Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Chances

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014

The Canadiens put the fourth nail in the coffin of Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning last night.  It really was a dominant series where the Habs truly did look like the better team and it is hard to argue that they didn’t deserve to win any of those games. Carey Price didn’t even have to be extraordinary posting only a .904 save percentage, but a solid 2.33 GAA.  Don’t get me wrong Price did everything that was expected of him and played extremely well apart from maybe a few goals in the first game of the series, but he wasn’t called upon a ton, which bodes well for the Habs moving forward. Habs fans shouldn’t be getting too excited just yet though.  The Lightning aren’t one of the elite in the Eastern Conference and every series from here on in will be much more difficult.

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Stanley Cup Picks With 20 Games Left

NHL Stanley Cup WinnerI haven’t been able to post much lately, but with the trade deadline having passed I was curious about how the odds have changed for the Stanley Cup Winner since I made the 50 games remaining Stanley Cup post in December.  The answer is quite a bit actually.  The seven teams that I feel have a legitimate shot at raising Lord Stanleys Mug this year are still the 7 main favourites and rightfully so, but some teams that were just behind these guys **cough cough Vancouver have dropped completely, while the seven have also shuffled up a bit.

Here are the odds from Bodog.eu with their 50 games remaining odds in parentheses:

  • St. Louis Blues 5/1 (8/1)
  • Chicago Blackhawks 13/2 (7/1)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 13/2 (13/2)
  • Anaheim Ducks 15/2 (12/1)
  • Boston Bruins 15/2 (8/1)
  • San Jose Sharks 9/1 (9/1)
  • LA Kin...
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Why Rick Nash SHOULD NOT Have Made Team Canada

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Rick Nash being included on Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics is one of the hot topics of today, with many fans not thinking he should have been selected.  I’m one of those fans and here is why…

Arguments For Rick Nash Being Named to Team Canada (And why they aren’t valid):

1. He played great at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, while on the top line with Toews and Mike Richards.

I’ll admit that watching Team Canada play in Vancouver, you were drawn to Rick Nash’s explosiveness and the talent of this line as a whole.  That said, when you really break it down, Rick Nash wasn’t very effective.  Even playing on this top line he only ended up with 5 points in 7 games (2 goals and 3 assists) and a +1 rating...

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NHL Division Winner Betting Prediction at Christmas

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It’s just about Christmas time and that means that around 35 games have been played by each NHL team.  This is a large enough sample size to have a good picture of each team in the NHL and their abilities moving forward in the season.  Yes, some teams will have overachieved to this point, while others have the potential to improve, but by this point you should be able to figure out which team is which and make a more educated prediction for which team will win each division.

Speaking of the divisions, this year there are only four divisions, down from 6 last year.  There are 8 teams per division in the East and 6 teams per division in the West...

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Stanley Cup Picks with 50 Games Left

NHL LogoI haven’t been able to post over the last few months, but I’m now back and ready to keep things going with this blog.  What better way to start the site back up again than with some Stanley Cup and NHL futures predictions with 50 games remaining in the season.  After 30+ games most teams have started to show their true colours and it’s a big enough sample size to work with for making these long term predictions.  Paul Maclean, coach of the Senators, may have said it best when he said that at this point you are what your record says you are.  He of course was referring to the Sens having to improve rather than thinking they’ve just been the victim of bad bounces to this point.

I also did a very early Stanley Cup predictions post way back in June so I will be referring back to that to se...

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Are The Ottawa Senators Cup Contenders in 2013-14

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The Senators were absolutely destroyed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year.  They lost their leading playoff scorer and leader Daniel Alfredsson without getting anything in return after he jumped ship in the off season to play in Detroit.  They also lost arguably their second best defenseman in Sergei Gonchar and in losing these two players became the youngest team in the NHL.  With all of this having happened to the Sens really have a shot to compete for the Stanley Cup this year?

The answer is yes and here is why:

Erik Karlsson was simply not himself in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year after returning from the achilles injury suffered at the hands of Matt Cooke...

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Hockey Players Playing Poker During and After Careers

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Scoring life’s hat trick with hockey, poker, and a strong sense of confidence

There’s nothing quite like the comfort of feeling the cold air slap your face every time you zoom by your opponents on the ice. The build up to the excitement sends shivers down your spine; and by the time the puck punctures the net, there’s a matrix-like scenario where everything turns in slow motion before the crowd erupts in frenzy and the ecstasy of scoring a goal gradually sinks in. That’s the kind of enviable sensation NHL players get on a regular basis. But after hearing the deafening goal horn pierce their eardrums, some of them bask in total contentment of glory, while others look outside the penalty box and discover new ways of experiencing even the basic feeling of nirvana...

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NHL Salary Arbitration Slowly Disappearing

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When you’re a restricted free agent in the NHL, you really don’t have many rights. Your team basically owns you like property until such time as your contract expires and you’re of a certain age. However, there is one safeguard for young RFAs to get a fair deal from their GMs called salary arbitration.

First of all, a quick refresher. Salary arbitration occurs when an RFA and his GM are at a stalemate over a contract. For some reason or another they simply can’t come to an agreement so an independent arbiter is brought into the process. He listens to both sides present their case and makes a ruling on what the new contract should be...

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Leafs GM Nonis Gets Extension For Some Reason

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On Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they had signed GM Dave Nonis to a 5-year contract extension. The 47 year old Nonis took over for Brian Burke after the latter was fired prior to the truncated 2013 season and led the Leafs to their first playoff appearance since 2004. Apparently pleased with the results, Leafs ownership found the incentive to allow Nonis continued control over the team as a reward for the team’s progress. But does anyone else find it strange that he’s being rewarded for the work done by his predecessor?

The situation is eerily similar to what happened earlier in Nonis’ career, during his time with the Vancouver Canucks. Nonis was serving as an assistant to Brian Burke back in 2004, and helped oversee the Canuck’s rise to the top of the Western Conference...

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2014 Sochi Snubs

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Over the last week, many of the countries involved with the 2014 Sochi Olympics have been releasing their preliminary rosters. While there have been few surprises among the top guys for each nation, there have also been some serious questions about a few players that haven’t been invited.

Team Canada features many returning players from it’s 2010 gold medal winning team, including Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Drew Doughty and Roberto Luongo. However, there are quite a few big names that didn’t make the cut.

Martin Brodeur might be the most glaring omission, as the legendary goalie has been a part of every Olympic team since 1998. It’s understandable given the fact that he’s 41 years old, but with the lack of depth in the crease for Canada, I’m surprised he’s not even getting a look.

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