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First Round Goaltending Match Ups

As most everyone knows from my goaltending blogs, i am a goaltender at heart. So I figured I would do a goaltending playoff preview, because the truth is a goaltender can steal the cup if he is good enough or at least bring a team close to it. Roy did with Montreal, Giguere did it twice for Anaheim, Ward did it for Carolina, and Roloson almost did it with Edmonton. Goaltending is probably the most important aspect for any team to succeed in the playoffs and this year isn't any different. When going down the matchups for this years first round, Goaltending battles will be key. I am going to preview each matchup and talk about what each goaltender will need to do to carry their team ...

TCL Staff Predictions: Round 1 - Eastern Conference

Earlier today, we looked at the TCL Staff's predictions for the four series in the Western Conference. The opinions were varied, and opinions lively. Now, we look at the four series in the Eastern conference. Once again, there were many different opinions, including one series that had no consensus (can you guess which series that is?). Check out our predictions and thoughts, and leave your thoughts in the comments below! ------------------------------------- WESTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS ------------------------------------- (1) WASHINGTON CAPITALS vs. ( 8 ) NEW YORK RANGES The eight place New York Rangers squeezed into the playoffs in the final days of the season...

TCL Staff Predictions: Round 1 - Western Conference

This week, the staff at TCL got together to present to you their accumulated predictions for round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After a highly scientific process, which, for some reason, included Kyle Busch’s dog, we’ve come up with a consensus pick for each of the eight first round series in the NHL! Right now, we present to you our predictions for the Western Conference. Stay tuned for our East predictions, which will be up shortly, and post your thoughts in the comments below! ------------------------------------- EASTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS ------------------------------------- (1) VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs. ( 8 ) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS This is the third yea...

NHL Stanley Cup 1st Round Preview

Well start growing your hockey beards it’s that time of year. Let’s take a look at the match-ups and try and break it down. In the East, Washington and Pittsburgh are the same seeds they were last year and Philadelphia and Boston flipped their seeds but are still in the same seeding match-up. Also of note is that 5 of the 8 season series between the teams are tied. If you are curious last year I predicted: “As for Stanley Cup Final prediction I say Washington/Pittsburgh winner against Chicago. I’m not sure who I would pick and I know it’s a cop out not to pick a winner and not to pick between Pittsburgh and Washington but it really depends on how the goaltending for Washingto...

Playoff Preview and Predictions

By Scott Lowe Eastern Conference 1 Capitals vs. 8 Rangers An angry Capitals team, embarrassed by last season’s early playoff exit and two blowout losses to the Rangers this year, will be too much for New York to handle. Lundqvist may steal a game – or even two – but no more. Washington’s new defense-first style combined with its offensive depth will frustrate the Rangers, who probably hope to get under the Caps’ skin and sit back until opportunities present themselves. The Caps will take lessons learned in last year’s loss against a Montreal team that played a similar style to what the Rangers figure to present and use them to roll to victory in five games. 2 Flyers vs....

First-Round Playoff Preview

It's time for the playoffs! Here's a list of playoff histories involving the teams who are in. EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS ( 1 ) Washington Capitals vs. ( 8 ) New York Rangers This is the sixth playoff series to feature Washington and the Rangers. 1986, Patrick Division Finals: NY Rangers win series 4-2 1990, Patrick Division Finals: Washington wins series 4-1 1991, Patrick Division Semifinals: Washington wins series 4-2 1994, Eastern Conference Semifinals: NY Rangers win series 4-1 2009, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Washington wins series 4-3 Washington has won 3 of the 5 series over the Rangers. ( 2 ) Philadelphia Flyers vs. ( 7 ) Buffalo Sabres This is the ninth...

Who won't win the Stanley Cup?

This is the first time I've written a Between the Pipes like column in sometime. I hope to remain writing for the playoffs and the season recap. This short post will be about my favorite stat, goal differential. In the last 20+ years, we have never had a Stanley Cup winner with less than a +25 goal differential in the regular season. The Penguins win over the Red Wings in 2009 was the lowest of the 20 years with a +25. How about the loser? Well for the losers there have been various goal differentials. For the most part they’ve all had a positive goal differential too. There are three exceptions. Carolina in 01-02 lost to Detroit and had a 217/217 GF/GA. In 92-93 Los Angeles lost to Mon...

Goaltender Interference: What is it?

As a Detroit Red Wings fan I have seen this all too often. A battle in front of the net, the goalie falls down and a goal is disallowed. Two examples recently come from the Red Wings. In Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Nashville, Tomas Holmstrom was standing in front like he usually does and screened Pekka Rinne as Nick Lidstrom blasted in one of his patented slappers. The referee immediately waived the goal off and gave Holmstrom a goaltender interference penalty for bumping Rinne. If you saw the game and the replay, you have to wonder, Red Wings fan or not, why this goal was waived off. Holstrom was outside the crease, stick on the ice and was just standing in front of the goalie....

Thirty Teams, Thirty Thoughts: Part 2 - The West

Last week, I took at each of the teams in the East, and shared my thoughts on each team as they head into the final games of their season. From bold predictions on teams that would miss the playoffs (next year) and the team that would win the cup, or make a Cinderella run to the Eastern finals, that post had it all. Well, except for my thoughts on the West. Western conference fans often complain that we Easterners don't pay enough attention to their teams. And to a degree, it's true. But it's not our fault, you're the weird ones with a zany three hour time difference. 10PM start times? Some of us have to work the next morning! But seriously, the West is great and we should all watch mo...

Blinded by the Light: What Fans Fail to See About Concussions

 photo courtesy of AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson
On Thursday night, Washington Capital defenseman Mike Green tweeted the following: A week and a half earlier, Montreal Canadien forward Max Pacioretty tweeted this: Both of these players are currently dealing with concussions; Green was injured on Feb. 25 and Pacioretty was injured on March 8.  So what’s the issue here? The issue is that Green’s movie date went unnoticed, while fans were up in arms about Pacioretty taking in a flick.  (As well as heading to the Bell Centre to support his teammates.)  People took to the Internet to question his injury and eventually...