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Habs This Week: Positivity Reigns Despite...Y'Know

Despite being dead last in the Eastern Conference and going 3-6-1 in their last 10,  the Montreal Canadiens just completed a roadtrip that saw them earn 5 out of a possible 8 points. One could even say they've opened up and started to (dare I say it?) have fun with one month left to go in the regular season, now that less pressure is weighed on their shoulders.

Near-Comeback: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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The Calgary Flames outscored the Canadiens 4-2 through the first two periods, and Curtis Glencross added an unassisted marker to start the third, but the momentum switched over quickly as Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty each...

Tussle At the Top

The Red Wings will attempt to rise above .500 on the road and be the first to win a road game in their season series with Vancouver tonight. The teams have split the season series with both teams winning at home, Detroit 2-0 and Vancouver 4-2. Both teams are playing well, Detroit has won eight of nine and Vancouver was 7-2-2 in January. The Red Wings hold a 3 point lead over the Canucks for the top seed in the West. 

A win can put Detroit five points ahead of #2 Vancouver in the West and #4 Nashville for the Central lead. The Red Wings have also won three of their last five games at Rogers Arena. 

Todd Bertuzzi is the only Red Wing with multiple points against Vancou...

Dave Bolland: Selke Candidate to Watch


Looking at this new season, there are many people poised to breakout in some way. The breakout scorers and breakout goaltenders and breakout defensemen will have plenty of articles written about them. However, there is one role that frequently goes unsung, defensive forwards. Called by many names: grinders, PK-guys, third liners, depth forwards, these players are the unsung heroes of any team. One of them is poised to break out and possibly challenge for the Selke award as the best defensive forward this season. This player is Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland, Blackhawks Captain Jon Toews was a shocking Selke nominee last season. The word s...

Shift Work: What we learned from the first glimpse of the Penguins

Well, then… that was quick.

Penguins fans walked away in May after a stunning series loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning wondering what had happened to their team. One power play goal. No Sidney Crosby. No Evgeni Malkin. And no single explanation for how they let a 3-1 lead slip away.

The 2010-11 season was defined by everything the Penguins overcame – notably significant, long-term injuries to their three top centers, the Sid-Geno-Jordan (Crosby-Malkin-Staal) triumvirate that was the backbone of the team’s championship hopes – and in the end it was Pittsburgh that yielded when they should’ve stood strong. The firs...

The best laid plans...

It's no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have squandered their best chance to win a Stanley Cup. Last year, to put it lightly, was the year. Detroit was wounded, San Jose was thin on the back end, Chicago had been gutted and tired from a short offseason full of partying, Boston was without two of their best offensive players in Marc Savard and Nathan Horton, Pittsburgh was without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the list goes on.

This year, San Jose is still relatively thin on the back end, but they do have a bonafide shut down pairing of Brent Burns and Dan Boyle, if Todd McClellan decides to play the two together. Chicago had a short off season and added some key parts to ma...