NHL Goalies: Arizona Coyotes

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Hello everyone, back again for another week of Goalie Talk! We’re quite a bit into the regular season now in the NHL, and goaltending positions are starting to sort out now. Around this time teams should have figured out who their number one is (for the time being of course), as well as their number two. This year seems to be pretty steady and pretty predictable for goaltending, as most probable starters have their position locked up, with not many surprises. Last week I talked about the Anaheim Ducks and how their goaltending situation is, concluding that Frederik Andersen seems pretty secure for the starting position. As we reach the early-mid season of play, things should be getting very steady in terms of starting goalies, without accounting for any unfortunate injuries. The next team to be discussed is a team that has always had trouble with goaltending, but lately it hasn’t really been a question who has the number one spot.

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NHL Goalies: The Anaheim Ducks

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Where has the time gone? The start of the NHL season has already passed, and the competition is just starting to heat up amongst teams. That being said, with the season at an early stage, there is even more competition between players bidding for longer ice time and starting positions. Some of the largest competition will likely be between the starting and backup goalies. Many times the beginning of the season is a clean slate and any goalie can get the number one spot. At this point in time many teams are flip-flopping between their probable starter, backup, and bringing up call-ups from the minors. This is either for an early rest for the starter, or to see what the future holds for the team. With all this confusion going on between the pipes, I thought it would be a great time of the year to do a weekly “review” or spotlight for a team to shed some light on their goalie situations in the past, present, and future.

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Leafs Player Analysis: Is Tyler Bozak Batman?

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Tyler Bozak is the 28 year old 6’1″, 195 lb center who has received his fair share of criticism since becoming a Leaf in 2009. Number 42 for the Maple Leafs was never drafted, but was still a sought after free agent during the 2008-2009 off-season. Bozak played college hockey instead of junior, which is one reason he may not have been drafted as college players are more likely to be overlooked. Regardless, after signing his first ever pro contract with the Maple Leafs, a 23 year old Bozak came to camp as a rookie with high expectations.

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Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Preview

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Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Preview:

Storylines and Keys to Success of Hockey’s Best Rivalry

Gary Bettman and the NHL scheduling staff have decided that tomorrow will be the day the Montreal Canadiens (3-1-0) and the Boston Bruins (1-3-0) will meet for what will undoubtedly be a war on ice. After a full offseason plus since their last matchup (an emotional game seven which resulted in a couple of remorseless death threats…) the Canadiens and Bruins have had plenty of time to prepare for tomorrows match. This game will host several underlying story lines, and each team will have a specific game-plan set in place to ensure their respective success. This article aims to provide some insight on what fans can expect of this Thursdays matchup.

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A Closer Look At: Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers

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Authors Note: During the regular season I will be trying to look at 2 different NHL teams every week.  Typically it will be one Eastern Team and one Western Team, but that may adjust depending on developing stories in the NHL.  

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Why Have the Leafs Sucked for 47 Years?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the most financially successful team in the NHL. The Leafs are more valuable than the 5 least rich teams in the league. They are worth an estimated 1.15 billion dollars, and are the only NHL team worth more than a billion. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup in 47 years. The irony of the Leafs having such monetary success with so little on the ice is staggering. An organization which virtually sells out every game and has the financial power to make itself one of the most well equipped elite franchises in all of sports. Even in a salary cap based system. A team who has just has failed to achieve hockey’s ultimate goal for so long. Why have the Leafs failed like they have? Why are they on the end of so many jokes? ESPN recently ranked them to be the worst franchise in North America of all of the major 4 sports leagues, are they?

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Around the Arena: District Detroit – The Beginning (w/ an Ending)

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September 25, 2014 will be a day forgotten in time to most people. There are some though that will remember it as a day of beginnings and endings, none more than Detroit Red Wings and Tigers fans and the owners of both franchises Mike and Marian Ilitch. It was an interesting day in Detroit for sure, with many story lines. The Detroit Red Wings hosted their first home game of the pre-season, the Detroit Tigers were winding down there last couple games of the season at Comerica park and trying to preserve their lead in the division, and construction of District Detroit (the single largest development in Detroit’s history and home to the future arena of the Detroit Red Wings) officially got underway yesterday.

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LA Kings: The Numbers behind their Playoffs

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Over the past 3 years, the Los Angeles Kings have totalled an impressive record of 10-1 in playoff series, leading them to their first 2 Stanley Cup Championships. They return this year with the goal of being the first team to win back-to-back championships since Detroit (‘96-‘97/’97-‘98).

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Montreal Canadiens: Time for a Change

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A Review of the Montreal Canadiens Transitional Summer

Having made the playoffs again last year, the Montreal Canadiens have now reached the post season eight times in the last decade’s worth of seasons. That may seem impressive, but ask any one of the players who has donned the bleu, blanc, et rouge over the last ten years; they will tell you that there is only one reason that they play(ed) the game, and simply making the playoffs is not that reason. It has been 22 years since the City of Montreal has seen their old pal Stanley, and its inhabitants are growing restless.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Reinforcements for the Maple Leafs

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The Maple Leafs will have a lot of new faces around the rink this year. The Leafs have done an overhaul of their bottom six forwards and have also changed several defenders. All of the new players will be looking to make an impact this season in their own ways. The newly signed players who are hoping to make the team this season are: David Booth, Matt Frattin, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Roman Polak, Stephane Robidas, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik. This is a summary of what each player brings to the table.

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