Yes I know it's a little late to publish this but people are still trying to get the hang of the concept.
The “Wild Card” Playoff Race
The top three teams in each division are the first 12 teams to qualify for the playoffs. (Six in each conference.)
The remaining spots go to “wild card” teams: the two highest finishers in each Conference, regardless of division.
That makes eight playoff qualifiers in each Conference, with the possibility of up to five playoff teams from one division.
Before I get into the rankings, I just want to make clear that some of the listings of the rivalries don’t have as much heat as they used to but some are at the height of the peak and still ongoing. What some of the rivalries in the list do have though is a climax and why they have a climax is because of some game changing event that built animosity between the two teams. Some of the teams are rivals because there was much hype built by the imagination of media, hockey fans and analysts alike th
Once again, I’m doing an NHL’s Top 5 compilation, but this time, it’s about players who can generate goals, hits and/or saves look sensational plus compelling to watch to make lasting memories to viewers. Some of us may know already that the best players don’t do anything to ‘wow’ you, they are just so effective at they do and achieve success by doing so. Every hockey fan knows who Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are. They are 2 of the best players in the NHL. They have each scored over 100 goal
These are hockey’s most triumphant winners in their own style. They exude confidence, push others around them harder and they dig deep when the team needs them to be clutch. Some of these talented people get to the top by either leading by example, taking charge at key moments or just simply by having a strong character. One trait that they all have in common is they are true motivators and they leave an everlasting impression. My top five choices for most inspiring hockey people is based on the
The 3rd jersey is a great alternative when the standard home or road jersey starts to fade in novelty and is also a great marketing tool to promote diversification and tradition as the reason why certain 3rd jerseys are made is to bring their historical colours back to life. Of course the 3rd jerseys are brought in to try and make a
The predecessor to the current LA Kings. These jerseys were retired in 2011 to make way the new and improved ‘back in black’ sweaters
So do you think it’s an im
As the current NHL season initiates, there is always excitement, anticipation and most of all questions that lurk through the minds of many hopeful hockey fans that wish greatness for their favourite clubs. Many also wonder who the showcase rookie is going to be and which player is poised for a breakthrough campaign. But the most truly hyped question of the season is ‘which team is going to the Stanley Cup.’ Hockey fans are very smart, they catch on to the latest news quickly and definitely know
The Pittsburgh Penguins have experienced a plethora of highs and lows since the tale of the club first began in 1967. The Penguins are a team of destiny. When they were down and ready to fold as a franchise, a superstar was there to save them. Mario Lemieux led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories in the early 1990’s after a miserable decade in the 1980’s. Same scenario played out in the early 2000’s when the franchise was playing terrible on the ice plus it was on the verge of ban
As some of us know as hockey fans, we definitely have our favourite team and we definitely have our favourite jersey.
How some of us view or make use of our jerseys are sometimes very different from each other.
Some of us are very happy with just getting our favourite team’s home jersey with no name on the back. They just show support for the team they’re cheering for. Some of us want the authentic-cut jersey that the players wear on the ice; that’s if you’re a hard
In the past I wrote an article similar to this by listing the top 10 NHL alternate jerseys and there was a rank on them. While it was still interesting, I’m now putting a new twist to this.
Now you get to vote what jersey deserves to be on the top. I would love to see a debate on this because I want to know what aspect in an NHL jersey fans value. I’m only talking about the context, the artistic design and how it presents your roots based on what’s on the sweater. Yes, sometimes your favo
As most hockey fans may know, the Phoenix Coyotes are losing money every single year and the loses have been increasing in huge increments as seasons go by no matter how well their team's performance is. The worst recorded financial loss came just last year with an excess of $25 million down the tubes and the first question that comes to everyone's mind is why are they even still playing in that barren desert? The answer is simple, the NHL still wants this failing team to remain
The trade deadline may not seem very significant at first considering that the NHL has the playoffs, draft and the all-star game. The trade deadline is more important than you may think because the outcome from the moves made by teams during that time can vary in extremes but the only thing that comes to mind as to why teams make key trades at that time. Because it’s the Stanley Cup. The media love to make a big deal out of it and it becomes more of a spectacle of entertainment more than anythin
Marian Hossa carrying the puck
Top 5 NHL Players Who Can Switch Positions And Be Good At It
We have seen hockey players switch their playing positions before but it only happens once in a blue moon. I have put together a list of the top five NHL players that can switch their playing position and will play good if not better than before.
