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For two-plus rounds the San Jose Sharks were the story of the 2019 playoffs. The Sharks were certainly a serious contender despite suffering several key injuries during their quest. However, what San Jose will be remembered for most during this postseason is helping rewrite the NHL yearbook. The Sharks...
The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are setting up to have few rivals as far as unpredictability and tight match-ups. Both series in the Western Conference reached Game 7s, with St. Louis becoming the third team this postseason to clinch a series in a decisive seventh game in overtime. San...
Remember those fearless predictions about the Stanley Cup playoffs I made about the Stanley Cup playoffs, just two weeks ago? That bracket might as well get tossed through the shredder. The top seeds in both conferences, Tampa Bay and Calgary, won exactly one first-round game between them. All four...
After 16 years, the Frozen Four is finally returning to Buffalo. Some might say it’s been far too long for college hockey’s main event to return to upstate New York. Minnesota fans, who I’m sure have fond memories of the city, probably feel the same way. After all, the Golden...
2019 Stanley Cup playoffs
After an 82-game National Hockey League (NHL) regular season, one team stands alone as the clear favorite to win the Stanley Cup: the record-tying Tampa Bay Lightning, who finished with 62 wins and ran away with the Presidents’ Trophy. Fortunately or unfortunately, two of the Lightning’s biggest rivals, Boston...
It’s that time of year again. The puck dropped on the college hockey season this weekend. After months of waiting, I can say that it’s about time. I’m guessing that those of you still reading my hockey columns after all these years are probably thinking along the same lines. I didn’t...
2017-18 saw the long awaited coronation of Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, as well as the amazing breakout success of the Vegas Golden Knights. 2018-19 promises to be another terrific season, with several teams primed to take a run at the Cup. Here are my predictions for all...
ESPN.com's Emily Kaplan wrote a fascinating story today about a linguistic quirk among hockey players: how they never refer to themselves in the first person in interviews. It's a quick read, do yourself a favor and go check it out. I've observed this quirk myself over the years, but never...
Vegas (51-24-7—109) vs. Washington (49-26-7—105) How they got here: Vegas defeated Los Angeles, San Jose and Winnipeg; Washington defeated Columbus, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay In a stunning occurrence, the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals features two teams that have never won a title. Washington has been seeking its first championship since entering the NHL...
The first round of the NHL playoffs managed to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Now all of the eight remaining teams – Nashville, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Boston, Washington, Pittsburgh, Vegas or San Jose – are legitimate threats to win another 12 games. I still like a Nashville versus Tampa Bay...