOCK NHL ENTRY DRAFT (Draft Day Edition)


The day is finally here!  The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is tonight, live from the Xcel Energy Center in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota.  Thursday saw the start of what could be the first of many big time deals to come, when the Philadelphia Flyers made multiple trades to reshape their roster and create cap space to sign Ilya Bryzgalov to a huge contract.  I will be on hand to see all the picks go down, as well as all the deals that will go down while teams are on the clock.  Who will go where?  Who else will make a bold move like the Flyers, Kings, and Blue Jackets?  Find out with the final mock NHL draft from The Sports Bank.  For all the first round picks, click on through past the jump.

 

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2010 NHL Playoff Study Guide

by Bryan Vickroy

Game on!!!  The greatness that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs has arrived for everyone to revel in.  The most exciting hockey of the year, coupled with the most intense drama in sports allows us to enjoy hockey well into the summer.  This  years cast of characters include some regulars, along with some new stars looking to shine for the first time on the big stage.  The grandeur of the Olympic tournament raised the stakes, and viewership, for the game.  This is the time to capitalize on it.  The following is a quick overview of the important factors in the chase for the Cup.  Because, admit it, you haven’t kept track of anything, it is hockey after all.  So enjoy the next few months, enjoy these facts, and attempt to benefit from them if you dare.  As study guide salesman Nelson Muntz says, “I can’t be held responsible for a few bad apples.” One team is sixteen wins away from glory.  Who will it be?

8 Things to Watch in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Western Conference

by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

Sure, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs started two days ago and sure Vick and I could have made you aware of these tidbits of knowledge prior to game 1 of 7 of the 8 first round series, but we didn’t. Just consider that we put a little more effort and research into our analysis than anyone else (not that we did, just tell yourself that as you read them).

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