2012 Playoffs

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TCL Predicts The Stanley Cup Final

 

2012 Stanley Cup FinalNew Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings  Every year, we predict, we project, we try to come up with logical conclusions to what's going to happen in the latest NHL season. Everyone has their opinions, everyone comes up with their own regular season and playoff winners, their own Final, their own Stanley Cup Champions. Usually, those predictions end up being wrong. Sure, you might get lucky with a high seed, but if the playoffs prove anything year-in and year-out, it's that the National Hockey League is absolutely unpredictable. This season has ramped that up to a degree we've never seen before. To give you a brief summary, the fir...

King, Quick lead Kings past Coyotes, 2-1

The Los Angeles Kings’ assault on the Western Conference is almost over. A 2-1 victory over the third seeded Phoenix Coyotes at the Staples Center Thursday night puts the Kings on the cusp of the Cup. L.A. has won 8 straight and is 11-1 against the Western elite this postseason. 

 Dwight King’s goal 1:47 into the final period broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the difference maker. King (1st star) received a pass from Trevor Lewis and lifted a wrist shot over the glove of Mike Smith. The game winning goal resulted from an unrelenting forecheck led by Jarrett Stoll. The Kings’ third line of Stoll - King - and Trevor Lewis has been incredibly productive (4 goals...

Eastern Conference Final Predictions: New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference FinalNew York Rangers ( 1 ) vs. New Jersey Devils ( 6 )  It's always fun when rivals meet in the playoffs. Penguins vs. Flyers. Habs vs. Bruins. Canucks vs. Blackhawks. Bad blood makes for good hockey, and more importantly, good television. Even better when it's late in the playoffs, like this year's Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. The best word to describe the feelings between these two teams is probably "bad blood", but then again that word pretty much sums up any match-up in the Atlantic Division. There's a lot at play here. Location. Histo...

Western Conference Final Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings

 



2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference FinalPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )   The Los Angeles Kings are eliminating teams in numerical order in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. First, it was the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. Then the little team that could in the St. Louis Blues, the second-best team in the West. Now, LA looks to the final division winner, the Phoenix Coyotes, on their potential route to an unlikely appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. If they make it, it'll be their first such appearance since 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and they've alread...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference SemifinalsPhiladelphia Flyers ( 5 ) vs. New Jersey Devils ( 6 )  You have to wonder what facing the New Jersey Devils means to the Philadelphia Flyers. They've just come from beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in one of the most emotional series in recent memory, set up by even more emotional regular season games to close out the season last month. If they win this one, they can likely look forward to facing the New York Rangers, another big time Atlantic rival whom they faced in this past year's Winter Classic, to much fanfare. Forgetting how impressive it would be for a team to make the Stanley Cup final going ...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsSt. Louis Blues ( 2 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )  Also Read: Ty Fisher's Series preview for the Kings. Once again, we're looking at a series that most definitely has to be about the battle between the pipes, as St. Louis and Los Angeles face off as unlikely second round opponents. Jonathan Quick absolutely lit up the west this season and may have been the only reason the Kings even made the playoffs. On the other side of the ice, the Blues have two (count 'em!) goaltenders that could have and maybe should have been up for the Vezina trophy in Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. We may be soun...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference SemifinalsNew York Rangers ( 1 ) vs. Washington Capitals ( 7 )  It's not surprising that the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals got to the second round, it's how the got here. The Rangers were taken to the bring of elimination against an eighth seeded Ottawa Senators team who, let's face it, probably had no business being in the playoffs in the first place. The Capitals were not favorites in their series against the Boston Bruins, and had their own troubles on their way to a 7th place finish in the regular season, but with the talent they had, and a ridiculous hot rookie goaltender in Braden Holtby they d...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Nashville Predators ( 4 )  If the first round opponents of these two teams would be facing each other instead of the Preds and Coyotes, we'd be talking about two of the biggest rivals in NHL history, and two recent Stanley Cup winners. But we're not talking about them. We're talking about two underdog teams that got to the second round by beating perennial favorites, with great goaltending, great coaching, and a lot of hard work. It's surprising that the Phoenix Coyotes are even still in the league, yet alone in the second round of these playoffs, after taking out the Chi...

The Shanahammer Should Be Dropped On The NHL Media

The playful metaphor that was used by The Checking Line at the beginning of the season is the only thing playful about the NHL Discipline Office these days.  It has become once again the mainstay of controversy in the NHL playoffs.  Fining coaches unnecessary amounts for comments made, yet allowing player safety issues to be countered by useless fines.  The NHL has lost its hold on itself and there is only one thing to truly blame, its own media.

The most perfect example of this, recent comments made by New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella.  Why is this, the perfect example? Well that can be answered by just checking the NHL web site.  Coach Torts&rsq...

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

 

 

( 2 ) ST. LOUIS BLUES vs. ( 7 ) SAN JOSE SHARKS

It's still uncertain whether the San Jose Sharks have shed their reputation of being chokers. They made the conference finals the last two seasons, but lost pretty badly both times. Considering every year lately seems to be "their year", even the conference finals seems like it's not enough. But this year is different. They haven't exactly been dominating the west as they usually do, in fact they barely squeaked into the playoffs. But the pressure is still there even if it might not seem like it, and people's jobs will more than likely be on the line if they "choke" yet again.&...