Atlantic

Stephen Weiss And Detroit Red Wings Struggle Early

There was plenty of risk wrapped up in the five-year, near $5 million per season deal handed to free agent center Stephen Weiss by the Detroit Red Wings last summer. However, there was also a strange feeling of symmetry to it. Weiss was an experienced, smart and generally solid two-way center. He looked like an

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Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel and the Boston Bruins Culture

The Boston Bruin have unquestionably been one of the most successful franchises in the modern NHL era. Since the tandem of head coach Claude Julien and General Manager Peter Chiarelli came together in 2007-08, this team has made the postseason in six straight years and has been the Stanley Cup Finals in two of the

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NHL Atlantic Division Predictions 2013-14

The 2013-14 Atlantic division features last season’s Northeast division with the additions of Sunshine State based teams the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and Original Six franchise the Detroit Red Wings. Here’s a quick look at each of the division’s eight teams with a predicted order of standings. 1. Detroit Red Wings The Red

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NHL Atlantic Division Predictions 2013-14

The 2013-14 Atlantic division features last season’s Northeast division with the additions of Sunshine State based teams the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and Original Six franchise the Detroit Red Wings. Here’s a quick look at each of the division’s eight teams with a predicted order of standings. 1. Detroit Red Wings The Red

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Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel and the Boston Bruins Culture

The Boston Bruin have unquestionably been one of the most successful franchises in the modern NHL era. Since the tandem of head coach Claude Julien and General Manager Peter Chiarelli came together in 2007-08, this team has made the postseason in six straight years and has been the Stanley Cup Finals in two of the

Kevin Dineen Fired; Bigger Problems For Florida?

Just before the weekend Florida Panthers’ General Manager Dave Tallon announced the firing of his head coach Dave Tallon and two assistants. AHL affiliate head coach Peter Horachek has been announced as the interim coach. Tallon cited poor play from the team’s top players along with disappointing on-ice results as the reason for his decision.

Stephen Weiss And Detroit Red Wings Struggle Early

There was plenty of risk wrapped up in the five-year, near $5 million per season deal handed to free agent center Stephen Weiss by the Detroit Red Wings last summer. However, there was also a strange feeling of symmetry to it. Weiss was an experienced, smart and generally solid two-way center. He looked like an

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Tough Task Facing Buffalo Sabres

The decision came as something of a surprise if only because General Manager Darcy Regier had been such a stalwart of this franchise, but it was clearly necessary. Regier and his head coach Ron Rolston were both removed from their positions with the Buffalo Sabres. New President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine hired Ted Nolan as

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NHL Atlantic Division Predictions 2013-14

The 2013-14 Atlantic division features last season’s Northeast division with the additions of Sunshine State based teams the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and Original Six franchise the Detroit Red Wings. Here’s a quick look at each of the division’s eight teams with a predicted order of standings. 1. Detroit Red Wings The Red

Central

Suter and Parise Lead Strong Start To Wild’s Season

The Minnesota Wild announced a major change in direction for the franchise last summer when they made the dual signing of top free agents blue liner Ryan Suter and winger Zach Parise. Most of the attention was focused on the short-term, but the pair’s performance in their second season in the State of Hockey shows

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How Does The NHL’s Cheapest Team Own The League’s Best Record?

The Colorado Avalanche may only rank second in the total NHL standings as we enter another weekend of NHL action, but they own a significantly better winning percentage than current leaders Anaheim Ducks. The Avalanche have an almost remarkable $12 million of salary cap room but have still managed to post up a 13-2-0 record

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NHL Central Division Predictions 2013-14

The NHL Central division is as ‘central’ as it has ever been after re-alignment. The Chicago Blackhawks, St Louis Blues and Nashville Predators are joined by former Northwest division teams the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche, the Winnipeg Jets who finally switch away from the East coast, and former Pacific division team the Dallas Stars.

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NHL Central Division Predictions 2013-14

The NHL Central division is as ‘central’ as it has ever been after re-alignment. The Chicago Blackhawks, St Louis Blues and Nashville Predators are joined by former Northwest division teams the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche, the Winnipeg Jets who finally switch away from the East coast, and former Pacific division team the Dallas Stars.

Winnipeg Jets Defensive Depth Set To Be Tested

The Winnipeg Jets had to battle desperately hard on Friday night before finally securing a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting St Louis Blues. They will need equal levels of determination if last night’s early departures, blue liners Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart, are out of the line-up for any length of time. The injuries

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Is The Season Slipping Away From The Nashville Predators?

The Nashville Predators play host to the Chicago Blackhawks tonight running with a four-game losing streak. Top goaltender Pekka Rinne is still out injured and the Predators offense has stumbled scoring just two goals in the past four games. Four teams in the Central division – Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota and St Louis – have already

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Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel and the Boston Bruins Culture

The Boston Bruin have unquestionably been one of the most successful franchises in the modern NHL era. Since the tandem of head coach Claude Julien and General Manager Peter Chiarelli came together in 2007-08, this team has made the postseason in six straight years and has been the Stanley Cup Finals in two of the

Suter and Parise Lead Strong Start To Wild’s Season

The Minnesota Wild announced a major change in direction for the franchise last summer when they made the dual signing of top free agents blue liner Ryan Suter and winger Zach Parise. Most of the attention was focused on the short-term, but the pair’s performance in their second season in the State of Hockey shows

Metropolitan

Cory Schneider: Goaltending Controversy Moves To New Jersey?

