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Stanley Cup Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars

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After nearly two months of play in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, one more team, either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Dallas Stars will have their bubble burst as the other emerges as the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals champions. The Stars won two games against the Lightning in the regular season, each in overtime (4-3 on December 19; 3-2 on January 27) The Lightning representing the Eastern Conference made it to the Finals taking this route: 4-2 …

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NHL Made the Right Move to Postpone Games Amid Protests

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In a tumultuous turn of events in the sports world on Wednesday evening, the NBA postponed all three of their playoff games.  Players from the Milwaukee Bucks chose not to play their game versus the Orlando Magic due to the shooting of a black man by a white policeman this past Sunday. While this event sparked outrage by many players in the league, the trickle-down effect was felt across other professional sports leagues in the US. Three WNBA were postponed.  …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Previewing and Predicting Conference Semi-Finals

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As the quest for Lord’s Stanley’s Cup continues, we had to say good-bye to eight more teams who were eliminated from playoff contention. With eight teams remaining, we preview the four series which make up the Eastern and Western Conference Semi-Finals. The conference semi-final playoffs begin this weekend. The Eastern Conference will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city. The Western Conference series will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub …

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Three Stars of the Week

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  The 2020 National Hockey League Playoffs began this past week and per usual the postseason has produced several moments of great sports drama on the frozen pond as well as off the ice.  At the conclusion of any NHL game, there is a selection of the best three players who stood out in the game.  This is similar to the “Man of the Match” concept, and in hockey, it’s referred to as the “Three Stars”  In this article, I …

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Who the LA Kings should draft 2nd overall

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Almost since the moment the world was introduced to Alexis Lafreniere, he has been the front runner to be the #1 overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft. But the 2nd overall pick, held this year by the LA Kings, is not as black and white. Let’s look at the potential players who could be chosen 2nd overall by the Kings in this years NHL draft. Tim Stutzle , 18 , C/LW , Adler Mannheim (DEL)  6’0 , 187lbs  – …

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National Hockey League 2020 Playoffs in Place

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While we don’t have an exact date of when we will see the puck drop in the National Hockey League, whenever it does, the league will jump right into the playoffs after announcing that the regular season has officially concluded. That being said, we already know who some of the league’s award winners are.  The Boston Bruins are the President’s Trophy winners as they lead the league standings with 100 points. Leon Draisait of the Edmonton Oilers wins the Art …

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Bye Bye Babcock- Leafs Changing Things Up Behind The Bench

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It felt like the writing was on the wall after another first-round playoff exit when GM Kyle Dubas failed to confirm the head coach’s job security. The Toronto Maple Leafs were officially underperforming and changes were coming. But after surviving a tumultuous offseason that saw a ton of new faces enter the lineup, it was this latest slump that sealed the fate of a probable Hall of Fame coach. Mike Babcock is now out as the head coach of the …

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Boston Bruins off to winning start.

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Rask and Halak have been sharp to start the Bruins season. Goaltending has been the key to Bruins strong start. The Bruins have begun their “Revenge Tour” after failing to capture the Stanley Cup last season. The team starts off their 2019/20 NHL campaign with a four game road trip. The first game to start the season was on Opening Night against the Dallas Stars and after a quick start with two goals on their first two shots of the …

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An Ode to the St. Louis Blues

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Flashback to January and tell me who the hell would have seen this coming from the St. Louis Blues? Dead last in the NHL standings in January. Now, they are Stanley Cup Champions. How did they get here? An Unexpected Lift in Goal January 7th vs the Philadelphia Flyers is where the story of Jordan Binnington really began. His first career NHL victory came that very night and it was also his first career NHL shutout. Up until this point …

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The Toronto Maple Leafs: Better, Worse, or The Same?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs: Better, Worse, Or The Same? The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs two straight years. However some big pieces have moved in the offseason including the acquisition of John Tavares and dropping the likes of JVR and Bozak amongst others. In this article over a quarter of the season in we will look at The Toronto Maple Leafs and if they are better, worse or the same as last year. We will also take a …

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Calm Down Jersey, It’s Only November

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The New Jersey Devils are 9-10-4. They sit 5 points out of the wild card spot with 59 games left. 59 games! It’s not like it is the dead heat of a playoff race with 10 games left on the season. There is still time to right the ship and I hope the turning of the calendar to December brings new life to the team. The team has lost the month of November but there must be a feeling in …

