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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

Can the Kings repeat?

2014-15 Team Preview: Los Angeles Kings

How they Finished:  46-28-8 100 points. (Stanley Cup Champion) Key Additions: None Key Losses: D, Willie Mitchell F, Colin Fraser Two Stanley Cups in three years; it’s been that sort of run for the Kings. After the wild game sevens they played during the playoff run or their domination of the New York Rangers, this […]

Is Jordin Tootoo the last unknown part of this roster? (credit: Lisa Gansky, Wiki Commons)

Devils Roster (Updating as more info becomes available)

Here’s what we’re assuming in terms of the lineup: (line combinations are just for organization) Currently signed:  Forwards Mike Cammalleri  - Travis Zajac – Jaromir Jagr Ryane Clowe – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder Dainius Zubrus – Patrik Elias – Martin Havlat Stephen Gionta, Tuomo Ruutu, Damien Brunner, Jacob Josefson Forwards currently under contract: 13 […]

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2014-15 Team Preview: New Jersey Devils

How they Finished:  35-29-18 88 points. (5th in Metropolitan Division) Key Additions: F, Mike Cammalleri (FA) F, Martin Havlat (FA) G, Scott Clemmensen (FA) Key Losses: G, Martin Brodeur D, Mark Fayne D, Anton Volchenkov The writing was on the wall the minute that Cory Schneider arrived in New Jersey, but now, after opting not […]

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2014-15 Team Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs

How they Finished:  38-36-8 84 points. (6th in Atlantic Division) Key Additions: D, Stephane Robidas (FA) F, Leo Komarov (FA-KHL) F, Mike Santorelli (FA) F, David Booth (FA) F, Daniel Winnik (FA) Key Losses: F, Dave Bolland F, Nikolai Kulemin F, Jay McClement F, Mason Raymond D, Tim Gleason After the 2012-2013 brought some hope […]

Can PK Subban help the Canadiens make another deep playoff run?

2014-15 Team Preview: Montreal Canadiens

How they Finished:  46-28-8 100 points. (3rd in Atlantic Division) Lost to Rangers in ECF Key Additions: F, P.A. Parenteau (Trade, COL) F, Manny Malholtra (FA) D, Tom Gilbert (FA) D, Mike Weaver (FA) Key Losses: D, Josh Gorges (Trade, BUF) F, Daniel Briere (Trade, COL) F, Tomas Vanek (FA) F, Brian Gionta (FA) We’ll […]

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2014-15 Team Preview: Buffalo Sabres

How they Finished:  21-51-10 52 points. (8th in Atlantic Division) Key Additions: F, Matt Moulson (FA) F, Cody McCormick (FA) F, Brian Gionta (FA) D, Andrej Meszaros (FA) F, Marcus Foligno (FA) D, Andre Benoit (FA) D, Josh Gorges (trade, MTL) Key Losses: F, Cory Conacher F, John Scott A 52-point debacle of a season […]

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2014-15 Team Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

How they Finished:  46-21-15 107 points (3rd in Central Division) Lost in Conf. Finals Key Additions: F, Brad Richards (FA) Key Losses: F, Kevin Hayes (RFA, signed with NYR) One goal was what separated the Chicago Blackhawks from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. If Chicago had scored in overtime against the Kings, […]