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New Poll: Which Western team has the best chance of making the playoffs?

This past Sunday we asked the question: Which Eastern conference team currently sitting out of the playoff picture has the best chance of making it in come April? Tonight, we travel across the Mississippi and look at the chances of some Western teams that are currently on the outside looking in. Click here to vote! Ok, I just really wanted to say "travel across the Mississippi". Nevertheless, the Western Conference playoff scene is just as interesting as the one in the East. But before we get to them, let's take a look at the results from the Eastern Conference. It's interesting to note that most of the non-playoff teams in the East have games in hand over their direct com...

New Poll: Which Eastern team has the best chance of making the playoffs?

Today's new poll features six Eastern conference teams that are currently on the outside looking in. Most if not all of them are still clinging on to playoff hopes a little more than halfway through the season, but which team will make it in? Tell us what you think here! Of course, not all of them can make the post season. And with at least 5 or 6 other teams all but locks to make the playoffs, that only leaves a spot or two for the six teams listed. Will it be:

9. The Philadelphia Flyers - 47 points in 44 games, 22-19-3. The Flyers went through a stretch of games that had most people thinking they were going to be a lottery team. A fired coach, locker room troubles, ina...

Team Canada Jersey Numbers

The 23 representatives for Canada at the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Winter Games have selected their jersey numbers. A few players will wear some unfamiliar numbers as the younger players gave way to the veterans. Goaltenders 1 - Luongo 29 - Fleury 30 - Brodeur Defense 2 - Keith 6 - Weber 7 - Seabrook 8 - Doughty 20 - Pronger 22 - Boyle 27 - Niedermayer Forwards 10 - Morrow 11 - Marleau 12 - Iginla 15 - Heatley 16 - Toews 18 - Richards 19 - Thornton 21 - Staal 24 - Perry 37 - Bergeron 51 - Getzlaf 61 - Nash 87 - Crosby

World Junior Championship Draws Mind-Boggling Record Audience

The heroics of Jordan Eberle and his gang of under-20s that led to one of the most exciting gold medal games in recent memory drew a record audience for TSN Tuesday night. The 5.3 million viewers that tuned in to watch Jordan Eberle score 2 goals to tie up the game 5-5 with only minutes left - only to lose the game on a John Carlsson goal in overtime - not only broke World Junior ratings records... not only TSN record all-time ratings... but it was the highest watched Canadian broadcast in almost 5 years. While this doesn't legitimate the Junior tournament in my eyes any further (more on that later), it certainly shows that Canadians care about their sport, and, in this case sp...

Burning the League 04/01/2010

TCL's version of the NHL's Hot & Cold was finally updated, with some interesting choices in both categories. The Burning the League category was an interesting one to choose from. With Michael Leighton (4-0-1, 1.74GAA, .940SVP in last 5 games), Jussi Jokinen (5 points in 4 games, on a line with Matt Cullen and Eric Staal), Alexander Steen (10 points in 7 games, including 5 goals) all on some pretty good streaks, there were some good names to choose from, especially when you consider all the regular Ovechkins, Gaboriks, etc, but when our choice for this week's "Hot" player is on his game, you can't deny him. Burning the league is Vancouver Canucks captain and top goaltender Roberto ...

Brian Burke Ruins Team USA

Brian Burke was charged with the task of building an American team that could contend with Canada and Russian for an Olympic Gold Medal. And despite having all the tools to do so at his disposal, he put together one of the saddest excuses for an Olympic team I've ever seen. I'm almost at a loss for words looking at team USA's roster. General Manager Brian Burke says that he had to pick specialty players to be able to compete with Canada and Russia. He says that he tried to build a tough and rugged team, but the roster he revealed after this afternoon's Winter Classic is almost mind-bogglingly bad. There are the obvious picks, some Burke picks you knew he was going to make, but...

New Poll: Who should have been on Team Canada?

With yesterday's announcement of Team Canada in 2010, some of us may have been left scratching our heads about some of the selections (or non-selections). Now it's your turn to tell us who you thought should have been on Team Canada that was left off the team. Click here to vote! Was it center Brad Richards, who, surprisingly, is 3rd amongast Canadian scorers in the league with 10 goals and 34 assists for Dallas? Was it winger Martin St. Louis, who may be small, but still has 44 points, the same as Richards? Both have Olympic and World Championship experience, not to mention Stanley Cup rings. Was it maybe St. Louis's teammates Steven Stamkos (21 goals, 37 points as a sophomore)...

Sweden Unveils Olympic Roster

Sweden unveiled their mostly Veteran-laced line-up today, for next February's Olympic tournament. Their seemingly stacked roster contains mostly NHL names, including former NHL superstar and very controversial center Peter Forsberg, who along with Mattias Ohlund, Daniel Alfredsson and captain Nicklas Lidstrom, will appear in his 4th Olympic tournament. Lidstrom was the obvious choice for captain, as the only European captain to ever win a Stanley Cup. And despite the leadership of such big names as Alfredsson, Zetterberg, Forsberg or the Sedins, he will be a good leader for his country. The Swedish roster is laced with 13 members of the 2006 Torino team that won gold. However...

Russia Unveils Olympic Roster

Since Christmas only comes in about a week and a half in Russia, General Manager Vladislav Tretiak and head coach Vyacheslav Bykov took it upon themselves to unveil their roster for the upcoming Vancouver Olympic men's hockey tournament. 15 NHLers figure amongst the 23 man roster. Russia has strength in each position and while we many not know a lot of their KHL players that aren't amongst the NHL ranks, they could certainly end up figuring into the starting line-up during the tournament. Some familiar non-NHL names include Viktor Kozlov and Sergei Federov. Both will be reunited with former Washington teammates Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin. There is a lot of potential Chemi...

My Team USA and Team Canada Rosters

OH CANADA FORWARDS: Dany Heatley – Joe Thornton – Patrick Marleau Rick Nash – Sidney Crosby – Jarome Iginla Brendan Morrow – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry Vincent Lecavalier – Mike Richards – Shane Doan Ex: Eric Staal, Jonathan Toews, Martin St. Louis DL – I think Team Canada’s offense is pretty self-explanatory. You can make some arguments for Steven Stamkos, but I think Morrow and Doan will make the team based on their experience and the leadership they bring. They need those types of players. DEFENSE: Chris Pronger – Scott Neidermayer Dan Boyle – Shea Weber Mike Green – Dion Phaneuf Ex: Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith. DL ...