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We talk pucks and objects of that kind. We yell, complain, and analyze in the language of hockey fandom. Gretzky can do no wrong.

Kyle Vandenberga year ago
Predicting the NHL Western Conference Playoffs
Last week, I discussed who might be in line to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Admittedly, preseason playoff predictions don't usually go so well. But it's fun to think about who might ha...
Eric Greena year ago
Top Ten Ultimate Comebacks in NHL History
Freshly zambonied ice. A highly anticipated fight between two rivals. The blinding glint of the Stanley Cup under the lights of the rink. Hockey can be heart pumpingly, down the rest of your beer, sto...
Kyle Vandenberga year ago
Predicting the NHL Eastern Conference Playoffs
Can you feel that? September is more than halfway over. Football is under way. Baseball playoffs are just around the corner. The best time of year for sports has always been the fall, and for those of...
Steve Smitha year ago
2017-18 NHL Storylines to Watch
Ah, my friends, I've just finished watching the end of the Islanders-Flyers preseason game that was streamed on the Islanders' website today. I only caught the third period and overtime, but my how I ...
Steve Smitha year ago
Which Pekka Rinne Are We Going to See Tonight?
My colleague Kyle Vandenberg posed an interesting query to finish his profile of Nashville’s starting goaltender before Game 5: which Pekka Rinne were we going to see that night? (Okay, he specificall...
Steve Smitha year ago
City of Pittsburgh is Soft as Hell for Their Handling of Catfish Thrower
In Nashville, they throw catfish. In Detroit, the originator of this bizarre and frankly gross tradition, they throw octopuses (yes, octopuses, not octopi, look it up ya peons). In Pittsburgh, they ap...
Steve Smitha year ago
Niskanen’s Hit on Crosby and Why We Need to Stop Discussing “Intent”
Early in the first period of Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby was knocked out of the game after contact was made with his head in the form of a slash from ...
Steve Smitha year ago
Predicting the First Round of the NHL Playoffs
Ah, it’s that wonderful time once again. Yes, the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight when the puck drops for the Bruins-Senators series in Ottawa, and the Rangers-Canadiens series in Montreal, at 7:00...
Steve Smitha year ago
Mocking Up Some of Vegas’s Expansion Selections
Wednesday will be the unveiling of Vegas’s initial team roster, as comprised of the 30 selections they make, one from each team. Though the trade freeze went into effect on Saturday, it only applied t...
Steve Smitha year ago
Coach Swap: Examining the Effects of Coaching Changes
We’ve all heard the old cliché: you can’t fire the players, so first you fire the coach. Sometimes, teams need a shake-up and swapping out the guy behind the bench is a reasonable place to start. Ofte...
Kyle Vandenberga year ago
Predicting the Top 10 Picks in the NHL Draft
What a crazy off-season this has already turned out to be. The NHL’s newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, selected players from each of the other 30 teams in the league, and have put together a...
Steve Smitha year ago
Summing Up the First Round, Picking the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Well folks, the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs concluded Sunday with the elimination of the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Second Round of the playoffs has been set and commences ...
Kyle Vandenberga year ago
Three Players Who MUST Go at the Deadline
The NHL trade deadline is a little over a month away. Between this weekend’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles and the deadline on March 1, teams will be wheeling and dealing to get ready for the stretch r...
Steve Smitha year ago
Why Brad Marchand Was Suspended for His Spear and Sidney Crosby Was Not
Some folks are pretty upset at the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. And I mean, how could you not be as a general rule? It is the departmental equivalent of a backed-up toilet and almost always has ...
Kyle Vandenberga year ago
Should The Devils Trade Cory Schneider?
This season started with a lot of hope for the New Jersey Devils. But after a difficult month during December, they find themselves near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with just 51 poi...
Kyle Vandenberga year ago
These NHL Coaches Deserved Better
It’s that time of year. Teams are making adjustments and trying to put themselves in position to make the playoffs. All too common in pro sports is the idea that when a team is under-performing, it’s ...
Kyle Vandenberga year ago
Scapegoat to Savior: How Pekka Rinne Righted the Ship
“Pekka has been excellent for us all year long, like I said. There’s things that we could have done. All three goals in the third period were odd-man rushes.” While this quote from Peter Laviolette’s ...
Kyle Vandenberga year ago
Who Should New Jersey Take First Overall?
The NHL Draft lottery was full of surprises. Despite only an 8.8% chance of gaining the top overall pick, the New Jersey Devils jumped over four teams to claim the first spot. Before the NHL Draft kic...