NHL Playoffs: St. Louis Blues-Chicago Blackhawks Preview

The return of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews could doom the St. Louis Blues (via ndgoon) The St. Louis Blues enter the postseason on a six-game losing streak, just 3-7-0 in their last 10 games.  The Chicago Blackhawks have not been proficient in their last 10 either, though, going just 5-5-0.  Chicago claims a +47 goal differential, while St. Louis boasts a +57. The offensive...
Via Grandstand University
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Girl predicts 1st round outcome of NHL playoffs with manicure

In an age where people take photos of everything they do (like cooking and going to the gym), girls across the country have started posting pictures after they get their fingernails painted. I don’t mind this, I appreciate women who take pride in their appearance. However, a Twitter user under the handle “Chandler Grace (@chan_bing)” has the most original set of nails I have...
Via Around The Rink
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Flyers fans: Easy to unfriend Rangers fans on Facebook

The Philadelphia Flyers are set to take on the New York Rangers in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two teams have been fierce rivals for more than 30 years, and this will be the 11th time they have met in the postseason. In fact, they dislike each other so much that […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kari Lehtonen Can Once Again Prove Doubters Wrong

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Lehtonen last was in the postseason in 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Just 23 at the time, he had helped the Thrashers make the playoffs for the first time by forging a 34-24-9 record. In the opening game against the New York Rangers, he lost a 4-2 contest and was replaced by Johan Hedberg in Game 2. In Game 3, he returned...
Via Kukla's Korner
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

NHL Playoffs Simulation - Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers

The New York Rangers finished with 96 points and a +25 goal differential. The Philadelphia Flyers finished with 95 points and scored just 1 more goal than they allowed. Our simulation has the Broadstreet Bullies winning in 5. Game 1Flyers 4Rangers 1Flyers lead series 1-0. 1st Period:NYR - Rick Nash (1) (Derick Stepan, Carl Hagelin) 4:02PHI - Claude Giroux (1) (Jakub Voracek, Scott...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

NHL Playoffs Simulation - Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning

The Montreal Canadians finished with 100 points, yet scored the 2nd least amount of goals (215) of the 16 playoff teams. Only the Minnesota Wild scored less. The Tampa Bay Lightning finished with 101 points. Our simulation has the Lightning winning game 7. Game 1Canadians 3Lightning 0Canadians lead series 1-0 1st Period:MTL - Brian Gionta (1) (Lars Eller) 8:352nd Period:MTL - Thomas...
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21 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...
Via Kukla's Korner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pending unrestricted free agent Cammalleri would like to speak with Flames, unsure if he’ll test market

Surfacing one by one from the Calgary Flames dressing room at the conclusion of each exit meeting, they claimed that Monday was not the day for contract negotiations with the boss. But, still, the team’s unrestricted and restricted free agents were questioned about their future with the rebuilding National Hockey League club. “I don’t have anything to report,” said Michael...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Rangers agree with Mat Bodie

The New York Rangers have landed one of the most sought-after college free agents in defenseman Mat Bodie. Bodie's agent, Brian Bartlett, told ESPN New York on Tuesday morning that his client has reached a deal with the Rangers. A team official confirmed the move. Bodie, 24, helped lead Union to its first NCAA championship in the Frozen Four this weekend, getting a goal and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Has Del Zotto received a fair chance since his trade to the Predators?

When defenseman Michael Del Zotto was traded to the Nashville Predators, David Poile touted him as a player who could help Nashville “get back into the playoff race” and that the trade was “more for the long term”. With how he was utilized him in the final weeks of the regular season, now that season is over and the playoffs are an afterthought, it will be a fairly interesting...
Via The Predatorial
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Leafs' Bernier will be back, what about Reimer?

