by Ryan Kennedy - April 22, 2009 1:03 PM EDT
The B's need to weather a Bell Centre storm for a sweep... can the Flames keep riding the red wave?... and Avery stars on Broadway.
One down, another on the ropes. With the St. Louis Blues swept out of the post-season by a strong Vancouver team, the stage is set Wednesday for a second last-gasp, this time in the East.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 20, 2009 10:24 PM EDT
Simeon Varlamov gets the Caps right back into their series with the Blueshirts while Carey Price can't steal the game the Habs desperately needed versus the B's.
Two young men skated onto the ice Monday night with the same all-important task ahead of them. They wore red, white and blue. The venues were two of the most magical venues in hockey and the two young men were backstopping teams that needed wins in the worst way.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 20, 2009 12:05 PM EDT
Detroit has been so dominate through Games 1 and 2 it's hard to say how they'll fair as they advance deeper into the playoffs.
If you’re a Detroit Red Wings fan, the first two games of the team’s series against Columbus have been bliss. If you’re just a neutral observer, the first two games have been depressing.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 18, 2009 1:11 AM EDT
Expect line-matching to become an intriguing storyline and one that will put the outcome in the hands of the experienced players.
With the series shifting back to St. Louis now and Vancouver leading two games to none, expect the line-matching strategy of Blues coach Andy Murray to become even more of a factor.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 15, 2009 11:23 AM EDT
Tavares on the Island and Hedman in Tampa isn't a terrible result for the league as a whole, but had the numbers fallen differently it could have been a homerun.
Amidst the glorious nerdy fun that was Tuesday’s draft lottery was the underlying importance of the event to the NHL as a whole. With all due respect to Erik Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Patrick Kane, determining the future whereabouts of John Tavares and Victor Hedman were of the utmost importance to a league riding considerable momentum and buzz in the sporting world.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 13, 2009 10:01 AM EDT
What's going to happen in the Devils-Hurricanes and Capitals-Rangers series is so tough to call one can only look to the Hockey Gods for guidance.
The first round matchups are in and while I would like to make confident picks on the outcomes, I have a feeling this will be a playoff year of upheaval.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 8, 2009 12:03 PM EDT
Looking for that statistic to support your team's case for a Stanley Cup run? Look no further than puck possession.
Every fan seeks out psychological edges when the playoffs begin because, really, no one knows what is going to happen. Upsets derail high-flying teams, other squads get hot at the darndest times and injuries can crush the souls of a city.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 6, 2009 11:20 AM EDT
With the season winding down, it's time for a little fun and a hip hop anthem for clubs bound for the post-season.
Are you excited for the post-season, folks? Because if down-to-the-wire races, Cinderella stories and Sidney Crosby fighting Panthers won’t do it, there’s only one thing left to get you amped.
by Ryan Kennedy - April 1, 2009 11:19 AM EDT
He may be the team's all-time leading scorer and show flashes of brilliance, but a hopefully healthy Gabbo is a risk Minnesota can't take.
How much money would you be willing to see your team give a player who scores more than a point per game? Keep that number in your head. Now think of how much you would pay said player if he only suited up for 52 games every season.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 30, 2009 1:40 PM EDT
If rivalry schools started hockey programs, the talent and passion would surely follow.
Sometimes the universe works in strange ways. For example, this weekend saw two of the biggest upsets in college hockey history when a pair of the Frozen Four’s top seeds were knocked off by the automatic bids from the two smaller conferences.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 25, 2009 11:21 AM EDT
The Thrashers and Maple Leafs are long gone from the playoff chase, but they're doing a great job of messing it up for others.
The Season of the Dagger is upon us, folks, so what better way to prepare for the final stretch of the regular season than to identify those holding a proverbial Sword of Damocles in their arsenal.
by Ryan Kennedy - March 23, 2009 12:10 PM EDT
For some players, making the jump to the pros before graduating has worked out well; for others, not so much.
One of the most important decisions of an NCAA player’s career is when to leave school. The college game not only provides a mix of great hockey and what would have been an expensive education for free, but also allows NHL teams to watch their prospects grow for up to four years without starting the clock on the player’s entry level contract.
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