The Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are set to square off in the first Original Six finals match-up since 1979. The Blackhawks, who were heavily favorited to go all the way after starting the season with points in their first 24 straight games, had a difficult time in the semi-finals against the Red Wings but were able to recover and skate their way into the finals for the second time in four years and face a tough, streaking team in the Boston Bruins. (Photo Credit: onesecondleft.com)
The Flyers front office is loaded with former players who have enjoyed their tenure in Philadelphia so much they came back to work in the front office.
Former goalie Antero Niittymaki is the latest former Flyer to join the front office, serving as a scout in the European market for the Flyers. He joins former players like Derian Hatcher and Ian Laperriere who are now employed by the Flyers as personnel.
Niittymaki said he knew exactly where he wanted to go in the next phase of his professional hockey career. And after he played his final games for TPS Turku of the Finnish league, he made the call to Paul Holmgren for a job.
(Photo: Antero Niittymaki in 2008. Photo byAl Bello/Getty Images North America)
Ever since the Winter Classic was introduced in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins beating the Buffalo Sabres in a blizzard, fans in the Tri State area have fantasized about a match-up between the Flyers and Penguins in the most perfect setting.
That fantasy setting is Happy Valley and it may become a reality in the near future.
Penn State officials confirmed with WJACTV that the school is seriously considering an outdoor game to host an NHL team, or at least their own Nittany Lions in Big Ten action.
Ever since Penn State's hockey team became a Division 1 sports, hockey has exploded in Happy Valley. They played Neumann College on January 4, 2012, losing 6-3.
It has become the most recent catalyst in getting a Flyers/Penguins game at Beaver Stadium.
As we have found in our first breakdown, both teams have a surprisingly strong offense that excels in relatively every medium. It is from this that we did determine Pittsburgh to have an advantage given their sheer numbers.
In this breakdown we will examine the remaining factors of game play which will consist of Defense and Intangible Play (a category consisting of statistical and non statistical information) to determine who carries the advantage and which team will be predicted as the winner in this best of seven.
Defense – Anyone who is remotely interested in hockey understand that the Big Bad Bruins and defense go together like peanut butter and jelly. Over the past...
The Conference Finals this year will feature no parody.
Two number ones, a number two and a number four have lasted the first two grueling rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and will now face the best of the best in their conference. In fact, all four teams remaining have each won the Cup the last four years.
The Kings are the reigning champs, the Penguins and Blackhawks are the conference favorites and the Bruins are the most physical team in the pack.
Who will move on and who will go home? Conference play starts tomorrow at 5 PM.
The Eastern Conference Finals have officially been set.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be hosting the Boston Bruins for the Prince of Whales Trophy. It is the first time since the ECF’s in 1992 that these two will meet in the playoffs.
It is a battle of eastern powerhouses that was predicted to occur when the season was just a few weeks old. The storylines have been exponentially building from then and in a perfect fashion, the media’s most wanted match up has happened.
Despite the big cities of Boston and New York playing in the Conference Semi-Finals, the media was struggling to grab hold of a tantalizing story. In the Boston and Pittsburgh matchup, the...
Many years ago, Charles Wang set forth an initiative to have the New York Islanders play at Yankee Stadium against the New York Rangers. At the time, the Islanders were not in the middle of a rebuild, but were not one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference either.
Therefore, like many other things that have happened on the island in recent years, the idea was eventually shot down.
Although he may not have gotten his beloved Lighthouse Project or new arena in Nassau County, one of Wang's visions will finally come true.
The New York Islanders will play against the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on January 29th, 2014.
With Pittsburgh beating Ottawa 4 - 1 and Los Angeles beating San Jose 2 - 0 last night, The Checking Line: Isles Edition will take a look into the other two semifinal series. (Photo Credit: Torch Creative)