April 19 2016 07:00AM
Spring is here. The playoffs are in full effect, and for those of us that cheer for Canadian teams that means we have A LOT of free time at the moment. Rather than spend our time dwelling on the failures of our respective teams we figured we'd use this opportunity to remember days gone by. A time when men grew killer moustaches, smoked in-between periods and tried to murder each other with their fists.
April 15 2016 03:18PM
There's still one series left to get underway! The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators will get things started tonight after watching playoff hockey from the comfort of their own living rooms the last couple days. Anaheim has been one of the hottest teams in the league since shaking off after that dreadful start to the season, while the Predators are looking to get themselves out of the first round for just the third time in franchise history after another solid season.
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April 15 2016 05:00AM
The Leafs had a big week, Canucks look back at their lost season, the Flames need a new coach, McDavids effect on his linemates, Jets sign top prospect, Datsyuk staying or leaving, the 7 types of people you encounter at your playoff draft, a look back at the 15-16 season, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 14 2016 02:00PM
The idea of exercising demons is a narrative as traditionally ascribed to the playoffs as any. When you're as successful as the Los Angeles Kings, though, you find you're more often the demon than exorcist. The San Jose Sharks, a consistently dominant regular season club, have yet to take up that mantle.
It's not all that difficult to envision a scenario where the roles are altogether switched. Just two short seasons ago the Sharks held a 3-0 series lead over the Kings in Conference Quarterfinals action. Jonathan Quick bounced back from a moribund three-game stumble and the rest, as they say, was history. San Jose lost that series, and for all intents and purposes, the window to contend too seemed lost. Los Angeles earned a shiny new trophy.
All this is to say that the margin between a Stanley Cup and infamy can be pin-hole small. One game, in fact. There's four such occasions in this series already scheduled and likely another two or three on the horizon. Let's break it down and see which club has the better of the other in this rematch from seasons past.
April 14 2016 01:00PM
It's the battle of the North Stars!
In one corner, we have the Dallas Stars. Often accused of being weak on the backend, this season, they decided not to care and went on to become the best of the West in the regular season, their 50 wins behind only the Washington Capitals. They scored more goals than everybody else with 267, and they also picked up Kris Russell at the deadline, ensuring Calgary would be cheering for them (for the first two rounds, at least).
In the other corner, we have the Minnesota Wild. Making the playoffs with just a paltry 87 points, they beat out the Colorado Avalanche for that final wild card spot in the West, securing it by five whole points. They're well behind the rest of the playoff teams, though - even the Detroit Red Wings have 93 - so their lacklustre regular season may see them in tough in this first round matchup.