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  1. 2010 NHL playoffs: Eastern Conference first round predictions

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    This is what everyone loves to do as we gear up for the first of four rounds of playoff hockey: throw a dart at the wall and hope we can come close to predicting the outcomes of each series. So we are, Pro Hockey Talk’s predictions for 2010 NHL Conference Quarterfinals: (1) Washington Capitals vs.…

  2. Bruins motivated by failed 'vengeance' against Penguins

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    I was frankly appalled when the Boston Bruins failed to show any emotion in their much-hyped rematch against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This was the game they were supposed to get revenge for the Matt Cooke injustice; no one was looking for some sort of violent backlash with dirty shots and sticks to knees, but some…

  3. Thrashers fire Anderson as coach, Waddell becomes team president

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

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    On Monday we wrote about how the Atlanta Thrashers should fire Don Waddell as the team’s general manager, stating how he could be moved to team president. Today, we’re getting preliminary reports that the team has fired the coaching staff, including head coach John Anderson, and that Rick Dudley will take over general manager duties.…

  4. It's a new season for Red Wings and Coyotes

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Ansar Khan has a great story this morning on the Red Wings and Coyotes first round series, and how much the teams have changed since last playing on January 26. “More so than ever you’re going to toss out what happened in the regular season,” Detroit forward Kris Draper said. “I think both teams believe…

  5. Glendale approves Reinsdorf's proposal for Coyotes arena

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Late last night news came down that the Glendale City Council unanimously approved the arena lease proposal of Glendale Hockey, LLC, the group led by Jerry Reinsdorf. Per Rebekah L. Sanders of The Arizona Republic: The decision means that Reinsdorf, a Chicago sports mogul, and his group of investors will work with the city to…

  6. Best and worst series of Round One

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:25 AM EDT

    There’s a fine line between what makes a great series and what makes a forgettable series in the NHL Playoffs. Not every seven game series is going to be exciting and incredible to watch just like how every sweep or five game series won’t always be a huge stinker to witness. What will this year’s…

  7. NHL fears message sending once again

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    In another effort that Colin Campbell can flex his muscles as he sees fit as the NHL disciplinarian, he’s stepped up once again to say that incidents in pre-game warm-ups will not be tolerated. The threat of any confrontation in the pre-game warmup is of particular concern to the league.  To the point, Campbell warned…

  8. Ranking out the playoff goalies

    Apr 13, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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  9. Oilers win the NHL Draft lottery

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

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    It’s only fair that a team that was beset by injuries all year long comes away with the top pick in the draft and that’s exactly what happened as the Edmonton Oilers came away the winners of the NHL Draft lottery.  There were no surprises as everything held to form for the lottery and the…

  10. NHL Draft lottery live blog

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

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    Are you ready for some draft lottery?! Yes, there’s a fair bit of drama to this year’s lottery, mostly thanks to the Phil Kessel trade and what will happen with Toronto’s pick that belongs to the Boston Bruins.  If you’ve missed any of our coverage from the past week, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…

  11. Marc Savard could be ready by second round

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli stunned some folks saying that injured forward Marc Savard could be ready to play by the time the second round of the playoffs comes around. Of course, this could be wishful jumping to conclusions here as the quotes mentioned don’t say that explicitly, especially those…

  12. Players and EA Sports predict the Cup winner

    Apr 13, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    According to 31% of the 272 players polled by Sports Illustrated, they believe the Washington Capitals will win the Stanley Cup. 27% of the players felt that the Chicago Blackhawks would be the Cup winners this year, something that pleased members of the Hawks. “That’s the best respect you can get from anybody is when…

  13. Phaneuf to be next captain of the Maple Leafs

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Thanks to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail and The Fan 590 out of Toronto, we found out from Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson that he’s got his eyes on a captain for next year’s Maple Leaf squad and it’s none other than Sean Avery’s favorite zinger target, Dion Phaneuf. “We wanted to…

  14. Watch these free-agents-to-be in the East

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    One of my nerdy hockey (and sports) obsessions is to study the breakthroughs an athlete will experience in a contract year. Just look at Fernando Pisani’s fluke playoff run or last year’s Boston Bruins. My question is, which players could turn a great playoff run into a husky pay day? Now let’s take a look…

  15. Watch these free-agents-to-be in the West

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    One of my nerdy hockey (and sports) obsessions is to study the breakthroughs an athlete will experience in a contract year. Just look at Fernando Pisani’s fluke playoff run or last year’s Boston Bruins. My question is, which players could turn a great playoff run into a husky pay day? First, let’s take a look…

  16. Pat Quinn to Sheldon Souray: 'Get the hell out'

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Is it me, or does everyone hate Sheldon Souray right now? Crusty old Pat Quinn had some candid words for the oft-injured defenseman’s trade request. Here are some choice quotes from the Edmonton Sun. “It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke…

  17. Can a Canadian team win the Cup?

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    (Great comic by Earl Sleek of BoC. Check out this hysterical post for more goodness.) Oh, Canada. You haven’t won a Cup since 1993 when Patrick Roy lead the Montreal Canadiens to their last of a billion (rough estimate) Stanley Cups. The last Canadian team to make the Stanley Cup finals were the Ottawa Senators,…

  18. Blurry crystal ball: Judging playoff predictions

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Every pre-season, pundits throw out wild guesses that they like to call “predictions.” Since it’s always a fun exercise to mock your past self (“Gosh, idiot me from October. What were you thinking?” *gunshot*), I thought I’d share my predictions from last year. Thankfully, I’ll spare you the posts that featured photos of morbidly obese…

  19. Tomas Plekanec trash talks Capitals' goalies

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    People often speak about how dangerous it is to give another team “bulletin board material.” If that idea holds any salt, then the already over-matched Montreal Canadiens might be in some serious trouble. Habs forward Tomas Plekanec bashed the Capitals’ goaltending in a story relayed by TSN. “It’s not as though we are facing (Martin) Brodeur…

  20. Are the San Jose Sharks really chokers?

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    One of my instincts is to question conventional wisdom. (After all, if I didn’t then I would have just crumbled in high school as people laughed at my clothes and mountain scent. I was raised by wolves.) If there’s one common refrain for hockey fans, it’s that “the Sharks choke in the playoffs.” Certainly, there’…

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