With a quarter of the NHL’s 2017/18 season already under its belt, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on how the teams are performing at this early stage. Given that less is more, especially in today’s TL:DR society, I wanted to mix things up a little. Instead of the usual review format, we’ll be looking at each team using the form of the Haiku poem.  Today we’re looking at the teams in the Eastern Conference, starting alphabetically: Embed from Getty Images Boston Bruins While we hate Marchand Pasta is dish of the day OK results so far   Buffalo Sabres This isRead More →

We’ve already looked at three NHL teams who are exceeding expectations, now let’s look at some who aren’t. We’re about a month into the season now, and there are teams who frankly, we had higher hopes for. Teams who’ve made the right moves but are falling short in the standings. Washington Capitals The Metropolitan division has long provided some of the stronger teams in the NHL; and Carl’s fomer bandwagon team, the Washington Capitals have dominated the division in the last two seasons. Well known for imploding during Cup runs, the three-time Presidents’ Trophy winner seem to have started their collapse early this season. Embed from GettyRead 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 Vegas Golden Knights and today we turn to my former bandwagon team: the Washington Capitals. 2016/17 record: 55-19-8 Key additions: Devante Smith-Pelly Key losses: Nate Schmidt, Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk, Marcus Johansson, Justin Williams 2017/18 prediction: Exit in the first round of the playoffs Embed from Getty Images Another year older, another year w…..orse. The Washington Capitals, perennialRead 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 look at the Flyers arch-rival: the Pittsburgh Penguins. 2016/17 record: 50-21-11=111 points Key additions: Antti Niemi, Ryan Reaves, Matt Hunwick >Key losses: Marc Andre Fleury, Chris Kunitz, Trevor Daley, Nick Bonino, Ron Hainsey, Matt Cullen 2017/18 prediction: Three cups in a row. Is it possible? Embed from Getty Images As usual, a playoff spot is eminentRead 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 Erik Karlsson & Friends the Ottawa Senators, today we head back across the border to the home of wonderful cheese steaks, the Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Flyers. 2016/17 record: 39/33/10 Key additions: Nolan Patrick, Brian Elliott, Jori Lehtera Key losses: Steve Mason, Michael Del Zotto, Brayden Schenn 2017/18 prediction: Miss the playoffs Embed from Getty Images 2016/17Read 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 Matt looked at the New York Islanders, today we travel the short distance to the MSG and visit those perpetual playoff disappointments; it’s the New York Rangers. 2016/17 record: 48/28/6 Key additions: David Desharnais, Anthony DeAngelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ondrej Pavelec. Key losses: Kevin Klein, Dan Girardi, Antti Raanta, Derek Stepan, Oscar Lindberg. 2017/18 prediction: Repeat of lastRead More →

Brian Boyle is listed as a towering six foot seven inches center. That alone is impressive but it’s his heart and determination is what makes him a truly special player. That is why when on September 19th it rocked the hockey world to hear Boyle and his new team, the New Jersey Devils, announce that he had been diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). Boyle on diagnosis: "My mindset is on Oct. 7. I don’t like missing games. I feel as close to normal as you can feel." — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) September 19, 2017 True to form Boyle said “My mindset is on Oct.Read More →