One needs an operation. The other could decide, if he hasn’t already, that he needs a new address. The off-season for the Maple Leafs’ goaltenders will take divergent paths, but at least Jonathan Bernier, who will have sports hernia surgery on Wednesday, knows where he will be when the Leafs open training camp in September. James Reimer? Not so much. “I have no idea, to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Six Stats to remember about the Blue Jackets

- 72.1% - That’s the percentage of their total goals that the Blue Jackets have scored at even strength; good for only 24th in the league and just hair better than the Pens who are at 71.7%.  Like the Penguins, the Blue Jackets aren’t very good at even strength and winning games is usually mutually exclusive to capitalizing on power play opportunities.  Pens have converted...
Via The Pensblog
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Flyers re-sign Andrew MacDonald, Twitter laughs

Okay, we get it. Paul Holmgren is a bad general manager. In fact, let’s all be thankful that the Flyers don’t have anything that remotely resembles a competent managerial team. The Andrew MacDonald signing, sure is something. The JVR for Luke Schenn trade was… terrible. Drafting Claude Giroux was an accident. Bryzgalov, LOL. Mark Streit is how old? You traded Bobrovsky? The...
Via Save By Richter
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NHL Draft Lottery: New Jersey Devils modification explained

Getty Images The 2014 NHL Lottery Draft will take place tonight at 8:00 PM ET and will be announced live during a 30-minute program televised by TSN in Canada. U.S. viewers can watch a special presentation on NBCSN which will re-air on NHL Network (U.S.) at 8:30 PM ET. Of the 14 teams not taking part in the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 13 are qualified to enter tonight’s lottery...
Via The Hockey Guys
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Kukla's Korner
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stars have held their own vs. Ducks this season

When the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks drop the puck on their 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series on Wednesday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, it's a matchup replete with storylines.
Via FOXSports.com
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith's MCL sprain will heal without surgery, team says

While Coyotes players were packing up their equipment Monday inside Jobing.com Arena before scattering to their off-season destinations, goalie Mike Smith was finally ready to unload his. Smith said "about now" was the time he would have been ready to return from what General Manager Don Maloney revealed was an MCL sprain to Smith's right knee — an injury suffered...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Malkin Practices and More Roster Updates

There are a few roster notes from the Pens today. This one is the most important: The Penguins suffered an NHL-high 529 man-games lost due to injury this season, but centers Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale appear poised to return to the lineup, on the eve of their opening-round series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Malkin and Vitale participated in full-contact practice Tuesday afternoon...
Via The Pensblog
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shayne Gostisbehere signs entry-level contract with Flyers

The Flyers hottest prospect is making the jump to the pros. Shayne Gostisbehere, the highly-touted defenseman for the recently crowned national champion Union College, has signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers and will play for the Adirondack Phantoms this weekend. It was a big weekend for Gostisbehere in the Frozen Four. In addition to being on Union's national championship...
Via Flyerdelphia
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Flyers Five: Recent playoff runs

The Flyers celebrate after completing their 3-0 series comeback against Boston in the 2010 second round -- their most memorable playoff run in recent history. (Photo Courtesy of flyers.nhl.com) The playoffs are set, and the Flyers will look to embark on the arduous journey for Lord Stanley's Cup after a year's hiatus. Their upcoming series with the Rangers promises be an...
Via Flyerdelphia
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Recall J.T. Miller From Wolf Pack

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward J.T. Miller from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Miller, 21, registered four points (two goals, two assists) in a back-to-back set at St. John’s on Saturday and Sunday. He has tallied a point in four of six games...
Via Sox and Dawgs
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Get into Stanley Cup Playoffs mode with NHL’s ‘Best of the Year’ compilation (video)

With the 2013-14 regular season wrapped up and the NHL set to drop the puck on the postseason on Wednesday, what better time to familiarize oneself with the best of the best from the long grind that is the 82-game prelude to arguably the best postseason in professional sports: The Stanley Cup Playoffs. Above is […] The post Get into Stanley Cup Playoffs mode with NHL’s ‘Best...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Kukla's Korner
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Regular Season Thoughts Recap: Pens vs Blue Jackets

Pens – Blue Jackets in Review By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Here’s a game-by-game recap of my thoughts posts vs. Columbus. Can the Penguins pull off this feat again? (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo) Game 14: Pens win 4-2 Goals from Kunitz (PP), Sutter, Letang (PP), and Megna Good: Fleury made 37 saves on 39 shots. Malkin contributed to three goals, drew a penalty, and forced...
Via The PensNation
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin returns to practice, could play in Game 1

After missing the final 11 games of the regular season,  Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin returned to practice Tuesday. Malkin sustained a foot injury on March 23. Malkin said he felt good during the practice, but wouldn’t give any indication that he will play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. “It seems like...
Via Sports-Glory
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

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