When Marcus Johansson‘s overtime winner ended the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup run on Sunday; instead of lamenting what could have been, the team and their fans held their heads high. The Washington Capitals had already won the Presidents’ Trophy while the Leafs didn’t clinch their playoff berth until early in April. Entering the playoffs with a rookie core and a goalie playing his first season with the team; the Leafs were definitely underdogs. Very few thought the team would get anything from the series and a four-and-out clean sweep looked like a real possibility.  That’s taking nothing away from the Leafs who took CapsRead More →

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, so here’s our preview of the Eastern Conference’s quarter final games along with some storylines to look out for, as well as our predictions! Think you can you can do better? Join our Bracket Challenge, assuming the website works. Face-off times for the opening games are below and games can be seen wherever hockey is usually seen. TVs, bars, actual arenas. You choose. Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers First in the competition for which team will eventually get knocked out by Pittsburgh is an original six rivalry. As discussed in episode 126; the Habs haveRead More →

Competition for the Eastern Conference’s final wild card place is tight, with five teams separated by just five points. The Metropolitan division is pretty much set and although the New York Rangers haven’t yet clinched, barring any major collapse, their playoff place looks pretty safe. The picture in the Atlantic division is less concrete. No teams have clinched yet, although it’s unlikely that the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators will fall from the top two spots. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ position is slightly more precarious though. They’re holding onto the third spot, but only by one point. They currently have 84 points, so that’s theRead More →

There’s a proverb that says “don’t bite the hand that feeds”. Toronto Marlies’ veteran forward Brooks Laich seems to be unfamiliar with it. In an interview with The Athletic, he said: “You don’t win a Stanley Cup playing in the American League. If the Leafs don’t have a plan for me with them then I would like to pursue a Stanley Cup somewhere else You can read the full text from the interview here. Brooks Laich said he wants in on Leafs' plans or would rather chase a Cup 'somewhere else.’ He’s on waivers today: https://t.co/oGI35Vjf0t pic.twitter.com/z7xY7QeIC9 — The Athletic (@TheAthleticTO) February 21, 2017 ItRead More →

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended six games, for high sticking Minnesota Wild blueliner Jared Spurgeon in the Wild’s 6-3 win on February 12th. If you haven’t seen the offence, here it is: Alternate angle of Nyquist/Spurgeon. How do you spear a guy in the face and not get tossed from the game? pic.twitter.com/6j1i662vOn — Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) February 12, 2017 Scary stuff. Spurgeon missed a few minutes while betting stitches to his upper lip and came out relatively unscathed (by hockey standards). Still though, he was lucky. Shortly before the spear, Nyquist was knocked down by Spurgeon Nyquist declined an invitation to an in-personRead More →