NHL Playoffs: 2015 Wild Card Race

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As the 2014-15 season winds down many teams have all but clinched their playoff berth, but like most years the last few playoff spots are far from determined, with several close teams on the outside looking in. How good of a chance does your team have of making the playoffs?

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A Closer Look At: Media Responsibility

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Yesterday, before the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Florida Panthers, Phil Kessel unleashed a rant unto the masses.  At around 11:30 am he apparently called over the media and said,  “I’m disappointed today, I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing. A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves. I’m embarrassed for them. I don’t think anyone deserves to be treated like that.”  There was much more to it than that, but these couple of sentences really do sum up what was on Kessel’s mind.  Many of the sports talk show’s were all over this topic today.  At the heart of the argument was the notion that the media is really starting to go too far in its analysis of players.  I admit that as a fan, I started to question just what it is that I am looking for from the media in terms of hockey analysis.

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Around the Arena: The NHL Playoffs Need to Go on a Diet

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To be frankly honest, I’m sick of hearing how close the NHL playoff race is for the final seeds year in and year out. Why you might ask? We’ll because I don’t understand why competing for 8th place, effectively in the bottom half of each conference, is anything to be proud of. Sure we recently witnessed the first time an 8th place seed won the Stanley Cup, so obviously the 8th place seeds in each conference aren’t horrible but that doesn’t change the fact that they are barely if at all in the top half of the teams in the league during the regular season. By allowing so many teams into the playoffs year after year, the NHL has effectively said the regular season is pointless.

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The State of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Rivalries

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Often the avid hockey fan will hear the statement that “rivalries are created in the playoffs”. The playoffs are a completely different animal: the games are faster, the players dig deeper, and emotions fly. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs once in the past ten years, so who is there for the Leafs to hate?

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: The Trade Deadline

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In most fantasy hockey leagues the trade deadline is right around the corner. It’s the time of year to put the final pieces in place to make a successful playoff run or to get valuable draft picks for next year’s fantasy draft if you play in dynasty fantasy hockey leagues that allow for draft pick trades. So no matter which position you find yourself in, buyer or seller, here are some things to keep in mind as the fantasy hockey trade deadline approaches.

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Are the Washington Capitals This Decades Red Wings?

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I was recently watching the Washington Capitals, and the experience was considerably different than it has been the last couple of years.  While the Capitals are a similar team in the sense of personnel, they have clearly experienced a shift in organizational philosophy.  They are a team that has become much more defensively responsible.  I’m sure this has a lot to do with the additions of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, as well as the coaching of Barry Trotz.  Nonetheless, I thought I would look a little deeper into Washington’s recent performance, in comparison to seasons’ past.

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Pond Hockey: The Purest Form of Hockey

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DISCLAIMER: Please use this guide to determine if ice is suitable enough to be used.

There is nothing like playing a game of pond hockey on a snowy day in North America.

Of the “Big 4” sports in North America, hockey is definitely the most expensive. Football and baseball just need a natural growing field that needs to be cut every now and then, a few pieces of equipment covering certain areas of the body, and a ball you are a good to go. Basketball just needs a net, ball, and pavement to get a game started. Hockey on the other hand, needs players to be covered in equipment from head to toe, a temperature controlled arena, and an expensive Zamboni using up to 380 litres of water after each game that is played.

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Around the Arena: NHL Outdoor Games

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Today marks exactly a week until the final outdoor game of the 2014-2015 NHL season. The final NHL outdoor game of this season will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This game is part of a new series of NHL outdoor games that was started a year ago called the NHL Stadium Series. So what makes the Stadium Series different than its other siblings in the NHL, the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic? Nothing and that is the problem with it.

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Goalies: Does being an Angry Goalie help?

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We’ve all been there, we’ve had that frustration. You’re getting scored on repeatedly and nobody is doing anything. The ref blows a huge call. It’s been building and building all game, and by the 4th or 5th goal, you can’t take it anymore! You have a goalie outburst! Sometimes it just cant be helped, some of us goalies are not so zen between the pipes. I know myself personally I have had a very bad tendency for frustration in the net. I come out on the ice as a goalie to have a good fun game, where everyone takes part, and sometimes when things get out of hand, I don’t like it so much. Us as the goalies however don’t come out to be embarrassed, or made fun of, and when the score starts getting pretty high, that’s what it can feel like.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 18

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Sunday February 1st 2015 – Saturday February 7th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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