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SCF Game 6: We're all fans of the Stanley Cup

A dozen years ago, you could've heard a pin drop in the United Center this late in the Blackhawks' season. Heck, you could've heard a pin drop in many of the regular season games for the Blackhawks in those days, because the United Center was often more empty than full in the bleak years between the "Jeremy Roenick days" and the modern Blackhawks era.

While the attendance statistics from the past fifteen years show that the Blackhawks have averaged over 15,000/game attendance every year (except 2006-07, when it was 14,706), it often didn't feel like there were that many fans in the stands in those days. Some games, the attendance figures were in the mi...

Blackhawks vs Lightning: an exciting Stanley Cup Final ahead

There's a well-known Stanley Cup ad from a few years ago titled "No Words". In it, grizzled, dazed hockey players fumble for words, shake their heads, and fight off tears as they struggle to express what winning hockey's Holy Grail means to them.

And only the players will ever truly know what it feels like to win the Stanley Cup. The iconic trophy is often referred to as "the most difficult trophy to win in sports", and "No Words" illustrate why. The NHL playoffs are a battle of attrition - sixteen teams whittled down over two months to the final two, who meet up in a winner-take-all, no-holds-barred, best-of-seven. You can see how much the...

Bringing The Thunder On The Lightning

It's becoming more evident that the games the Islanders play against elite teams are ones they should usually win, which was the exact opposite case last year.

11/18/14 Pregame: Isles Look to Zap Lightning

The Islanders play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night as they look to exact revenge on the Lightning for Saturday night’s 5-2 defeat in the Sunshine State. The loss snapped the Isles’ five game win streak but they will look to start up another one at the Nassau Coliseum against a loaded Lightning team.

11/15/14 Pregame: Isles look to strike first in Tampa Bay

This game is the first of a home and home series between the two talented Eastern Conference teams. They will skate again in Uniondale on Tuesday 11/18/14. Tampa Bay and New York’s statistical lines throughout the 2014-15 look extremely similar.

Hawks halt Lightning's streak at six

The Tampa-Bay Lightning came into the United Center with a six-game winning streak.  However, the Ligntning, who currently sit second in the Eastern conference, couldn’t best the Blackhawks in the shootout despite Ben Bishop’s stellar 37-save performance.  Patrick Kane would score Chicago’s lone goal in the shootout and give the Hawks their second straight win in as many games.

 

This game was seen by many as a measuring stick for Chicago&rs...

Blackhawks welcome Lightning for Veterans' Day game

On Tuesday night, Chicago (8-6-1) will host the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning (11-3-1) for Veterans' Day. The Blackhawks will wear camouflage jerseys during warmups, which will be auctioned after the game.

The game will also mark Jonathan Toews' 500th NHL game since his debut on October 10, 2007. Toews is off to a better offensive start than previous seasons and hopes to continue that streak. Toews is currently leading his team with points with 13 (6G/7A).

Both teams enjoy a speedier, more open-ice style, which usually makes for a fast-paced, entertaining game between them. Then there's the high-scoring wingers: Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos has col...

Flyers fall short to Lightning; Sign D Colaiacovo

The bad luck continues in Tampa for the the Flyers.

Philadelphia came up just short in its quest to snap a long losing streak at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning held off the Flyers in the third to win 4-3, extending their seven-game home winning streak against the Flyers.

Steven Stamkos was as dangerous as he's ever been, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Valtteri Filppula picked up three assists for the Lightning.

Flyers riding win streak into Tampa

The Flyers are winner of three straight and four of the last five. None of this matters, though, with their recent struggles in Tampa.

The Flyers begin a short Florida road trip tonight as they take on one of the east's top offenses in the Lightning. That task won't be any easier as they look to end a six-game (0-5-1) skid in Tampa.

Advanced Stats: An Introduction

The theme this summer in the NHL world was advanced stats, as ‘basement bloggers’ rose up and started to take their place in the big leagues.  Advocates for analytics including Darryl Metcalf (founder of ExtraSkater.com) Kyle Dubas, and Tyler Dellow, among others, have been snapped up by NHL teams as newly formed or expanded analytic departments become more valuable to teams.  As the ‘summer of analytics’ continues, it's leaving in its wake some confused and dubious fans asking themselves if corsi or fenwick, whatever they are, are actually that important.  They are, but it can ...