Archive for the ‘NHL’ category

Kings vs. Sharks: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup

April 12th, 2014
For the second straight year, the battle of California will rage between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Sharks and Kings have met in the postseason just twice in the history of their franchises, but both times happened in the last three ...

NHL Playoff Standings 2014: Updated Info and Ranking Top Cup Contenders

April 12th, 2014
Even though a couple of days remain in the NHL regular season, all 16 playoff berths have already been secured. The only question left to answer is how the matchups will shake out for the first round under the new postseason format. The top team in each division will take on ...

Ryan Malone Arrested on DUI, Cocaine Possession Charges

April 12th, 2014
A trying season for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone got even worse Saturday morning as the 34-year-old was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession. According to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, the arrest occurred at 5:40 a.m. ET in Tampa. It remains to ...

Ranking the Top 10 Comebacks in the 2013-14 NHL Season

April 12th, 2014
The NHL annually awards the Masterton Trophy to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game. The award often goes to a player who overcame career-threatening obstacles to continue his career. Such comebacks often inspire teammates and fans alike. This season has provided several examples of player ...

5 Keys to a Montreal Canadiens’ 1st-Round Victory vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

April 12th, 2014
At this point, the Montreal Canadiens know little else aside from the fact that they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. That, at least, is certain beyond a shadow of a doubt. However, home ice is still up for grabs. Whom ...

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Schedule Analysis and Predictions for Top Performers

April 12th, 2014
It has been quite the season for NHL fans with brutal divisional battles and bitter rivalries—not to mention some Olympic action for good measure—but the postseason promises to be the icing on the cake. Armed to the teeth with superstars and a new head-scratching format, the 2014 iteration of the Stanley ...

How Dallas Stars’ Youth Movement Paid off with a Surprise Playoff Berth

April 12th, 2014
A little more than a year ago, it looked as if the Dallas Stars were giving up on the season and the short-term future. Despite still being in a playoff hunt in a jammed Western Conference, they shipped captain Brenden Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and veterans Jaromir Jagr to the ...

Which NHL General Managers Should Follow Mike Gillis into Unemployment?

April 11th, 2014
When the Vancouver Canucks fired general manager Mike Gillis earlier this week, it was easy to look at the negatives. Vancouver has stumbled badly this season, and Gillis' maladroit handling of a complex goaltending situation may have been a firing offence all on its own. But for all that, Gillis also ...

The Top Storylines to Follow in Final Days of the 2013-14 NHL Season

April 11th, 2014
As the 2013-14 NHL regular season enters its final weekend, it's a good time to take stock of the season and start looking toward the playoffs. The individual statistical races are locked up. Sidney Crosby has a 16-point lead over Ryan Getzlaf for the NHL scoring title and will be the ...

NHL Veteran Ryan Smyth Set to Retire After 18-Year Career

April 11th, 2014
According to the Canadian Press (h/t Sportsnet.ca), longtime Edmonton Oiler and 18-year NHL veteran Ryan Smyth announced on Friday that he will be retiring at season's end. Smyth was drafted by Edmonton back in 1994 and spent all but four of his 18 seasons in an Oilers uniform. The Oilers' official Twitter ...