We’re less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Today we continue to dive into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday was the turn of the Tampa Bay Lightning, today we look at the the last original six team left in this series; the Toronto Maple Leafs.   2016/17 record: 40/27/15 Key additions: Patrick Marleau, Ron Hainsey Key losses: Brian Boyle, Matt Hunwick 2017/18 prediction: Playoffs – second round at a push. Embed from Getty Images The last time theRead More →

The NHL is less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over this period we’re diving into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Today we head to Canada’s capital and discuss the Ottawa Senators. 2016/17 record: 44-28-10 Key additions: Johnny Oduya Key losses: Marc Methot, Tommy Wingels 2017/18 prediction: Fourth in the Atlantic (wildcard spot) Embed from Getty Images Losing in double overtime to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions is not a bad way to end a season, especially a yearRead More →

The NHL is less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over this period we’re diving into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the Minnesota Wild, today we head north of the border and look at the Montreal Canadiens. 2016/17 record: 47/26/9  Key additions: Jonathan Drouin, Ales Hemsky, Karl Alzner. Key losses: Mikhail Sergachev, Andrei Markov, Nathan Beaulieu, Alexander Radulov. 2017/18 prediction: Playoffs again, but it won’t be easy. Embed from Getty Images Last season; the Montreal CanadiensRead More →

We’re less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Today we continue to dive into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the Edmonton Oilers, today we head south to Florida and see what the Panthers’ season has in store for them. 2016/17 record: 35-36-11 Key additions: Radim Vrbata, Evgeni Dadonov Key losses: Jaromir Jagr, Jon Marchessault, Reilly Smith, Thomas Vanek, Jussi Jokinen 2017/18 prediction: 41-30-11= 93 points. Playoff bubble team Embed from Getty Images Heading into the 2016-17 NHLRead More →

The NHL is less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over this period we’re diving into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the Dallas Stars, today we’re looking at our 11th team, which is coincidentally how many Stanley Cups the team has won. It’s the Detroit Red Wings. 2016/17 record: 33/36/13 Key additions: Trevor Daley, Luke Witkowski. Key losses: Tomas Nosek. 2017/18 prediction: There’ll be no playoff hockey in Detroit this season. Embed from Getty Images The 2016/17 seasonRead More →

The NHL is just 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over the next 31 days we’ll dive into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the Arizona Coyotes. Today we take the first trip out east, seeing what can be expected from the Boston Bruins. 2016/17 record: 44-31-7 Key additions: Urho Vaakanainen Key losses: Colin Miller 2017/18 prediction: Just out of the playoffs Embed from Getty Images Yes, the above information is not a typo. The Boston Bruins did virtually nothingRead More →

The Detroit Red Wings have have long struggled to maintain a capable defensive corp. The days of Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios feel like a lifetime ago. It would be unfair to place all of the Wings’ faults squarely on the blue line, but inconsistency is the only factor that’s been consistent at the Joe Louis. But a line has been drawn and while the desperately needed complete rebuild probably won’t happen; Ken Holland‘s free agency shopping has potentially calmed the storm. Embed from Getty Images On paper Trevor Daley feels like a great addition. Daley, 33 has just won back-to-back Stanley Cups Stanley Cups,Read More →

As the NHL continued to expand, it was time to add more teams to existing markets. On December 10th 1992, two new franchises were awarded and 1993 saw the addition of two new teams. Florida Panthers Considering that the NHL had first expanded into Florida just one year prior, the league felt that Tampa Bay and Sunrise were far enough apart to offer each team their own fanbase. Maybe because the Retirement State is a pretty big place, or maybe it was just that Wayne Huizenga had $50 million going spare. Remember this was the 90s and Blockbuster was still relevant. Kids, go ask yourRead More →