Cory Schneider has long been considered one of the NHL’s most outstanding young goaltenders. It feels especially unfortunate that somehow the 27-year old has already stumbled his way into consecutive goaltending controversies. Comments about frustration with his playing time in New Jersey have only gone to show that this incredibly talented goaltender is fed up with

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Ragged Metropolitan: Who Emerges From Division Of Under-Achievers?

The Metropolitan division looked set to compete as the toughest in the NHL entering the 2013-14 season. It combined the uber-competitive Atlantic division with regular Southeast division champions Washington and a pair of up and coming teams in Columbus and Carolina. However, at this early stage in the season there are just two teams above

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Ragged Metropolitan: Who Emerges From Division Of Under-Achievers?

The Metropolitan division looked set to compete as the toughest in the NHL entering the 2013-14 season. It combined the uber-competitive Atlantic division with regular Southeast division champions Washington and a pair of up and coming teams in Columbus and Carolina. However, at this early stage in the season there are just two teams above

Cory Schneider: Goaltending Controversy Moves To New Jersey?

Cory Schneider has long been considered one of the NHL’s most outstanding young goaltenders. It feels especially unfortunate that somehow the 27-year old has already stumbled his way into consecutive goaltending controversies. Comments about frustration with his playing time in New Jersey have only gone to show that this incredibly talented goaltender is fed up with

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Ragged Metropolitan: Who Emerges From Division Of Under-Achievers?

The Metropolitan division looked set to compete as the toughest in the NHL entering the 2013-14 season. It combined the uber-competitive Atlantic division with regular Southeast division champions Washington and a pair of up and coming teams in Columbus and Carolina. However, at this early stage in the season there are just two teams above

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Ragged Metropolitan: Who Emerges From Division Of Under-Achievers?

The Metropolitan division looked set to compete as the toughest in the NHL entering the 2013-14 season. It combined the uber-competitive Atlantic division with regular Southeast division champions Washington and a pair of up and coming teams in Columbus and Carolina. However, at this early stage in the season there are just two teams above

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Ragged Metropolitan: Who Emerges From Division Of Under-Achievers?

The Metropolitan division looked set to compete as the toughest in the NHL entering the 2013-14 season. It combined the uber-competitive Atlantic division with regular Southeast division champions Washington and a pair of up and coming teams in Columbus and Carolina. However, at this early stage in the season there are just two teams above

Can Marc-Andre Fleury Be A Part Of Pittsburgh’s Success?

Now perennial championship contenders the Pittsburgh Penguins have made yet another strong start to an NHL season. A 4-0 Wednesday night win over the Washington Capitals confirmed Pittsburgh’s stranglehold on the lead of the Metropolitan division with a 14-8-0 record. The Penguins have been playing well at both ends of the ice, but even after

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Ragged Metropolitan: Who Emerges From Division Of Under-Achievers?

The Metropolitan division looked set to compete as the toughest in the NHL entering the 2013-14 season. It combined the uber-competitive Atlantic division with regular Southeast division champions Washington and a pair of up and coming teams in Columbus and Carolina. However, at this early stage in the season there are just two teams above

Pacific

Ben Scrivens Holds Kings Together In Quick’s Absence

Few players have been as incremental to a hockey team’s recent success as Jonathan Quick has been to the Los Angeles Kings. However, a groin strain suffered in early November now looks set to sideline the 27-year old until at least the end of December. In his absence, LA has leaned on Ben Scrivens, and

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NHL Pacific Division Predictions 2013-14

The 2013-14 Pacific division is an amalgamation of the three Western Canadian teams in the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, and the four West coast teams in the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes. It looks like an extremely tough division. Here’s a breakdown of the seven teams

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Phoenix Coyotes: Finding A Way To Win

There were many who wondered whether failure to make the 2013 NHL playoffs would signify more than just a single bad season for the Phoenix Coyotes. Head coach Dave Tippett and a cheap roster assembled by GM Don Maloney had made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons defying the odds despite all prediction and concerns

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NHL Pacific Division Predictions 2013-14

The 2013-14 Pacific division is an amalgamation of the three Western Canadian teams in the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, and the four West coast teams in the Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes. It looks like an extremely tough division. Here’s a breakdown of the seven teams

Sean Monahan Or Tomas Hertl: Who Keeps It Up?

Just about every NHL season there are teenage rookies who create a buzz early in the year with exceptional, surprising performances. There’s no doubt that through the first week of the season, those two outstanding stories have been Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan and San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl. The question now is: can

Ben Scrivens Holds Kings Together In Quick’s Absence

Few players have been as incremental to a hockey team’s recent success as Jonathan Quick has been to the Los Angeles Kings. However, a groin strain suffered in early November now looks set to sideline the 27-year old until at least the end of December. In his absence, LA has leaned on Ben Scrivens, and

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Edmonton Oilers: When Does Their Patience Run Out?

The Edmonton Oilers have entered each of the past three or four NHL seasons with renewed optimism. The 2013-14 season was no different. A line-up filled with offensive talent appeared to be supported by a better blue line and genuine goaltending solution in Devan Dubnyk. However, as the end of November looms near, the Oilers

Sean Monahan Or Tomas Hertl: Who Keeps It Up?

Just about every NHL season there are teenage rookies who create a buzz early in the year with exceptional, surprising performances. There’s no doubt that through the first week of the season, those two outstanding stories have been Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan and San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl. The question now is: can

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