From The Point

From The Point: Hoping to dance

by Sam McCaig - September 28, 2007 12:58 AM UTC

A look at which of last year's non-playoff teams from the West could make a run for the 2007-08 post-season.
The Western Conference is packed with top contenders: Anaheim, San Jose, Detroit and Calgary all garner big respect. And it's a deep conference, too, with Minnesota, Vancouver and even Nashville still lurking in the shadows.

From The Point: Fringe festival

by Sam McCaig - September 22, 2007 12:36 AM UTC

A look at which of last year's non-playoff teams from the East could make a run for the 2007-08 post-season.
Who's going to win the Stanley Cup? Really, it's the only question worth asking with a new NHL season around the corner. But then again, you can read about the “who's the best team” debate anywhere (even, say, in the latest issue of The Hockey News, our annual Season Opener special, now available on a newsstand near you!) Instead, let's take a skate down the path less Zamboni-ed and look at the chances of last year's also-rans in 2007-08.

From The Point: Summer of love

by Sam McCaig - August 24, 2007 12:16 AM UTC

With less than a month until training camps open, we take a look back of some of the off-season's more intriguing storylines.
Is it late August already? WowÂ…only three more weeks until training campsÂ…begin. So, it must be time to talk hockey, then, right? Right.

From The Point: Best of what's left on the UFA market

by Sam McCaig - July 5, 2007 12:38 AM UTC

Most of the big names are gone, but there are still a few stars and plenty of mid-range players looking for homes.
And just like that, the free agent frenzy is finished. All it took was $52 million for Daniel Briere, $51.5 for Scott Gomez and $30 million for Brian Rafalski.

From The Point: An early look at the 2007 UFAs

by Sam McCaig - June 8, 2007 12:59 AM UTC

Let's go team-by-team and ponder some of the more prominent players to be had on July 1.
ANAHEIM Only three Ducks of consequence are eligible for unrestricted free agency: goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, right winger Teemu Selanne and defenseman Sean O'Donnell.

10 things you didn’t know about the 2007 playoffs

by Sam McCaig - June 1, 2007 6:09 PM UTC

Think you've got it all covered? We bet there's at least a few things...
STANLEY SAYSÂ…10 things you didn't know about the 2007 playoffs: 1. The Anaheim Ducks have the second-best winning percentage in the playoffs in NHL history.

From The Point: Thoughts On The Conference Final

by Sam McCaig - May 18, 2007 12:26 AM UTC

Sam McCaig takes a look at the teams and players remaining in the hunt for this year's Stanley Cup.
• With all-star Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger serving a one-game suspension in Game 4 – for driving Tomas Holmstrom's head into the boards in Game 3 – the pressure was on Scott Niedermayer to play well and play often.

From The Point: Tables turned

by Sam McCaig - May 11, 2007 12:18 AM UTC

Now it's the Ducks who are favorites... NHLPA taking the first steps toward respectability... and The Buff better fix its special teams.
Four years ago, the upstart Anaheim Ducks upset the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs and ended up advancing all the way to the Stanley Cup final before falling to New Jersey.

From The Point: Learning curve

by Sam McCaig - May 4, 2007 12:41 AM UTC

Who's the world's best goalie... and what 'Alfie' is capable of. Just two of the things we've discovered in the playoffs so far.
There's an old saying that goes, “If you don't learn from the NHL playoffs, you're doomed to miss the post-season next year.” Or something like that.

From The Point: Blueshirts ready to shock the world

by Sam McCaig - April 20, 2007 12:58 AM UTC

Top-notch 'tending, scoring depth and a just-get-it-done 'D' has the Rangers in a good playoff place.
Not only did the New York Rangers win their first round series in convincing fashion, sweeping the playoff-neophyte Atlanta Thrashers, but the Blueshirts also won the NHL's first round.

From The Point: Playoff battle lines are drawn

by Sam McCaig - April 13, 2007 12:51 AM UTC

Three lines you should keep in mind throughout the first round of the playoffs.
For the bottom line on the playoffs, all you need is The Headline, The Deadline and The Last Line: Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. Calgary Flames (8) The Headline: “HE SCORES!” Pavel Datsyuk, who had suffered through three goal-less playoffs and hadn't scored in the post-season since 2002, snapped his 26-game springtime drought when he beat Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the second period of Game 1.

From The Point: Stretch drive news and notes

by Sam McCaig - March 13, 2007 12:37 AM UTC

Interesting tidbits of info from each of the NHL's 30 teams as the season winds down.
ANAHEIM: Teemu Selanne is the first player in NHL history aged 35-and-over to record back-to-back 40-goal seasons. ATLANTA: The Thrashers are 6-1-0 with Keith Tkachuk, who has four goals and an assist since coming over from St.

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