All Four Lines Contributing to Isles’ Success

Although it’s only three games into the season, the Islanders look good, very good. The team is coming off three straight wins, one being admist the last home opener at Nassau Coliseum, a game driven by emotions, and a six-goal game at MSG vs the Rangers. The Islanders have found their new success over the start of this season with depth, not only on defense but up front as well. All four lines have been playing well and to their roles, combining to a great team effort.
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Leafs Turn Things Around vs Rangers

After a disappointing start to the season which saw the Leafs drop consecutive games to the Canadiens and Penguins, they seemed to regain their form against the defending Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers.

The season began very similarly to how it had ended last spring.  Outshot by a combined 73 to 52 in the first two games, it seemed that the Leafs were once again going to be the whipping boys of advanced stats like Corsi and Fenwick.
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Front Office Issues in Boston?

Every Bruins fan on the face of the earth remembers the date June 15th, 2011. On this date, the Bruins won game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks to win their first title in 39 years. That championship team was created by GM Peter Chiarelli, and since then he has gotten high praise by Bruins fans, and is regarded as one of the best GM’s in the league. Let’s stop this here and take a look at what Chiarelli has done over the past several years.
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Habs Preseason Surpirises and more

Summer is really over and NHL hockey is finally back on. It feels great saying that! So now it’s time to talk about the best team in the world… The Habs of course. Before we talk about the future we have to re-visit pre-season.  I was not expecting all of the depth the Habs currently have in the organization from NHL to AHL.  Watching the pre-season games, the three players coming out of the gate and who stole the show were Sven Andrighetto, Christian Thomas, and Drayson Bowman. Andrighetto was the Bulldogs’ best scorer last year and has showcased some great hands and knowledge on where to dish the puck. Thomas  was traded to the Habs from the Rangers for Danny Kristo. He started off pre-season as the best player on the ice. He is extremely fast and had a little bit of Gallagher in him, by not giving up and playing bigger than he actually is.
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Sharks Announce Opening Night Roster

One day before the drop of the puck of the new 2014-2015 season,  the San Jose Sharks announced their final roster cuts from training camp, and will open the season tomorrow night against the Kings.

General manager Doug Wilson announced in the last few days that Nikolay Goldobin will play in Finland next season, saying that “we feel his development is best suited playing in a league against men, similar to the path Tomas Hertl took.” As well as Goldobin being loaned to a European club, the Sharks announced that defense man Taylor Doherty has cleared waivers and will start the season in Worcester.

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Hockey is Back on Long Island after Snow’s Successful Offseason

It’s been a long, long time since Islanders fans have been able to truly say they are confident with their team’s roster going into the season, with this year is one of those times. With defense and other questions up in the air before the last home opener at Nassau Coliseum kicks off on Saturday, Garth Snow went out and made a flurry of moves on Saturday to solidify the team all around. He acquired Johnny Boychuk for a second in 2015, a second in 2016, and a conditional 3rd in 2015. But, he wasn’t done there. Snow went on to acquire Nick Leddy within the same hour, this time for Ville Pokka, Anders Nilsson (who now plays in the KHL), and the recently signed TJ Brennan. Defense, which was the main concern going into the season for the Islanders, was then amped up to a whole new level that any Islander fan could be excited about.
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Power Rankings #1

Week #1 (preseason)

1. Boston Bruins: After re-signing Reilly Smith and Torey Krug, the Bruins have secured their spot at the top of not only the power rankings, but the Eastern Conference as well, especially with Tuukka Rask in net.

2. Chicago Blackhawks: With the added in Brad Richards on the second line, as well as their quad-threat in Hossa, Sharp, Kane and Toews, and their great defense with Keith, Seabrook, and Hjalmarsson, the Blackhawks are destined for yet another great season.

3. Los Angeles Kings: After a quiet offseason that followed their second championship in three years, the Kings are ready to get right back into the hunt with top defensive center Anze Kopitar leading the way.
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Expectations for Bruins as Camp Draws to End

The Boston Bruins have had an up and down offseason, They’ve seen future hall of fame forward Jarome Iginla leave Boston, and were not able to add any free agents to make up for the 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) they lost in Iginla. They also lost backup Chad Johnson to the New York Islanders. Johnson had very impressive numbers in his short time with Boston, going 17-4-3, with a .925 save percentage, and a 2.10 GAA.
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Avalanche Keys to Success

Right off the bat, you probably think i’m on some sort of drug, thinking the Avs could be in the top 5 this year, with teams like the Hawks, Bruins, Penguins… But when you have 3 lines that know how to bury the puck… that’s pretty deadly, plus, you have the D pairings. The D had 120+ points all together last season… adding Stuart is just gonna make the points go up.
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Ottawa Signs Ryan, Names Karlsson Captain

Early Thursday, Ottawa cleared the air on two of their biggest subjects this offseason, Bobby Ryan and their new team captain. They went on to announce that Erik Karlsson, 24, will be the new captain. Karlsson was taken 15th overall in 2008, and had a career year last year with 74 points in 82 games played. Karlsson fills the shoes of Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson as the two recent captains, both who left over the previous two offseasons respectively.
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Arizona Cuts Ties with Young Players After Camp

As training camp concludes, teams need to start making decisions on where to play players for the upcoming year, and some of the toughest choices come from rookies and young players looking to make the team. But for Arizona, that doesn’t necessarily seem the case.
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Sharks Rookies Impress

Two weeks ago, San Jose Sharks 2014 first-round draft pick Nikolay Goldobin was a blip on the radar to make the Sharks opening night roster; however, after two weeks of training camp and a plethora of roster cuts, he remains a top candidate and seems to be eyeing a roster spot with the big club.

Goldobin was recently signed to a 3-year, entry level deal with the San Jose Sharks, and after 3 games this pre-season, he has 1 goal and 2 assists. He will play tonight on a line with Tomas Hertl, and Joe Thornton against the defending Stanley cup champions.
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