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Names to Watch for Extensions on July 1st

Thanks for reading! Stop by www.belowthegoalline.com for exclusive playoff analysis.   NHL players with existing contracts cannot sign a contract extension until the reach the final year of their current contract. Each year, several players are inked to contract extensions when they are eligible on July 1st of the last year of their contract.   While the opening day of free agency will bring a lot of excitement for teams acquiring a new player or two, July 1st can also be a g

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4/25/2018 - NHL Playoff Recap

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out www.belowthegoalline.com later today for an exclusive look at the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.   Tonight marks the end of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Check out the entire first round here.   Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins   In the only first round series to go the full seven games, the Boston Bruins will hope their home will secure them a ticket to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Rou

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4/22/2018 - NHL Playoof Recap

The first round of the NHL Playoffs is almost over! Be sure to check out the complete NHL Playoff race here.   Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs   After a strong regular season, and a quick start to this series, the Boston Bruins had another opportunity to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in Game 6. Holing a 3-2 series lead, Boston needed just a single victory to advance to the second round to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.   Toronto, however, has shown si

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Early Offseason Storylines.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to subscribe to BTGL via email, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for continued off-season coverage of the NHL and other hockey leagues. Visit www.belowthegoalline.com for more information.   Thirteen NHL teams are still playing in the playoffs for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup. This means that 18 teams have already moved into their off-season process, which will include the NHL Entry Draft and free agency.   Several top story lines have eme

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4/20/2018 - NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Recap, Day 10

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the latest coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as continued coverage of the CHL, NCAA, AHL, and KHL over at www.belowthegoalline.com!   Day 10 of the Stanley Cup Playoff featured three games where each of the series could have ended in Game 5 on Friday night. Check out the entire playoff picture here.   Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins   Facing elimination, the Philadelphia Flyers headed into Pittsburg

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Day 8 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Thanks for reading! Check out the latest NHL Playoff action at www.belowthegoalline.com!   The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue with four games on Wednesday night. Check out last night's action here, and the entire playoff bracket here.   Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers   The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers face off in Philadelphia for Game 4 of their first round series. After winning Game 1, 7-0, and Game 5, 5-1, the Penguins hold a 2-1 seri

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The Future Coach of the Dallas Stars

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the latest coverage from the world of hockey at www.belowthegoalline.com.   Before the 2017-18 season, Ken Hitchcock returned to coach the Dallas Stars. Hitchcock coached the Stars from the 1995-96 season until he was fired in the 2001-02 season. Hitchcock went on to coach the Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and St. Louis Blues before returning to the Stars for just a single season before announcing his retirement from coaching a cou

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NHL Awards for the 2017-18 Season

Thanks for reading! Please visit Below the Goal Line for more hockey coverage!   As the NHL regular season is over, it's time to think about who deserves to win the prestigious awards handed out by the league to its outstanding players.   We'll start with the automatic award winners.   President's Trophy - The President's Trophy is awarded to the team with the best overall regualr season record. This year winner is the Nashville Predators. On the strength of great g

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4/13/18 - NHL Playoffs Recap

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the latest playoff news and notes from Below the Goal Line! Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date breaking info! @belowthegoaline   As the 2018 NHL Playoffs continue into their third night, three teams will look to take a 2-0 series advantage, while three team will look to even up their series at 1-1. These three match-up are Game 2s of Wednesday night's action. Check out the other five series here.   Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Pen

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NHL Playoff Preview

Thanks for reading! Please check out the full versions of these articles at Below the Goal Line!   The NHL Playoffs getting underway this Wednesday, so it's time to take a look at the Eastern Conference match-ups.   Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils   The Tampa Bay Lightning are the East's top team. They won the Atlantic Division and play the New Jersey Devils, the second Wild Card team from the Eastern Conference.   The Lightning led the NHL with

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Your 2018 National Champions...

Thanks for reading! Check out  Below the Goal Line for more exclusive content.   In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth in the finale of the Frozen Four. Both teams got through two regional match-ups and defeated their Frozen Four semifinal opponents to meet for the national championship. Check out the full tournament bracket here.   The Bulldogs jumped out to the early 2-0 first period lead. After defeating Ohio State i

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NCAA Frozen Four Semi-Finals Recap

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out Below the Goal Line for more exclusive content!   Thursday, April 5th featured a number of compelling hockey games around the world, but none more exciting than the two NCAA Men's Ice Hockey National Championship Semi-Final games. St. Paul, Minnesota hosted the two games that would determine the competitors for the national title, which will be held on Saturday.   If you missed the preview of the NCAA tournament, be sure to check out t

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What Will the Golden Knights Look Like Next Year?

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out Below the Goal Line for more exclusive content. Visit www.belowthegoalline.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter!   The brightest story in the NHL this season is the Vegas Golden Knights. An expansion team this season, the Golden Knights were expected to be among the league's bottom feeders. Most people, including myself, thought Vegas would finish outside of the playoffs, and would look to the 2018 Entry Draft to continue growing towards the

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3/31/18 - San Jose Barracuda @ Rockford Icehogs

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to check out Below the Goal Line for exclusive content!   A Saturday night special, as Below the Goal Line visits the Rockford Icehogs again as they take on the San Jose Barracuda in an AHL game. The Barracuda, fresh off a shootout loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, travel to Rockford to take on the Icehogs, on of the AHL's hottest teams of late.   The Icehogs have been playing some inspired hockey lately as they push for a playoff spot. The I

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3/30/18 - Los Angeles Kings @ Anaheim Ducks

Thanks for reading! Check out Below the Goal Line for more exclusive content!   NHL Game Updates:   Toronto Maple Leafs @ New York Islanders, Auston Matthews scores with less than four minutes left to break a tie game. The Maple Leafs, who clinched a playoff spot, won 5-4.   Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Rangers, The Lightning score five straight goals to win 7-3 over the Rangers. This was a homecoming of sorts for Lightning players Ryan MDonagh, Dan Giardi, and J.

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3/28/2018 - NCAA First Weekend Recap

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out Below the Goal Line for more exclusive content.     It was a wild weekend in college hockey for the opening two rounds of the men's national tournament. We started with 16 teams, and now we are down to four. On April 7th, we will be down to just one college program remain, the team that will be this year's NCAA champion.   The tournament fot underway with eight first-round matchup. In the West region, Air Force took down top-see S

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3/26/18 - Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers

Thanks for reading! Please visit Below the Goal Line for more exclusive hockey content.   NHL Game Updates:   Buffalo Sabres @ Toronto Maple Leafs, The Sabres are victorious in this one 3-2. Toronto is comfortably in third place in the Atlantic Division, but hopes of moving up into second place are almost gone.   Florida Panthers @ New York Islanders, The Panthers are now just one point behind the Devils for the final Wild Card spot thanks to a 3-0 win. The frustrat

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The Market for Evander Kane

Thanks for reading the latest from Below the Goal Line! Check out a BTGL exclusive: Can the Dallas Stars Fix Themselves Soon? This summer, some big name hockey players are set to hit the free agent market. No one is bigger than John Tavares, who we will watch closely. Evander Kane is another big name teams will think about to bolster their team's offense.   Kane has a checkered past. He has had his run ins with the law, and he has been a locker room nightmare, specifically in Winn

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3/25/2018 - Nashville Predators @ Winnipeg Jets

Thank you for reading! Please visit Below the Goal Line for more exclusive hockey coverage!   NHL Game Updates:   Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins, The Penguins win a 5-4 game in overtime. The Flyers sit six points ahead of the Florida Panthers for a playoff spot, so if they keep getting points, they will make the playoffs.   Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars, The Dallas Stars, who I tried to fix on Sunday afternoon, are in a free fall. This time, the Stars

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3/24/2018 - Tampa Bay Lightning @ New Jersey Devils

Don't forget to check out this article and the rest of the publications from Below the Goal Line!   NHL Game Updates:   Vegas Golden Knights @ Colorado Avalanche, With a win, the Golden Knights would capture a playoff berth. It was Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog who would deny them of that with his lone shootout goal. In a potential first round playoff match-up, Colorado was victorious in this one 2-1 (SO).   Calgary Flames @ San Jose Sharks, The ice-cold Calga

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NHL Playoff Format

Thanks for reading! Please visit Below the Goal Line for more hockey coverage!   A lot has been said lately about the current NHL playoff format. There has been a lot of negative sentiment over the structure we use now, and I want to give you my spin on it as we approach the playoffs. Don't forget to check out my Eastern Conference and Western Conference playoff previews. A third team, the Boston Bruins, qualified last night for the 2018 postseason.   For simplicity, I don't

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3/21/2018 - Boston Bruins @ St. Louis Blues

Please check out the full article at Below the Goal Line. Thanks for reading!   NHL Game Updates:   Arizona Coyotes @ Buffalo Sabres, Clayton Keller had two assists, setting a new Coyotes' record for points in a rookie season with 55. The Coyotes out-muscle the Sabers 4-1.   Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins, Carey Price returned for the Canadiens, who gave up five in this won. Sidney Crosby picks up his 700th career assist in the 5-3 win.   Anaheim

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3/21/2018 - Western Conference Playoff Race

Please check out the full article at Below the Goal Line. Thanks for reading! Check out the post from Below the Goal Line for an Eastern Conference playoff primer!   Below the Goal Line continues its preview of the NHL race to the playoffs. Last night, we looked at the Eastern Conference. Today, we will look into what's happening in the Western Conference.   As of this morning, only one team has qualified for the playoffs so far in the Western Conference. That would be the Na

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3/20/18 - Toronto Maple Leafs @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Please check out the full article at Below the Goal Line. Thanks for reading!     Be sure to check out BTGL's complete preview of the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament exclusively here.   NHL Game Updates: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders, Matt Murray returned for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh struggles to score as te Islanders win 4-1.   Columbus Blue Jackets @ New York Rangers, That's nine straight wins for the Jackets, who climbed into the third spot

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3/19/18 - Los Angeles Kings @ Minnesota Wild

Please check out the full article at Below the Goal Line. Thanks for reading!   Be sure to check out BTGL's complete preview of the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament exclusively here.     NHL Game Updates:   Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins, In a match-up of two teams that could potentially meet in the playoffs, the visiting Blue Jackets score the game deciding goal in overtime to take the 5-4 win over the banged up Bruins. Columbus has now won eight in a row.

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