2015 Winter Classic pits storied franchise vs league’s best scorer

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The 2015 Winter Classic will be hosted by the nation’s capital as the Washington Capitals face off against the Chicago Blackhawks. The New Year’s Day marquee game will be the first hosted in Washington D.C. It will be the second appearance for each team. Chicago also hosted a Stadium Series game last season.

The Winter Classic is now in it’s 7th edition, and has grown into something much larger than one game.

“I noticed today just counting up, since our first NHL outdoor telecast at Ralph Wilson Stadium, that was seven years ago there have been 110 of these games played,” said Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, NBC’s play-by-play announcer for the Winter Classic. “Hershey Park Stadium, Red Square, nine other countries, Mexico City, and 17 of the 110 have been at Fenway Park.  It has taken on quite a life and each one of them has its own set of memories and I know this one will, too.” [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 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: SOUTHEAST 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 Southeast Division.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish.

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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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Columbus trading Rick Nash: it’s complicated!

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It’s expected that the Columbus Blue Jackets will trade their only true All-Star player and face of the franchise Rick Nash on or before the upcoming NHL Entry Draft on June 22nd.  Rumored trade discussions and speculated trading partners have been flying almost as quickly as trying to keep the hottest of DVDs on a Blockbuster ™store shelf.

And while some pundits and local observers believe this long-speculated trade of Nash is a forgone conclusion and will go down before the draft, I believe that doing so is a lot more complicated than that and I’ll explain why.

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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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Blackhawks Notes: Storylines Heading Into First Preseason Game

The Chicago Blackhawks are headed to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for their first preseason game tomorrow night, where they will play the Edmonton Oilers. The game, while not available on TV in Chicago, is going to be streaming on the Hawks’ official team website, and it will provide fans’ first glimpse into some of the changes that the team has made this off-season.

Big name players like Marian Hossa (who is finally reporting to camp tomorrow after attending Pavol Demitra’s funeral last week, as well as attending the birth of his daughter), Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Patrick Kane will not be making the trip up to Canada, but there is still plenty to pay attention to as the team suits up against an actual opponent for the first time since April:

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Training Camp Primer: Recapping & Grading the Blackhawks’ Offseason

In contrast to the 2010 off-season, the summer of 2011 was a relatively quiet one for the Chicago Blackhawks. Sure, there were still trades that took place and signings galore, but the attachment that fans felt to the players who had so recently won the Stanley Cup made it more difficult to see guys like Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien go to other places.

With more fans tuning in to see what the Blackhawks are up to as they prepare for the regular season, which is only 18 days away, The Sports Bank is here to give you a quick and dirty recap of all the moves that the Blackhawks have made since Alex Burrows swiped the puck from Chris Campoli and scored the series winner that sent Chicago home.

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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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Rangers-Capitals Game 3 Just Gets Better and Better

No doubt, today’s game between the Rangers and the Capitals was one hell of a contest. After 2 mundane games, the Caps led the series 2-0 before the start of Game 3 and it was about time the Rangers brought their game back.

“If we get something good to happen to us, hopefully it goes through the team and allows them to play and feel good about themselves,” John Tortorella said to reporters before the game. “…It’s something you don’t map out, because it’s here [in your head], and no one knows what goes on there, not only individually but collectively. We’ve just got to stay within ourselves, and collectively stay with each other and try to get some good things to happen for us.”

Well they tried, and they succeeded. Good things were happening all over the place in today’s game. And the result? A Rangers win. A last minute (literally) goal by Dubinsky, won the game for New York at 3-2 and the Rangers finally skated off the ice with deserving smiles on their faces.

From broken sticks and injured referees, to disallowed goals and an incredible third period, this game was anything but mundane.

By Harrini Krishnan

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