Tom’s NHL Hockey Blog

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2018-19 PLAYOFF PREVIEW

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Toronto Maple Leafs (A3) at Boston Bruins (A2)

The Leafs have been struggling with consistency the whole second half of the season and have a leaky defense.  The Bruins have been a model of consistency in the second half despite numerous injuries. …

ANAHEIM DUCKS UPDATE

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After a record of 2-15-4 in their past 21 games and being outscored 38-7 in that span, the Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle.  GM Bob Murray will take over coaching duties until the end of the season.  Prior to this dismal stretch the Ducks endured…

ST. LOUIS BLUES UPDATE

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After a dismal start, including the removal of head coach Mike Yeo and naming assistant coach Craig Berube interim head coach, the Blues have recovered nicely riding a current winning streak of 9 wins in a row.  This is the Blues longest winning streak since 2002. …

PENGUINS SEASON PREVIEW

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

The Pens will have their normal compliment of offensive weapons but will be slowed down by the average overall age of the roster. Much like last year, the wide open attack on defense may be their Achilles heel.

PREDICTIONS FOR 2018-2019 FINISHES

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ATLANTIC DIVISION

  1. TORONTO
  2. TAMPA BAY
  3. FLORIDA
  4. BOSTON
  5. DETROIT
  6. BUFFALO
  7. MONTREAL
  8. 0TTAWA

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

  1. WASHINGTON
  2. PITTSBURGH
  3. NEW JERSEY
  4. COLUMBUS
  5. PHILADELPHIA
  6. CAROLINA
  7. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
  8. NEW YORK RANGERS

CENTRAL DIVISION

  1. WINNIPEG
  2. NASHVILLE
  3. LOUIS
  4. COLORADO
  5. MINNESOTA
  6. DALLAS
  7. CHICAGO

PACIFIC DIVISION

  1. VEGAS
  2. SAN JOSE
  3. ANAHEIM
  4. LOS ANGELES
  5. EDMONTON
  6. CALGARY
  7. ARIZONA
  8. VANCOUVER

 

Stanley Cup Finals Prediction: Vegas Golden…

THE CONS OF COMPOSITE HOCKEY STICKS IN THE NHL

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When NHL players started using aluminum stick I thought they might have a good idea but the switch to composite sticks concerned me.  Yes, the sticks are lighter and easier to use.  One issue with the lighter sticks is that players have less control which leads to inadvertent high…

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