by Ryan Kennedy - April 28, 2010 2:50 PM EDT
Being in the Western Conference is tough enough for a team from the east, but the Wings may face their toughest test yet.
The Detroit Red Wings survived a seven-game series with the Phoenix Coyotes, but can they weather the burden of being the Eastern-most team in the Western Conference? I accept that North American geography has not changed in the past year, but the way the post-season is shaking out, there’s a very good possibility the Wings will have one of the most difficult roads ever, in a literal sense, to get back to the Stanley Cup.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 26, 2010 11:55 AM EDT
Marian Hossa put Dan Hamhuis in danger and was lucky he didn't injure the defenseman, so why was there no suspension?
It’s not that I want to rag on the NHL’s lack of good judgment again, but when the items are so blatant, it’s almost antagonistic.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 17, 2010 8:24 AM EDT
A frantic second period may have been Phoenix's ultimate downfall; while San Jose's OT win was pulled off without their best players performing as such.
It must have been seductive for the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 2, going goal-for-goal with the Detroit Red Wings in a firewagon second period that saw five tallies go up on the board.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 14, 2010 11:50 AM EDT
Even though John Anderson wasn't given a fair amount of time and lost his star player this year, a change had to be made as new management was ushered in.
Consider John Anderson a casualty of war. The second-year NHL coach was swept out of power on Wednesday along with his staff in an Atlanta Thrashers housecleaning project that was long overdue.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 7, 2010 1:45 PM EDT
Which teams are best positioned for a long run based on seven statistical categories relevant to post-season success?
I dare you to predict the Stanley Cup winner right now. For fans, this will be one of the most exciting playdowns in years, simply because every team has a shot and every team has a flaw.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 17, 2010 11:30 AM EDT
NHL fisticuffs didn't always end with wrestling-like takedowns, so how much has MMA training played into this change in tactics?
The Battle of Ontario is always good for a little of the old ultra-violence, but Toronto’s Tuesday night 4-1 win over Ottawa also featured a couple of nefarious acts that cast a bad light on the rough side of the game.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 15, 2010 11:25 AM EDT
Despite a season full of questionable acts and international disappointment, Ovechkin's sublime skill and exuberance still have fans pulling for him.
He knew it as soon as he did it. As Alex Ovechkin rolled up on to his feet while Chicago’s Brian Campbell lay prone on the ice, the Washington Capitals superstar knew his shove to the opposing defenseman into the end boards wasn’t cool.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 10, 2010 11:05 AM EST
The Panthers are set on the blueline and in goal and have pieces of the puzzle up front, but real contenders have a go-to scoring threat.
The Florida Panthers still have a puncher’s chance at making the post-season, but the Cats will have to claw past several teams to get there.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 8, 2010 12:40 PM EST
Pittsburgh is rock solid between the pipes, but what of Washington, San Jose and Chicago? Do they have championship goaltending?
With March Madness basketball approaching, we are all reminded that the ‘best’ teams rarely go all the way in lengthy post-season tournaments.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 1, 2010 12:04 PM EST
Some teams are coming off the Olympic break looking hot, while others are looking, well, not. We analyze what teams are setting up well for the playoffs.
It was a pretty universal sentiment the morning after; Canada-USA was an instant classic. The NHLers, whether they’ll be back to contest the gold medal in Sochi or not, gave outsiders and newcomers the kind of show that makes people hockey fans in the first place.
by Ryan Kennedy - February 24, 2010 10:40 AM EST
If Canada hopes to have success against their mighty rivals, taking the body is a great place to start.
With all the hand-wringing that has been going on in Canada these days regarding the men’s Olympic hockey team, I was struck by a thought: Has anybody thought to check in with the Russians about pressure? After all, the matchup many people saw as the gold medal game will now send one elite program home without even sniffing hardware.
by Ryan Kennedy - February 22, 2010 12:40 PM EST
Martin Brodeur had his opportunity, but there's no more time to fool around and Team Canada should now turn to Luongo.
Team Canada’s not dead at these Olympics – but some resuscitation certainly wouldn’t hurt. A 5-3 loss to the Americans exposed goaltender Martin Brodeur and the only answer for the Canucks is to look to the Canuck: Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo.