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Top Shelf Thursday

By Dave Turner 1. There were some special moments in the NHL this week, once again proving just how great the product is, both on and off the ice. In Toronto, the Star Spangled Banner was being sung, when the singer’s mic cut out. The Maple Leafs fans responded by singing the last few lines […]


Top Shelf Thursday

By Dave Turner 1. Wednesday night’s Kings/Ducks game that ended in a 6-5 Ducks shootout win, was a sensational display of hockey on national TV. Not to discredit the NFL, or even the NBA, but this game was stellar television. It had everything. Star players galore, scoring, hitting, comebacks and of course a shootout. With […]

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DI Podcast: 11-11-14 Salvador, DeBoer and More

Jeff and Dave touch on a number of topics, including the future of Pete DeBoer’s job as head coach, the play of Cory Schneider and what to do with Bryce Salvador. Also, has father time finally caught up to Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias? You can download the podcast or just play it below. 


NHL Power Rankings – Week 5

By Dave Turner Another week in the books. The Islanders are hot again and the Vancouver Canucks are looking less and less like a fluke and more like a legitimate playoff contender. Not too much change at the top, where the elite teams have begun to rise. 1. Anaheim Ducks (10-3-3) [No. 1 last week] […]


NHL Power Rankings – Week 4

It’s never a dull week in the NHL, that’s for sure. Teams like the Kings and Blackhawks are struggling, while the Maple Leafs, Blues and Jets have been hot. The top 16 has some familiar teams at the top, but others have reestablished themselves within the top portion of the rankings. Hats off to the […]


Top Shelf Thursday

By Dave Turner 1. The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers played a crazy game on Monday. The Rangers took two game misconduct penalties on hits by Chris Kreider and John Moore, yet the Wild were unable to score on the ensuing 10 minutes of power play time, 9:44 of which was served in the […]


NHL Power Rankings – Week 3

1. Anaheim Ducks (7-2-0) [No. 1 last week] - They laid an egg against the Sharks, but outside of that they’ve been on fire. Big test though coming up, with a four game road trip that features the Blackhawks, Stars, Blues and Avalanche. 2. Montreal Canadiens (7-1-0)  [No. 3 last week]-  Tomas Plekanec (5g, 4a) has been a force […]

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Top Shelf Thursday

By Dave Turner The first few days of this week have been challenging for the great nation of Canada. With a soldier killed on Monday and another gunned down Wednesday while guarding Canada’s tomb of the unknown soldier, Canada is mourning once again. As a result, they cancelled Wednesday’s game between the Maple Leafs and […]


NHL Power Rankings – Week 2

Some teams that started hot have quickly been extinguished and some that fell behind are right back up near the top. That’s to be expected this early in the season, where match ups and road trips play into how each team fairs. Perhaps the most interesting development is that there are no undefeated teams left […]

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Top-Shelf Thursday

(This is the first of what will be a weekly column during the season where we’ll chronicle various items throughout the league. We’ll have  goal breakdowns using gif images, discuss on and off the ice topics and much more.) By Dave Turner With the first week of NHL hockey in the books, it’s been a […]

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NHL Power Rankings – Week 1

We’re back into the thick of NHL hockey and it was an exciting first week. There are a few surprises here, but with a small sample size (two or three games) for each team, it’ll make for a shuffle at the top over the next few weeks. Overreactions are abound and it’ll take some time […]

How will the Sharks respond after the offseason turmoil that led to Joe Thornton losing his captaincy.

Three Bold Predictions for the Western Conference

By Dave Turner 1. After a tumultuous offseason, the San Jose Sharks will make a deep playoff run this year. Already tabbed as perennial playoff underachievers, the San Jose Sharks suffered their biggest postseason disappointment to date when they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings. To make matters worse, Joe Thornton […]


Preseason NHL Award Predictions

By Jeff O’Connor Hart – The Hart Trophy is awarded to the league’s Most Valuable Player.  It has not resided in the Western Conference since 2010-11 thanks to guys named Evgeni, Sidney and Ovie.  This is the year it goes back there.  He missed 13 games last year and he probably would have been right […]

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Three Bold Predictions for the Eastern Conference

By Dave Turner 1. The Pittsburgh Penguins will struggle for a while, but will be a better team because of it.  After years of success under Dan Bylsma, the Penguins begin the season with Mike Johnston at the helm. Bylsma won his only Stanley Cup with the team when he took over for Michel Terrien […]

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2014-15 NHL Preseason Playoff Predictions

By Dave Turner One thing is for certain, there are no guarantees in the NHL. With the competition level so close in this league, a few games either way may mean the difference between a playoff spot or an April tee time. (* – denotes wild card team) Predictions Atlantic Division 1. Boston Bruins 2. […]