Penguins and Sharks Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals: the Road Ahead

The Stanley Cup Finals have arrived! It’s been an exciting playoffs so far, with top seeds bowing out early, upsets all over the place, and a few teams getting hot at just the right time. The Finals this year feature a team just like that, who wasn’t a top seed, but managed to get hot when it counted, and a team that many expected big … Continue reading Penguins and Sharks Advance to the Stanley Cup Finals: the Road Ahead

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins and Blues Looking to be Favorites

The second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs is in the books. The San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning are the last four teams standing. We’ll take a look at how each team won their series and advanced to the semifinals. Tampa Bay Lightning defeat New York Islanders (4-1) In the shortest series of the second round, the Lightning made … Continue reading NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins and Blues Looking to be Favorites

NHL Playoffs: Predators and Sharks Lead the Charge with Upsets

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, with the first round in the books, and the second round being played over the next two weeks. Some matchups have gone according to plan, but some underdogs have surprisingly won over heavy favorites. Here’s a look at how both conferences are faring. Western Conference – First Round There were two series that went according to plan, and … Continue reading NHL Playoffs: Predators and Sharks Lead the Charge with Upsets

An NHL Rarity: No Teams from Canada will Make the Playoffs

An event is about to occur in the NHL that has only happened once, 46 years ago. Unfortunately, Canada isn’t going to be happy when it happens. This event is going to cost Canadian teams millions in merchandise and ticket sales, and fans throughout the nation will be disappointed. For just the second time in the history of the NHL, no Canadian teams will be … Continue reading An NHL Rarity: No Teams from Canada will Make the Playoffs

NHL Implementing New Rules on Goalie Equipment, Expansion Draft

The NHL generated two very big pieces of news this week which will shape the future of the league. First, on Tuesday, the league released new guidelines on the size of equipment that goaltenders can wear in games. Then on Wednesday, they released the groundwork of an expansion draft, with the possibility of one or two new teams joining the league as soon as 2017. Smaller … Continue reading NHL Implementing New Rules on Goalie Equipment, Expansion Draft

NHL Trade Deadline Part 2: Eastern Conference Buyers and Sellers

For part 1 covering the West, click here. Many teams in the Eastern conference are jostling for playoff position, while others start thinking about next year and rebuilding their rosters. One thing is guaranteed: some of these teams will look very different when the February 29 deadline rolls around. This is a look at which teams could be buyers and sellers in the East. Buyers … Continue reading NHL Trade Deadline Part 2: Eastern Conference Buyers and Sellers

NHL Trade Deadline Part 1: Western Conference Buyers and Sellers

The NHL’s trade deadline is fast approaching. By 3:00 PM EST on February 29, many players will have changed homes and many teams will look very different. Some teams will build for the future, while others try to make one last push to win it all now. Here’s a look at some possibilities in the Western Conference between now and the deadline. Buyers The Western Conference-leading … Continue reading NHL Trade Deadline Part 1: Western Conference Buyers and Sellers