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Stanley Cup Favorites Nearing The Midpoint

The NHL season will be at the halfway point before we know it, and frankly it's been a season of met expectations. Most of the top teams entering the season have performed up to the standards analysts and fans predicted, with the result that there's a rock-solid crop of teams leading the way. But who looks best suited, at this point, to win the Stanley Cup? Here's a look at the top three contenders as defined by the oddsmakers, and why each presents a legitimate Cup challenge.
 

Chicago Blackhawks

Most have recognized all year that the Blackhawks are the rightful Cup favorites, though the NHL standings don't show them with any overwhelming performance to dat...

Roberto Luongo: Florida Panthers Goalie Has His Future Mapped Out

 

The short window in which a professional athlete can earn money to potentially safeguard his or her family’s future is a short one compared most normal professions. Yes, it could be argued that such a window is a more lucrative one than your average job but there are many uncertainties that athletes have to consider such as injury, that don’t occur in most professions. However, for the current Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo the prospect of retirement from professional hockey isn’t one that particularly fazes him.

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The Mako - Easton's Quest to Build the World's Fastest Skate

March 8, 2012 (Van Nuys, CA) – Easton has a history of reinventing sports equipment—from the world’s first aluminum shaft arrow to the first high-performance aluminum baseball bats and one-piece composite hockey stick. Never satisfied to merely improve existing products, Easton strives to invent new ones that deliver dramatic performance gains. Today Easton introduces the Mako Skate—a new hockey skate that gives players the ability to move naturally, generate explosive speed and gain unparalleled feel on the ice. In a sport where every second counts, the Mako skate provides more opportunities to make plays and put the puck in the net. <...

A Fond Farewell

 

Thanks to a friend, I started watching hockey in 2008. I followed the Philadelphia Flyers and cheered as they found their way to the Eastern Conference playoffs.

That year, I fell in love with the game. The next year, I watched the entire season. The next year, I watched again.

As a student at Virginia Tech, I watched most of the games online. I would sit at local sports bars on the weekend and watch with fellow fans although there weren’t many.

In Virginia, hockey never once crossed the grid as I grew up. I had no memories of Eric Lindros or Mario Lemieux. There were no ice rinks.

I can’t skate, I’ve never played hockey and I have no...

World Juniors Recap for January 3, 2013

Relegation Game #2: Slovakia vs. Latvia Karlis Ozolins would put Latvia on the board first at 1:26 of the opening period. Andrej Bires would tie it up for Slovakia at 14:03. Tomas Mikus would put Slovakia into a 2-1 lead at just 54 seconds into the second. Marko Dano would put them up 3-1 at 13:19 while on the powerplay. Nikita Jevpalovs would pull Latvia to within one goal at 5:14 of the third, and Edgars Kulda would tie it up at 3-3 at 10:22. Bires would break the tie to give Slovakia the 4-3 lead at 14:35, and Dano would put in an empty netter at 19:47. Slovakia was outshot 40-27 by Latvia. Semifinal Game #1: Canada vs. United States Jake McCabe would put the Americans up 1-0 at ...

World Juniors Recap for January 2, 2013

Relegation Game #1: Finland vs. Germany Stinging from not making the medal stage of competition after finishing in fourth place in their division, Finland unleashed their anger out on Germany. It started with an Artturi Lehkonen goal at 16:12 of the opening period to make the score 1-0. Markus Granlund would score at 7:39 of the second to make it 2-0. Aleksander Barkov would make it 3-0 at 14:48. Finland would then explode in the third period with goals by Miikka Salomaki at :21, Ville Pokka at 4:56, Barkov again at 16:27, Pokka again at 16:50, and Joel Armia at 18:57 to make the final score 8-0 in their favor. They even outshot Germany 56-15. Quarterfinal Game #1: Czech Republic vs. U...

World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 31, 2012

WORLD JUNIORS Game 17: Switzerland vs. Czech Republic Matej Beran would put the Czechs on the board first 3:46 into the game. Christian Marti would tie the game up for the Swiss at 14:20. Lukas Svihalek would give the Czechs a 2-1 lead at 3:58 of the second, while Tomas Hyka would make it 3-1 at 6:46. Christoph Bertschy would make it 3-2 Czechs at 11:45 of the third while on the powerplay, and with 2:01 to go in regulation, Dario Simion would tie the game up on another powerplay. Overtime was needed, and 99 seconds in, Tomas Hertl would score the winner for the Czechs. They defeat Switzerland 4-3. Final shots were 31-29 Czechs. Game 18: United States vs. Slovakia Cole Bardreau wo...

World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 30, 2012

NOTE FROM THE WRITER: The December 31 recap will be posted late tonight ET. WORLD JUNIORS Game 13: Finland vs. Switzerland Switzerland would strike first at 13:01 of the opening period, the goal by Lino Martschini. Sven Andrightetto would make it 2-0 Swiss at 14:02. Markus Granlund would put Finland on the board at 5:21 of the second. Teuvo Teravainen would tie the game up at deuces wild at 10:59 while on the powerplay. Alessio Bertaggia would give Switzerland the 3-2 lead at 1:08 of the third. Dario Simion would make the score 4-2 at 11:30 while on the powerplay. With time running down, Finland knew they were going to have to make a huge comeback if they wanted to keep their champi...

World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 29, 2012

WORLD JUNIORS Game 11: Latvia vs. Sweden The first period looked to end up being scoreless until Emil Molin got Sweden on the board first with 50 seconds to go. That goal was scored on the powerplay. Latvia’s Teodors Blugers would tie it up on a 5-on-3 at 3:50 of the second. Sebastian Collberg would break the tie on a powerplay goal for Sweden at 16:18. Viktor Arvidsson would score twice for his side, first at 9:21 of the third at even strength to make it 3-1, and again at 11:49 on the powerplay to make it 4-1. Alexander Wennberg would close out the scoring at 19:13 to make it 5-1. Sweden outshot Latvia 46-21. Game 12: Germany vs. Russia Nikita Kucherov would put Russia up 1-0 ...

World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 28, 2012

WORLD JUNIORS Game 7: Finland vs. Czech Republic Tomas Hyka would put the Czechs up on the board first at 14:17 of the opening period. Marek Hrbas would make it 2-0 at 16:34 while on the powerplay. Finland would get on the board at 2:29 of the second, the goal by Teuvo Teravainen. Dmitrij Jaskin would pot home an empty netter with 4 seconds left in the game to seal the deal and upset the Finns by a score of 3-1. The Czechs outshot the Finns 30-21. Game 8: Canada vs. Slovakia Entering play, Canada had never trailed Slovakia in a World Junior game, and was 7-0-1 heading in. Canada ended up trailing for the first time ever vs. their opponent as Slovakia’s Marko “Book’em” Dan...