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Stopping the Bleeding in New Jersey

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Well… The second end of that back-to-back didn’t go as planned for the Devils from New Jersey. The team showed up for about 2 minutes and gave fans flashbacks to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning a week prior. But this time, it wasn’t one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference dropping a touchdown on the Devils. It was one of the bottom NHL teams beating up on New Jersey. A promising start saw the Devils jump …

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Ilya Kovalchuk Returns to the NHL with the Kings

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One of Ilya Kovalchuk’s last NHL memories is a tough defeat in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, when his team, the New Jersey Devils, lost to the Los Angeles Kings in-game six. Now, after five long years spent in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia, Kovalchuk has finally returned-and he’s signed with the team who beat him in his last go-around, the LA Kings. The Kings announced Saturday that they had signed the 35-year-old Kovalchuk to a three-year, $18.75 …

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NHL Quarter Recap: Teams Chances of Playoffs

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With roughly a quarter of the season done it is time to look at the odds of each team making the playoffs. It is still pretty early and a lot could and probably will change throughout the season, but it is definitely interesting to see where the league stands after each quarter. The results could stir up some questions within the league such as with last year’s expansion draft, did team’s make the right moves? Are any trades needed to be …

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Three Storylines for the 2017-2018 NHL Season

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After the conclusion of the NHL’s centennial season, which resulted in the Pittsburgh Penguins becoming the first repeat champions of this millennium, an fascinating off-season took place which ushered in the next hundred years in the NHL’s storied history. With notable free agents signings like Kevin Shattenkirk, Joe Thornton, Alex Radulov, and Patrick Marleau and the even more significant lack of contracts for the leagues elder statesmen; Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, and Jaromir Jagr, the upcoming season is sure to …

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Trade Alert: Blackhawks Repeating Problems

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The NHL Draft is tonight, but the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t wait to make some blockbuster trades today. The Chicago Blackhawks traded two core pieces today in Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin. It seems like every year the Blackhawks run into cap problems. Having Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane combining for $21 million of the $75 million cap space is costly. Trade #1 Chicago Blackhawks Trade: D Niklas Hjalmarsson (2 years left at $4.1M per year) Arizona Coyotes Trade D Connor Murphy …

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NHL Awards Plus Expansion Revealed!

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It is the night hockey fans have been waiting for, the NHL Awards. This year not only will players be nominated for rewards from their stellar play this past season, but also the Las Vegas Golden Knights will announce their new team. As the awards are handed out and players are announced I will update along the way: Ted Lindsay Award Brett Burns – Led the NHL defensemen in goals (29) and points (76). Sidney Crosby – Led the NHL …

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NHL Expansion Draft Protected List Revealed

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The NHL released the list of players that are being protected and exposed for the upcoming expansion draft held June 21st. Anaheim Ducks Protected players Andrew Cogliano (F) Ryan Getzlaf (F) Ryan Kesler (F) Corey Perry (F) Rickard Rakell (F) Jakob Silfverberg (F) Antoine Vermette (F) Kevin Bieksa (D) Cam Fowler (D) Hampus Lindholm (D) John Gibson (G) Available players Spencer Abbott (F) Jared Boll (F) Sam Carrick (F) Patrick Eaves (F) Emerson Etem (F) Ryan Garbutt (F) Max Gortz …

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All Trades On Expansion Deadline Day

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Expansion Deadline Normally on June 17th not too much happens, but this year has been completely different. With the expansion draft coming up, NHL teams had until 3 p.m ET today to make trades before a mandatory roster freeze goes into effect. Many teams scrambled to get things done, while some managed to pull off some trades, while others stood pat. As the expansion deadline happens I will add all announced trades to the list. Montreal Canadiens trade Nathan Beaulieu to the …

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Blue Jackets Trade 1st-Rounder for Expansion Draft Protection

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With the upcoming expansion draft, teams are in scramble mode. Trying to make trades or decide who will be protected and exposed for the upcoming expansion draft. All NHL teams except the Golden Knights have until 3 p.m ET on Saturday to make deals before a mandatory roster freeze goes into effect. The deadline for clubs to submit their expansion draft protection lists is Saturday at 5 p.m ET. Few rumors have been surfacing around about teams trading picks to Vegas …

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