Archive for the ‘NHL’ category

Pittsburgh Penguins Defense Will Help Team Overcome Pascal Dupuis’ Absence

November 22nd, 2014
For decades, the Pittsburgh Penguins' template for success was to rely on skilled skaters to outscore the opposition. This season, Pittsburgh has added a strong defensive component to its arsenal. A commitment to playing well on both sides of the puck should help the Penguins keep winning games despite the absence ...

Everything About Not Saluting Fans Is Stupid but It May Work for the Maple Leafs

November 21st, 2014
For those about to read, we salute you. There's nothing quite like controversies surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs, because they are this theatrical mix of comedy and tragedy, and the latest is no different. In what was a blatant middle finger to their fans, specifically the ones who have been tossing jerseys ...

Early Look at the Top NHL Trade Deadline Targets in 2014-15

November 21st, 2014
NHL teams are beginning to assess their chances of making the postseason in 2014-15. If it looks like they're going to be outside the playoffs, that means upcoming free agents may be made available leading up to the trade deadline. It's difficult to know which teams are going to be selling ...

5 Reasons the Nashville Predators Are Real Stanley Cup Contenders This Season

November 21st, 2014
The Nashville Predators are in first place in the Central Division. Let that one sink in—the Nashville Predators. Not the Chicago Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche, the St. Louis Blues, the—oh, you get the point. Forget that they have a new first line, their first new head coach in 15 years or a 24-year-old defenseman ...

Why RW Loui Eriksson Is a Keeper for the Boston Bruins in 2014-15

November 21st, 2014
Considering his recent production, among other factors, it is a curious time for anybody to propose trading Loui Eriksson. Yet that is exactly what one Boston Bruins beat reporter and pundit has done within the last week. Three days after Eriksson notched his 10th point in 18 games this season, Joe ...

Without Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins Still Presidents’ Trophy Contenders

November 21st, 2014
The health scares keep on coming for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team's off to a great start with a 13-3-1 record, but its fine early-season performance was overshadowed on Wednesday by the news that right wing Pascal Dupuis has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will be out ...

Latest Updates on the Top Prospects for the Toronto Maple Leafs

November 21st, 2014
It takes time, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have slowly begun to stockpile some top prospects. For the most part, they have taken a long-term approach with most of their top, young players. Morgan Rielly is a notable exception, as the Leafs have chosen to develop him, rightly or wrongly, at ...

Ranking the Most Intriguing Goalie Battles in the 2014-15 NHL Season

November 21st, 2014
There is nothing busier at times than a regulation NHL goal crease. It is a blue, 1.8-meter half-circle full of emotion, as games are won and lost in one of the smallest areas of the ice. Goaltending is one of the most important parts of championship NHL teams, and establishing a bona ...

Jason Spezza, Dallas Stars Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

November 21st, 2014
Center Jason Spezza has played in just 20 games as a member of the Dallas Stars, but the organization has already seen enough to know that he is part of the long-term plans. The team announced the deal on Friday: Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team ...

5 Biggest Reasons for the Chicago Blackhawks’ Lackluster Start to 2014-15 Season

November 20th, 2014
The Chicago Blackhawks make no secret of their long-term goals. They want to win the Stanley Cup every season—and general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville believe they have a strong enough roster to contend for their third championship in the last six years. Quenneville, for his part, ranks ...