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TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes Vs. Chicago Blackhawks


The Phoenix Coyotes are still very much here, and they want to win. Fresh off their first division title ever, they must now battle a team not named the Detroit Red Wings in a playoff series for the first time in the post-lockout era. The Chicago Blackhawks, their opponent, finished strong with 101 points despite struggling for numerous stretches during the regular season, mainly because of inconsistent and sometimes inadequate goaltending. It didn't help that Jonathan Toews, their captain and arguably best player, missed more than twenty games with a concussion. He's back now, and is looking for glory.  This is a tou...

$15 off TCL Hoodie at Grinder Threads!

The weather might be getting warmer outside, but spring time can still be sweater time! Looking for something to keep you warm while mother nature plays tricks with you, and while we wait for playoff hockey to start? Well, you can do it in style, and all while supporting your favorite hockey website!

For a limited time, head over to Grinder Threads for $15 off our patented TCL-inspired hoodies! You won't find anything softer or more comfortable than this one of a kind shirt, 80% cotton, 20% polyester for that perfect fit. Just use the code "TCL" for the discount.

While you're at it, make sure to check out our offi...

Daily Joust Presents: TCL Trade Deadline Madness, This Monday!

Who will your team pick up? Will they be buyer or sellers? Will be we sitting here for hours wondering when all the trades are going to happen again? The NHL trade deadline is usually a source for a lot of joy for hockey fans, but also a source for a lot of frustration. Consider us both the life of the party, as well as your support group, and make sure to join us this Monday, starting at 9AM, as The Checking Line, in conjunction with our friends over at Daily Joust present Trade Deadline Madness!

Will the Montreal Canadiens finally become sellers? Will the Toronto Maple Leafs pick up a goalie? Will Rick Nash pull a Lebron? We'll be right with...

TCL & DailyJoust Present: Another Free $100 NHL Fantasy Contest!

We're having yet another fantasy contest! 


Fantasy Hockey fanatics all over the country are now participating in DAILY Fantasy Hockey leagues for cash prizes on



New TCL Hoodie and Sale at Grinder Threads!

Last fall, The Checking Line, in conjunction with our friends over at Grinder Threads, intruduced our first official t-shirt, available for sale through their store. The reception for the shirt was absolutely fantastic. In fact, the black version sold out within days. Fret not, Grinder has since restocked their shelves, but as an added bonus, they have gone to the trouble of actually adding a new product to their store, based on that very same TCL design.

Starting today, and available exclusively through the Grinder Threads store, you will be able to purchase your very own TCL hoodie to help you get through these cold tough months of winter!

World Juniors Recap Day 10

Apologies for being extremely late on this. I simply forgot about it. So, better late than never.


Bronze Medal Game: Canada vs. Finland

After losing 6-5 to Russia two nights earlier, it was Bronze or Bust for Canada.

After exchanging minor penalties within the first several minutes of the opening period, Tanner Pearson would get Canada on the board with a powerplay goal to make it 1-0 at 9:08. Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele would make it 2-0 5:35 into the second. A penalty shot was awarded to Finland 7:49 into the period as Mark Visentin was cited for throwing an stick/any object. Teemu Pulkkinen would miss on the penalty shot, keeping t...

Ten Commandments of Arena Music

This article has been a few years in the making. At all NHL games, music is a part of the atmosphere that makes watching a game fun. The NHL has the best, and being biased, Detroit's T. Campbell (known just as 'T') is number one in the league. 

When you get into the game, sometimes the music is just background noise, but with most DJ's, they have a song for every situation. Some fun examples of situational songs and sound bites from Red Wings games includes "Hit the Road Jack" for an away penalty, "I Can't Drive 55" when Niklas Kronwall scores, and the sound bite "Miller Time" when Drew Miller scores.

I myself am a guy who...

World Juniors Recap Day 9

Relegation Game 3: Latvia vs. Denmark

This one is a quick recap. Oliver Bjorkstrnd scores just 3:21 into the game to give the Danes a 1-0 lead. Patrick Madsen goes off for interference 11:26 into the second. That leads to a Kristians Pless powerplay goal 8 seconds later to tie the game for Latvia. Nothing to report in the third other than a Latvia timeout. Overtime was needed. Just 1:43 into the extra period, Nikita Jevpalovs scores to give Latvia the 2-1 OT win over Denmark to stay in the top tier of the World Junior championships. Denmark is relegated to Division I (One) Group A. Germany is promoted to the top tier.

Relegation Game 4: Switzerland vs. United States

All ...

World Juniors Recap Day 8

Relegation Game 2: United States vs. Latvia

A dominant performance by the Americans today. Austin Watson opens the floodgates 5:40 in, then at 11:53 he strikes again. At 16:17, he scores a natural hat trick. Jason Zucker scores a shorthanded goal late in the period to make it 4-0 USA. JT Miller makes it 5-0 just 46 seconds into the second, and Nick Bjugstad makes it 6-0 10 seconds later. That was it for Kristers Gudlevskis, and Rihards Cimermanis goes in. The change in goalies does not stop the bleeding, although at 2:03, Zemgus Girgensons makes it 6-1, giving Latvia just a little hope, but the American scoring machine ramps back up again. Bill Arnold scores at 5:38 to make it 7-1. ...

World Juniors Recap Day 7

After a day off, it was back to work at the World Juniors, with all of the action shifting to Calgary.

Relegation Game 1: Switzerland vs. Denmark

The first of the relegation games had Switzerland taking on Denmark. Just 70 seconds into the contest, Oliver Bjorkstrand makes it 1-0 for the Danes. 35 seconds later, Cedric Schneuwly ties the game for the Swiss. Less than two minutes later, Alessio Bertaggia makes it 2-1 Switzerland. Nicklas Jensen ties it up 2-2 for the Danes late in the opening period. Just over two minutes into the second period, Emil Kristensen commits hooking on a breakway, leading to a penalty shot and the Swiss with a chance to take the lead. Gregory Hofmann...