by Sam McCaig - May 27, 2008 6:12 PM EDT
The Cup final isn't over yet, but it isn't too early to look back at the storylines that will have people chatting about throughout the summer.
Barring a rally for the ages in the Stanley Cup final, the 2008 post-season likely won’t be remembered as one for the ages. Only two Game 7s, and a lot of series seemed to be over after the second or third game.
by Sam McCaig - May 14, 2008 11:27 PM EDT
Captains old and new played big roles for the Stars, while Tomas Holmstrom's crease crashing ways cost the Wings in Game 4.
So that's what it takes to beat the Red Wings in these playoffs: Dallas' best effort, certainly of the series and perhaps of the post-season.
by Sam McCaig - May 11, 2008 1:05 AM EDT
If it can go wrong, it is for Dallas... Detroit's best playing like they should... and Ribeiro needs to be smarter.
Bad Star-t You started to get the feeling it wasn't going to be Dallas' night midway through the first period when the Stars had a 4-on-1 rush - ever seen one of those before? - and they couldn't even get a shot on net.
by Sam McCaig - May 6, 2008 2:19 PM EDT
Revisiting our pre-season and post-season picks... and a Pittsburgh-Philly double-take.
(IM)PERFECT PREDICTIONS With three full days off between the second and third rounds of the NHL playoffs, there’s time for a little reflection.
by Sam McCaig - May 3, 2008 7:27 AM EDT
Brenden Morrow's one-goal, hat trick kept the Stars close, but the Sharks' Joe's were the difference.
A pair of Joes and a couple recent Doug Wilson pickups trump a Brenden Morrow hat trick that wasn't, and the San Jose Sharks force a Game 6 back in Dallas after handing the Stars a 3-0 series lead.
by Sam McCaig - April 29, 2008 11:25 PM EDT
Norstrom the unexpected hero... Sharks bus leaving the station... and the stars who shone in Game 3.
First of all, let it be said that the Sharks-Stars tilt in Game 3 should be Exhibit A in the case that proves low-scoring games can be exciting.
by Sam McCaig - April 1, 2008 6:41 PM EDT
It's been a strong rookie crop, but a few have stood out from the pack... and handing out the Cy Young Award.
Here are six forward thoughts for the NHL’s top rookie award: Jonathan Toews, C: If you’re looking for the rookie who had the biggest impact when he played, the award goes to the Chicago pivot.
by Sam McCaig - March 25, 2008 5:27 PM EDT
Twelve NHL MVP candidates, but only one Hart Trophy; Patâ€™s back; and, Neilâ€™s gone.
How about three goalies as the top NHL MVP candidates this season: New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere and San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov? No, you say? Because netminders already have their own award, the Vezina, you say? Fine.
by Sam McCaig - March 11, 2008 6:24 PM EDT
Nine teams, eight spots. The regular season's final month will be a tense one... Sharks run Wild... and if the playoffs started today...
The 30-Day Challenge One month. One month from now, it will all be sorted out. Sixteen teams will be left standing – some may be wobbling, but they’ll still be around – while the also-rans, coulda-beens and never-weres will finally be put to rest.
by Sam McCaig - March 4, 2008 1:41 PM EST
Two future Hall of Famers return to the ice tonight as Sidney Crosby and Peter Forsberg make their comebacks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins – as well as the NHL at large – welcome back Sidney Crosby tonight in a game against Tampa Bay. The league might need Crosby back more than the Pens do, considering Pittsburgh went 11-6-4 in Crosby’s absence.
by Sam McCaig - February 19, 2008 3:20 PM EST
Revisiting the Wings, the worst best team in the league; the Southeast Division, the best worst division in the league; and Wayne Gretzky, the best worst coach of the best worst team in the league.
Down and out in Detroit Last week in my blog, the invincibility of the Detroit Red Wings was proposed, discussed, and generally agreed upon.
by Sam McCaig - February 12, 2008 4:16 PM EST
Everyone can tell by looking at the standings that Detroit is the best team in the league, but how did they get so far ahead?
Detroit is running away with the Central Division, the Western Conference and the overall NHL lead. How do the Wings do it, year after year after year? Here are the top 10 reasons the Red Wings continue to be better than everybody else: 10.