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First Round Playoff Predictions

It is playoff time and time to make first round playoff predictions.  As always, I expect to get some of these predictions wrong.  If hockey was completely predictable, why would we bother to watch?  I do expect that I will get more of these predictions correct than wrong and that it isn't possible to get them all right without an extreme amount of luck on your side. Anaheim...
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The Florida Panthers Win The Draft Lottery

from NHL.com, The Florida Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick. The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish. The Sabres will pick...
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Break out the Van Halen and put the beer on ice, it’s playoff time

It's the most wonderful time of the year. The tulips are sprouting, the birds are chirping...and the snow is falling? Regardless, it's playoff time, and the Montreal Canadiens are getting ready to take on Tampa Bay in the first round. Montreal looks to be a more complete team than they have in at least 6 or 7 years, if not a lot longer. Tampa Bay also look solid top to bottom...
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Bryan Murray On The Senators Season

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra, In Tuesday’s post-mortem on what went so wrong with his team this season, he was an open book about a club that started slowly and only found a degree of consistency when the season was already lost. He had some harsh words for the work of coach Paul MacLean, saying his approach to players must change. He said captain Jason Spezza’s...
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Watching The NBC Sports Group

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2014 – On the strength of the inaugural NHL Stadium Series, the return of the NHL Winter Classic, and the second season of Wednesday Night Rivalry, the 2013-14 NHL regular season set a full-season viewership record for NBCSN, and is expected to do the same for NBC when final figures become available later this week, according to The Nielsen Company...
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The Model Franchise

from Chad Finn of Boston.com, Maybe the rules of superstition suggest we should wait for the Bruins' first-round playoff series with the long-admired Detroit Red Wings to be complete before making such a declaration.. But it's the truth now, and it should be acknowledged now. The Bruins, not the Red Wings, have become the model franchise in the NHL. And the exclamation...
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Video- On The Eve Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs, Gary Bettman Talks Hockey

Gary Bettman appeared on the Squawk Box on CNBC today to talk hockey...  
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Malkin At Ease The Day Before The Playoffs Start

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Malkin missed the final 11 games because of a hairline fracture to a bone in his right foot. He participated in a full practice Tuesday and centered a second line with Neal and Jussi Jokinen as his wingers. Malkin said he felt “no pain” immediately after the session. He needed to meet with Penguins physicians to gain clearance...
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Rivalries Dominate First-Round Matchups and Ticket Prices for Stanley Cup Playoffs

By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ, In what is sure to be a promising and competitive postseason, the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature a few of the league’s most historic rivalries. The Philadelphia Flyers will head north on the New Jersey turnpike to take on the New York Rangers beginning April 17, with the two teams splitting their season series 2-2....
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Quack, Quack, Quack - A Trio of Goalies to Choose from for the Playoffs

In the words of Bruce Boudreau, "We’re in position with three good goalies. I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.” How would you like to be a SCP coach, and have this trio of goalies as a luxury.  This does not even include Victor Fasth who started the season with the Ducks. http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-nhl-ducks-goalies-20140414...
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It Was A Bad Year In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News, The Buffalo Sabres' rebuild starts in earnest tonight with the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto,  after what General Manager Tim Murray admitted was an "unacceptable" last-place season. Murray and coach Ted Nolan met with reporters today in a wrap to the Sabres' 21-51-10 trainwreck of a season, the worst...
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Guaranteed First Round Locks

As you are aware, Paul is asking for your Round 1 predictions. I was going to leave mine in the comments of this post, but I like a big room.  And I have things to say that you need to read.  I have predictions. Quality, unbiased, research-driven predictions based on statistics, history, in-depth knowledge of the game and my unbridled love for the commissioner of the NHL. And...
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Thoughts Before The Playoffs Start

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, - Pending free agent Paul Stastny says he wants to stay in Colorado, and the Avalanche keeping him past the trade deadline shows a sense it can be done. But he will be watched very closely in the playoffs, just in case. Scouts like his two-way game, his intelligence, his positioning and his ability to make others better. If there's one concern...
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Craig MacTavish On The State Of The Oilers

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal, Key quotes from the Craig MacTavish press conference. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish held a year-end presser, starting off with the expected comments, that the team hadn’t met expectations this year, but everyone in the organization is still committed to winning a Stanley Cup. The culture of the organization is...
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Jeff Blashill Named AHL Coach Of The Year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill has been named the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding coach for the 2013-14 season, as voted by fellow coaches and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities. Continue reading "Jeff Blashill Named AHL Coach Of The Year"
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Your First Round Picks For The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Are you a hockey expert? Have you played the game? It doesn't matter, in my mind all hockey fans should have their say when it comes to predictions, so here is your chance to make them. Just list the winner of each matchup and if you want to go the extra mile, how many game will each series go?     Bracket via TSN
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Playoff Thoughts

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet, The matchup I can’t wait for? Chicago and St. Louis. Old Norris Division rivals; speed versus hurt; ample anger on both sides and one team can hold its ability to win Cups over the other championship-challenged franchise. Yes, please. The fact Tampa Bay goalie and Vezina candidate Ben Bishop is sidelined seems to have made Montreal the consensus...
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Randy Carlyle Met With The Media Today

from TSN, Randy Carlyle could only speak for the moment when asked about his future as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, addressing the media on Tuesday for the first time after his team's season ended short of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. “I'm here today,” he said when asked whether he would be back with the club for the 2014-15 season. “In this business...
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Zetterberg Shooting For Round 2, Still A Way To Go

  Henrik Zetterberg said he will accompany #RedWings to Boston later this week and begin practicing with team starting this Thursday. — The Wheel Deal (@Bill_Roose) April 15, 2014
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Picking The San Jose Sharks

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, The easy assumption is that the Bruins could get by the Red Wings, Canadiens, or whomever is left for the Conference Final without facing the gauntlet while the Western champion has to muddle through Chicago and St. Louis; San Jose and Los Angeles; just to be left standings for one round. By form, the rested Eastern champ, Boston, should...
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Eugene Melnyk On The Senators

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra, “Paul is our coach, he’s going to be our coach going into next year,” said Melnyk, who suggested that there could be other changes within the coaching staff and hockey operations department. While he cleared up MacLean’s status, the water is still muddy as far as Spezza is concerned. “Jason understands what his role was and...
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The Enduring Detroit Red Wings

from Katie Baker of Grantland, So, what were you up to in 1991? Me, I can’t be entirely sure, but it definitely involved some combination of gymnastics, slap bracelets, and watching Nickelodeon-produced PSAs about acid rain. If it helps trigger your memory: The Soviet Union was dissolving that year, Super Nintendo came to the U.S., and the ribbon was being cut on California’s...
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Team USA Names Peter Laviolette As Head Coach For IIHF World Championship

from USA Hockey, Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.) has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Minsk, Belarus, May 9-25. Team USA is the defending bronze medalist in the event. Laviolette has...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Wings Are Practicing

via Chuck Pleiness tweet, Well so much for Zetterberg taking part in his first practice with the team. Babcock just closed the door and he's not on the ice. more coming as needed...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Flyers Sign Andrew MacDonald To A Six Year Extension

via the Philadelphia Flyers, The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a multi-year contract extension today, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. MacDonald was acquired by the Flyers around this year's trade deadline on March 4 from the NY Islanders, and since joining the team, has four assists in 19 games and recorded...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss
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