Alexander Ovechkin: Confident or Stupid?

He has been called many things. Great. Confident. Bruising. Deadly. Even masterful. But stupid? That’s a new one. After some of his words on the series against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, I wondered if this adjective is fitting. There’s a fine line between stupid and confident, and it appears as though Ovechkin and his guarantee

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NHL Second Round Preview – Western Conference

After Nino Niederreiter’s empty-netter to sink the Blues, the first round of the Western Conference playoffs is in the books. So what did we learn? Well the Blues still have problems between the pipes, the Predators benefit from shootouts in the regular season, and I still have not gotten a #bucciovertimechallenge pick correct. Carry on… #1 Anaheim Ducks vs. #4 Calgary Flames

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NHL First Round Preview – Western Conference

Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Flowers are blooming and birds are chirping, and oh yeah, the Stanley Cup Playoffs (the best playoffs in sports), has begun. With the defending champs the Los Angeles Kings eliminated, it is a truly wide-open Western Conference. So who’s going to get hot at just the right time? Is it going

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NHL Eastern Conference Preview

Ah yes, playoff hockey is back. No sport can compare its playoff season to that of the NHL, so just accept it. The fight for playoff position in the Eastern Conference was intense and will be sure to carry over to the second season. #1 New York Rangers vs. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins Winner: Rangers in 4 This one is pretty

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NHL Trade Deadline: Biggest Winners, Losers, and More

With the NHL Trade Deadline come on and gone, team rosters are now set for a playoff run. Let’s take a look at a day that, while quiet for past deadline standards, saw over 30 players and 15 draft picks traded. Winners Arizona Coyotes In: D John Moore, F Anthony Duclair, D Klas Dalhbeck, F Maxim Letunov, 2015 first-round pick,

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Yes, the New York Islanders Are Actually Very Good

Yes, hockey world it is officially true – the New York Islanders are actually good. And they are just not good; they are Cup contenders. Now I know it is been quite a long time since the words “good” and “Islanders” have been used in the same sentence for the lowly “Big Apple Outsiders”, but this no joke. They have

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Breaking Down NHL Advanced Stats

NHL.com underwent a complete makeover to the statistics portion of the website last week, creating a much more visually appealing format for the fan to dissect. A change that went slightly less noticed, however, was the inclusion of the rather new possession stats to the official league site. Of the course of the last half-decade, independent organizations began tracking a new

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Losing with a Purpose

(Cover Photo from Claus Andersen/Getty Images) It is very rare that fans actually cheer for their respective team to lose, but for many in Buffalo, that is the cold reality every night. With the NHL Trade Deadline looming, it is no denying that the Sabres are in full tank-mode after they already shipped off forward Drew Stafford and defenseman Tyler

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Predicting Where the 10 Best Remaining NHL Trade Targets Go

We are now less than three weeks from the NHL trade deadline and with only nine teams more than five points out of the playoff picture, pickings are slim for contenders looking to add a player to improve their squad. The narrow list initially included Buffalo’s Tyler Myers and Toronto’s Cody Franson, but they were dealt this week to Winnipeg and

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Pacific Division Pile-Up

By Peter Fiorentino Wow. That first half went fast. Right up there with the Atlantic Division, the Pacific Division is the most competitive in hockey. If the NHL season ended today, there are four teams in the Pacific Division who would make the playoffs. The Ducks would take on Winnipeg, the Sharks would play the Kings, and the Canucks would

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