This list comprises of only realistic possibilities and there are no superstar NHL players on the list. The highest caliber of player ability in the list is a
My 2014-2015 NHL Standings Predictions
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2013-2014 Mini Review
It’s that time of year again where hockey fans everywhere anticipate another great and compelling season just like how it was last season. Last years’ 2014 NHL playoffs was marked as one of the most dramatic and entertaining post-seasons in many years because of the suspenseful 3rd period comebacks and constant momentum chan
The Detroit Red Wings are an iconic franchise with a terrific history. For 25 consecutive years, the Wings have made the playoffs and during that time, they have vaulted an already outstanding legacy to a brand new height of glory in the 1990’s and 2000’s. During their incredible playoff streak, the Wings have won 4 Stanley Cups and have participated in 4 outdoor games. The Wings have made appearances in 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and have accumulated a 2-0-2 record in those games with both overt
When you look at all pro sports every league has a dynasty. Some dynasties are perceived in their own unique way. Football has the New England Patriots of the NFL and Notre Dame of NCAA. Basketball has the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. Of course baseball has the most obvious and most prolific dynasty of all, the New York Yankees. These are still teams that made history then and still make history now. Notice that I didn't mention hockey's list of dynasties yet. That is because the NHL does not
The Chicago Blackhawks have participated in the most NHL outdoor games with five appearances including it’s 4th straight in as many years. The Blackhawks showcased two very bold black jerseys in their first 2 appearances in 2009 and 2014. For the last 3 outdoor showings, the Hawks have featured sleek white jerseys in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
If you’re a Hawks fan that loves collecting all their jerseys, this post is dedicated for you!
Chicago Blackhawks 2009 Winter Classic
There’s an expectation that all NHL players have to live to their performance on the ice. Then there is some who go the extra mile by building rapport with fans, media and sometimes other players. They are the guys who are perceived to be the masters of charisma; full of antics, charm, grace, flow and style. Each of these players that are listed below are unique in their own way. Some are loud, some are bombastic, they say what they think and they say what they feel. It doesn’t matter how skille
The 2016/17 NHL season has seen the unveiling of 8 NHL outdoor jerseys that were worn in-game by NHL players for their respective NHL teams. Most of the jerseys unveiled were inspired by past designs and colours used in the ‘good ole days’. There have been some interesting classic themed jerseys used this year and most of which are supposed to commemorate team history. Since this is the 100th NHL season, the ‘blast from the past’ route for the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic games made the m
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Oilfield Hockey Blog: 5 Reasons Why The Stadium Series and Winter Classics are great.
99% of the time that we see NHL games on live-streamed on your mobile device or your television, they take place in
Lets travel back to 2007 for a few moments. The NHL was undergoing a serious makeover retooling their look for their official uniforms. That was a time when many NHL teams have taken the opportunity to re-brand their image to fans and establish team identity. Teams weren’t given the option to introduce alternate sweaters so they had to have one home and one road jersey. Many teams took a deep dive into the trend. Speculation and hype ensued for much of the summer of 2007. When the season started
With the official 2012-2013 NHL season starting a whopping 4 months late because of legal, union and disclaimer issues fans miraculously got the best available outcome from a labour dispute, a shortened season. 48 games played by each club isn’t that bad and it’s enough games for teams to make a statement and there were plenty in a short amount of time.
2013: Year of the Win Streak
This is not an official title but I figured it was fitting because a few teams had some great regular season s
Even though Canada won gold in the 2010 Olympic Games, they are not the perceived favourite this time around as Russia and the United States have developed better players in recent years plus Russia wants revenge on Canada after a disappointing 7-3 loss in the semi-finals four years ago. Now things are different, Russia has home ice advantage and they are raring to seize the moment and win gold for the first time since 1988 when they were the communist Soviet Union. The United States have improv
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 100 years since the NHL has been breathing life and a lot of rich history has developed since it’s humble inauguration.
We saw so much change throughout the NHL’s history, it’s almost mind boggling in a way of what the league went through and how it has evolved during it’s history.
Many things have changed in the NHL since day one but the one big department that has been evolved with the game are the jerseys hockey players wear. The material
#5 – Matthew Barnaby
The master at getting under peoples’ skin.
If Matthew Barnaby could fight with his lips, he would be heavyweight champion of the world. He’s quite a bit like Sean Avery except that he has the gift of gab, but not in a positive way. Matthew was famous for his constant chirping against any opponent no matter if it’s tough guys like Tie Domi, Donald Brashear and even Zdeno Chara. The man can certainly talk the talk but can also walk the walk as he would always st
You know it’s that time of year again when there is no other juicy hockey news besides off-season player SCANDALS. But there hasn’t been any of that either. Unlike in years past, there have been no Patrick Kane rape allegations, no Dustin Byfuglien driving his boat wasted, no Jarret Stoll snorting coke on the 3rd line, and no Ryan O’Reilly driving his truck through Tim Horton’s desperate for a double-double. It’s so boring this year! And when there are no player scandals, August and September w