Predators vs Blues The wait is over, hockey is finally back. Tonight, we kick off the NHL’s second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a shockingly, but deserving game, between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Nashville stunned the hockey world with a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, who many thought would make a run for its 4th cup in seven years. Embed from Getty Images The Blues took care of business fairly easily with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild, who stumbled at the worst time. Nashville has never advanced to the conference finals in franchise history, the Blues willRead More →

As we continue our look at how the NHL became the league we see today, the next step on our journey takes us to 1979 when the NHL expanded to absorb four World Hockey Association teams. Before we do that, we’ll pause for a moment to take a brief look at the 12 other WHA teams for whom fate was not so kind. We’ll save the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets for another time. ‘Forgotten’ is of course a tough word; some of the teams below will live long in hockey memory, others are just a mere blip in the historyRead More →

“Stop signing guys with ‘B’s just cos you’re the Boston Bruins” – Carl Landra You may have heard Carl’s insight into Boston’s problems on episode 115. But what if instead of not signing guys whose surnames start with the letter B, the Bruins only signed them. Is it possible to build a good 20 man roster using just one letter of the alphabet? Would any of the current Boston roster make the team? The below positions are as per NHL.com Embed from Getty Images Based purely on points scored at time of writing, here are Boston’s new forward lines:   Jamie Benn (DAL) – NicklasRead More →

By the time the middle of April arrives, 14 teams’ NHL seasons will have come to an end. For some of those teams it’ll be a hard-fought battle to the end, only to suffer heartbreaking defeat as they miss out on that last wildcard spot. For others, their seasons are effectively already over and have been since before Christmas. For those that aren’t challenging for the Stanley Cup, there is another target on the horizon, but to get it they’ve gotta suck pretty damn hard: tanking to get that first overall draft pick. Winning the draft lottery isn’t ‘winning’ at all. It’s a recognition thatRead More →

As discussed on this week’s podcast, next season’s jersey manufacturers Adidas have done away with the third/alternate jersey. This will make it easier to roll out the new jerseys for each team. Those affected will have to face a choice, do they integrate the alternate design into the their home/road jersey? Or do they abandon them altogether? Here are the teams that currently have an alternate jersey (as defined by their official store), and a few thoughts on what should become of them. Anaheim Ducks This gloriously orange jersey with its retro logo needs to stay, it can easily replace the Ducks’ current road jersey.Read More →