Bruins Right Where Maple Leafs Want?

A handful of teams have already advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Boston Bruins could join those teams tonight. All it’s going to take is one more victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Boston Garden. As the two Original Six franchises head into Game 5, it’s been an almost one-sided series, with the Bruins leading three games to one and outscoring the…

April 21, 2018
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Will Kadri Be Maple Leafs’ Salvation?

  Nazem Kadri is set to return from his three-game suspension Saturday night, Game 5 of his Toronto Maple Leafs’ first-round series against the Boston Bruins. Kadri’s return couldn’t be timelier for the Maple Leafs, who are facing elimination after a 3-1 loss Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. Though Toronto’s play improved during their two games at home, their Game 3 victory was decidedly lucky and, despite outplaying…

April 20, 2018
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Barkov is Selke Bound

April 20, 2018

The Selke Trophy is given to the “forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game,” and while offensive output is not mentioned in the description, it too is a factor. Although left out of this year’s nominees, it is an award the Florida Panthers’ Aleksander Barkov is not only worthy of, but one I expect him to win, if not next season, very soon. What…

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Pegula Admits Words Won’t Rally Team

Roughly seven years ago, the new owner of the Buffalo Sabres, Terry Pegula, wrote a letter to fans sharing his vision to have the team’s name inscribed on the Stanley Cup. Yesterday, Sabres season ticket holders received an empathetic letter from Pegula, embarrassed that his team stinks. The six-paragraph, one-page, carefully crafted letter was a mix of frustration, appreciation, accountability and hope. The only hard news from the owner was…

April 20, 2018
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Red Wings Draft Lottery Payout: Jackpot or Jack Squat

When it comes to the 2018 NHL Draft, the Detroit Red Wings need to be more prepared than a doomsday bunker-dweller up to their nose in canned goods. After all, this is the most important draft in a generation. The Red Wings will pick four times in the first 36 selections, including a lottery pick where they’ll pick no lower than eighth. That top-eight pick will have a legitimate shot…

April 20, 2018
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Is Alex Nylander a Bust?

The Buffalo Sabres need Alex Nylander to take the next step in his personal development. Mired in a perpetual tailspin, the Sabres have failed to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven consecutive seasons. Now holding the greatest odds in the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, Buffalo’s lack of offence throughout the 2017-18 season — amongst other issues — decimated their most recent campaign, as the team managed an NHL-worst 199 goals…

April 20, 2018
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Canadiens Fans Need Answers After Lefebvre Firing

It was about time for ex-Laval Rocket head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. Or, to be more respectful, the clock had at least run out on him and his time at the helm of the American Hockey League farm team of the Montreal Canadiens. After one playoff berth in six seasons (a single playoff game won), the Canadiens could not justify keeping Lefebvre aboard any longer, not after the season the parent…

April 20, 2018
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Jake DeBrusk Overcoming Adversity

When the Bruins selected Jake DeBrusk with the 14th overall pick in 2015, there were mixed reactions from the fanbase. The malcontent wasn’t due to DeBrusk’s ability, but rather, due to the fact that the Bruins had collected three consecutive first-round picks and instead of trading them to acquire a higher draft pick or immediate help on defense, they made a string of picks that included DeBrusk, Jakub Zboril and…

April 20, 2018
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Rask Trade Haunting Maple Leafs

When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded top goaltending prospect Tuukka Rask to the Boston Bruins in 2006, there were obvious risks attached to the move. Rask, taken in the first round just one year prior to the deal, looked like the real deal as a goaltending prospect at the time. The Bruins, well aware of his potential, saw an opportunity to capitalize on their goaltending depth at the time by…

April 20, 2018
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Devils Pushed to Brink of Elimination

Two nights after scoring five goals in a Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning the New Jersey Devils only managed to get one goal and were pushed to the brink of elimination following a 3-1 loss in Game 4. They had scored first to take the early lead, but that only lasted for 3:07 and less than seven minutes after they scored New Jersey found themselves trailing 2-1…

April 19, 2018
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