The 2018 Stanley Cup winning Washington Capitals were set to go the distance again, but instead of breaking records, all the 2019 playoffs brought were broken hearts and very broken brackets. This season will be better. It has to be, doesn’t it? Embed from Getty Images Notable Players In: Radko Gudas, Richard Panik, Brendan Leipsic Notable Players Out: Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik First Key Game: St. Louis Blues – October 2nd. Odds to win the division 7:1 (1st overall) (via Betway) Embed from Getty Images Is this a bet worth taking? The Washington Capitals are rightfully the favorites to win this division. That said, theRead More →

The summer break is over and hockey will soon be back. As part of our NHL season previews, today we look at the Arizona Coyotes. Notable Players In: Phil Kessel, Carl Soderberg Notable Players Out: Alex Galchenyuk First Key Game: Vegas Golden Knights; October 10th. Embed from Getty Images Odds to win the division 12:1 (t-5th overall) (via Betway) Is this a bet worth taking? No. If you rummage around the back the sofa and turn up a couple of bucks though, throw it on the Coyotes to make the playoffs. They’re probably not going to win the division, but the odds are nicely stackedRead More →

The term ‘Mr Irrelevant’ is given the player picked last in the NFL draft, but what happens if we apply it to the NHL? What if instead of just looking at the last player picked, we worked our way backwards and picked an entire team? 12 forwards (four from each position), eight defensemen and two goalies. Mr Irrelevant just became Team Irrelevant. Starting with the 2010 draft, we’ll take a look at each member of our team and explore how their NHL career has panned out since draft day: Forwards – Centre Embed from Getty Images Joonas Rask – you might be wondering is JoonasRead More →

Surely there are lots of Carl’s in the NHL. It’s a popular enough name, isn’t it? Turns out there aren’t. There have been so few, that we can take a look at and get to know most of the different Carl’s that have tried to earn a living in the NHL: Carl Brewer Blueliner Carl Brewer played 604 games in the NHL, mostly for his home town team the Toronto Maple Leafs. The four-time all-star lifted the Stanley Cup three times with Toronto (1962, 63 & 64) and was even inducted into the Finnish Hall of Fame. Aside from some time in Finland, the WHARead More →

While the NHL was preparing for the Stanley Cup Final; on the other side of the world, Finland were victorious in the IIHF World Championship final. The Finns won gold for only the third time, with victory over Canada. Russia beat the Czech Republic in the bronze medal game. Well done Team Finland, and to every team that took part, you provided a nice distraction for those of us whose teams didn’t make the playoffs. Embed from Getty Images Therein lies the problem. Unless your team is in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s mug, there’s nothing really else for your team to play for. Sure, there’sRead More →

‘Who will hoist the cup?’ NHL.com proudly asks as it promotes it’s TV service. Well Uncle Gary, I hope for your sake it’s the St. Louis Blues because who really cares about a Sharks-Bruins final? Aside from Sharks and Bruins fans. Obviously. This post-season has been dominated by two talking points. Firstly the officiating, which has been discussed and critiqued ad-nauseum. Secondly, the giant-killing comedy of the Carolina Hurricanes. Embed from Getty Images They took the reigning champions Washington to a game-seven decider then blew away the Islanders in a clean sweep to reach the Eastern Conference final. Alas it wasn’t to be. The StormRead More →