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After several seasons with at least one surprise Stanley Cup finalist (Nashville in 2017, Vegas in 2018, Dallas in 2020, Montreal in 2021, and even St. Louis in 2019), Cinderella’s invite for the championship ball got lost in the mail. The 2022 Stanley Cup final, pitting the Tampa Bay...
The NHL’s final four is set, and the cream has risen to the top. In the East, two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay absolutely dominated sunshine rival Florida, the NHL’s best team during the regular season, allowing just three goals in a four-game sweep. In the West, Colorado...
The opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs might have been the greatest postseason round ever. Five of the eight first-round series went the distance. Two winner-take-all contests were decided in overtime. Two more series had their Game 7s decided by just a lone goal. It doesn’t get any...
The 2021-22 NHL season produced more than its fair share of offensive highlights and dramatic moments. Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, border crossings, and quarantines, the league managed to put on an eventful regular season even if the playoff races lacked their usual drama. Florida and Colorado stood...
NHL Face-Off 2021
Will the National Hockey League (NHL) return to normal in 2021-22? After an incredibly short off-season, many players, coaches, and fans are hoping this season can be exactly that: normal. A pandemic still rages across North America. However, buildings will mostly be full, and the league expects to play a...
Seattle Kraken
Today is the day of the 2021 Seattle Kraken expansion draft. There are lots of big names and talented veterans available to General Manager Ron Francis, as well as underrated role players who have the chance to breakout with an increased role. With the help of Cap Friendly’s terrific expansion...
2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
There are storylines a-plenty in a 2021 Stanley Cup Final featuring two teams from the same division (during a non-pandemic year), the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Montreal Canadiens. One team, Tampa Bay, is on track to enter the NHL’s history books as one of the greatest teams ever...
2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
After six months of only divisional and country-exclusive play, four teams are left standing with a chance to win the Stanley Cup. There are clear favorites in each semifinal: Vegas and Tampa Bay expect to move on and meet each other with a championship on the line. Don't discount...
2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
After a season shortened to five months by the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 teams endured and advanced to the NHL postseason, their hopes for a Stanley Cup championship still alive. We finally got clarity Thursday on where all the divisions stack up. Colorado beat Los Angeles 5-1 to claim the...
2021 frozen four
To compare the 2020-21 college hockey season to a roller coaster is probably an understatement. It’s been more like a roller coaster combined with a Tilt-A-Whirl, some bumper cars and a heavy dose of motion sickness. As I write this, I’m still a little surprised we’ve made it to...