On Feb 29, 1988, in the middle of a snowstorm, the Villegas family arrived in Canada. This was the first time we saw snow. The next day, without any say in the matter, I went to school and it was terrifying. I didn’t understand a word anyone was saying. I knew Chile, and I didn’t know the world that was to be my new home. Less did I know or care that 7 months later, Wayne Gretzky was leaving Edmonton. As a Chilean, it should go without saying that hockey was not a natural “thing” for us. Wayne Gretzky was not a common name asRead 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 St. Louis Blues, today we look at a franchise at a crossroads, it’s the San Jose Sharks. 2016/17 record: 46/29/7 Key additions: Playing time for young players (No additions but still have 8.7 million in cap space) Key losses: Patrick Marleau, David Schlemko, Mirco Mueller 2017/18 prediction: Out in the first round of the playoffs. EmbedRead 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 Florida Panthers; today we Look at the Los Angeles Kings. 2016/17 record: 39-35-8 Key additions: Mike Cammalleri Key subtractions: Darryl Sutter 2017/18  prediction: Dethroned Embed from Getty Images The 2016/17 season was a rough time for the LA Kings; Superstar Anze Kopitar underperformed during the year with only scoring 12 goals and a minus tenRead More →

2016/17 record: 50-24-8 Key additions: Ryan Strome, Jussi Jokinen, Yohann Auvitu Key losses: Jordan Eberle, Griffin Reinhart, Benoit Pouliot, Matt Hendricks 2017/18 prediction: 2nd in Pacific, Western Conference Finals Embed from Getty Images ​A​ ​lot​ ​has happened​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Oilers​ ​to​ ​go​ ​from​ ​perennial​ ​bottom​ ​feeders​ ​to​ ​Stanley​ ​Cup​ ​contenders,​ ​but​ ​if​ ​we think​ ​about​ ​it,​ ​doesn’t the transition feel a little quick? When​ ​people were​ ​talking​ ​predictions​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Oilers​ ​of​ ​2016/17​ many came​ ​to​ ​the consensus​ ​that​ ​the​ team might​ ​contend​ ​for​ ​a​ ​playoff​ ​spot​ ​and​ in the ​best​ ​case​ ​scenario​, bow​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​first​ ​round.​ ​But the ​Hart​ ​winning​ ​play​ ​of​Read More →

The NHL is 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 Buffalo Sabres. Today we take our first trip into Western Canada and look at the Calgary Flames. 2016/17 record: 45-33-4 Key additions: Travis Hamonic, Mike Smith, Spencer Foo. Key losses: Brian Elliott, Chad Johnson, Dennis Wideman. 2017 prediction: Wildcard team Embed from Getty Images The Calgary Flames are looking to put themselves back inRead 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 Anaheim Ducks; today it’s the turn of the Arizona Coyotes Embed from Getty Images 2016/17 record: 30-43-9 Key additions: Niklas Hjalmarsson, Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta. Key losses: Shane Doan, Connor Murphy. 2017/18 prediction: No playoff hockey this season. The last few seasons have not been kind to the Coyotes, unrelenting off-ice stories have distracted fromRead More →