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: What to expect going forward

Patrick Sharp

Thank God the Chicago Blackhawks and NHL are back. The lackluster Winter Olympics hockey tournament will give way to what really matters: the push towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks are in very good position to make another run at the Cup, but there are a few things to take note of prior to the postseason.

The Hawks head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers in an Original Six matchup Thursday evening. The game will be Chicago’s first game since breaking for the Olympics. The one thing to watch for in this game is how well the 10 Chicago Blackhawks who went to Sochi look back on North American soil. The Rangers will be without Olympian winger Mats Zuccarello because of a hand injury he sustained in Russia. [Read more…]

Team Canada hockey preview: Repeat or bust

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Winning gold on home ice was expected. Now is the time to show how dominant the Team Canada hockey program can be. Even with their 2010 gold, Hockey Canada has failed to medal in two of the previous four Winter Olympics. For pretty much any other team, that is acceptable. For Canada? An embarrassment.

The Canadian talent pool is by far the deepest in the world. As Canada’s sport, the team up north could easily play two teams in the Olympics and win medals with both squads. The list of “snubs” is deeper than the rosters for the bottom feeder teams in the round-robin tournament.

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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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2013 NHL PREVIEW: ATLANTIC DIVISION

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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 Atlantic Division.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish.

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Fighting in the NHL playoffs on the rise

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I don’t know too much about the NHL and hardly pay attention to it all season, even the playoffs.

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators game endures worst National Anthems pair (video)

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Are you ready for the most horrible attempts at both the American and Canadian National Anthems ever? There’s been worst renditions of each song at a sporting event, but you won’t find a worse combo platter of these two at a hockey game.

The fans at the Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game had to endure the closest thing to a human singing version of Miss Piggy you’ll ever see.

Check out Sidney Crosby trying to hold in his laughter at the (0.21) mark.

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How the NHL Can Increase Its Fan Base

Coming off the Winter Classic on January 2nd, NHL executives are looking to capitalize on the increased viewership of the novelty game and build on it. The contest had nearly fifty thousand fans in attendance along with a national audience on NBC. The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers provided an entertaining afternoon of action culminating with a penalty shot near the end of regulation.

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Philadelphia Flyers Fans Boo Anti-Cancer Video, NHL Stars in It

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Booing Santa Claus, throwing batteries, “winning” the 2009 Daily Show New York vs. Philly sports fan “Douche-off” cheering for crippling injuries; this is what lies on the resume of the Philadelphia sports fan.

And now this: brutally booing a promo trying to fund research to fight cancer.

During Wednesday night’s Philadelphia Flyers home game against the Vancouver Canucks, the arena played a Hockey Fights Cancer commercial between periods.

Featured in the video are three NHL superstars: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.

All of them loudly booed by a noticeable group of fans, even though all they were doing was simply asking for support in the fight against cancer in the video.

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With NHL’s Superstar Missing the All-Star Game, Who Will Shine?

Only 23 years old and he’s already got a Stanley Cup, two Messier Leadership Awards, a Rocket Richard trophy, an Art Ross, a Lester Pearson, a Hart Memorial and has been an All-Star since the first one in 2007. Not to mention, he was the youngest player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season and has had the prestige of two Lou Marsh trophies in his career.

Don’t get me wrong; I am anything but a die-hard Crosby fan. To me, he’ll always be the whiney, overpublicized player, who likes to take dives every now and then. But I give credit where credit is due. Face it hockey fans, Sidney Crosby is Superman on ice.

But looks like this year, Superman’s out of the game with a nasty concussion. The 2011 NHL All-Star Game will proceed with captains Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.

So with NHL’s superstar out of the game, who will shine through?

By Harrini Krishnan

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NHL Eastern Conference Midterm Assessments

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Early in the season, I provided my predictions as to how I thought the NHL Eastern Conference would pan out.

While I fared pretty well in my mid-season assessment of the NHL Western Conference predictions, I learned two things in assessing how I did in previewing the Eastern Conference: I should stick to covering the Western Conference, and I really needed to assess the impact of the Kovalchuck signing as to its fit with the Devils’ style of play. Then again, who really saw that coming? It apparently wasn’t Louie Lamoriello either.

In a manner similar to assessing my Western Predictions I will provide a brief synopsis of what I predicted for the respective Eastern team, how they are currently faring, and what the rest of the season may or may not hold for the team.

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8 Things to Watch in The Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference

by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

Click here to read the Western Conference edition

Bryan and Peter are back to provide some poignant (albeit a little tardy) insight into the recently started Stanley Cup playoffs. Sit back, crack open a Molson Ice and enjoy, eh?

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