July 26, 2013
Weekly Rink Report : News And Game Summaries

With the NHL’s offseason in full swing, the pieces are finally beginning to fall into place. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening around the league this week:

Tuukka Rask and Boston Bruins Agree to Extension
Instead of letting things play out, the Bruins have locked up their star goalie for the next eight years in a deal that will pay him 56 million through the 2020-2021 season. Rask is clearly an integral part of their plan for the future, and without him they likely would not have made it out of the first round this past Read on …

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June 8, 2013
Hoist The Banner: A Historic Rewind

Ice hockey is a popular sport that draws large crowds of fans to its stands. The National Hockey League overseas the sport in every state located throughout the nation. Hockey is the official sport of Canada. The wildly popular sport fans support their local teams by attending their games. The NHL is the highest level a player can achieve. Professional games are held in large cities across America. Hockey is also one of the most popular sports found Read on …

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April 20, 2013
Intermission Report: This Week’s Top Players

The NHL has seen plenty of good players this week, but none of them has been more important than James Neal. The talented winger of the Pittsburgh penguins has picked up the slack with the injury to Evgeni Malkin. The penguins have won six games in a row, and Neal has been a huge reason behind that recent success. He has scored points in every game during that streak. He has five goals and four Read on …

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June 20, 2012
Forwards, Centers, Wings and Defensive Kings

For a team to hoist the Stanley Cup, it must find a good balance between scoring and defense. If a team is only interested in scoring goals, it leaves its goalie on an island, setting him up for disaster. If a team can not score, excellent defense may not win games because of hockey’s nature of strange bounces and odd angles.

Strong defensemen like the legendary Nicklas Lidstrom give a team that backstop it needs to support the goalie, especially during penalty kills. On the other end of the ice, centers such as The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, put Read on …

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September 24, 2011
Shut-Outs, Zeroes, Blowouts, Hat-Tricks and Shoot-Outs

Hockey is a sport where anything can happen on a given night, and it usually does. When you attend a NHL game, you can expect to see the best athletes on skates give it their all each and every night. The excitement you experience when attending a gme live cannot be compared to any other sport.

The NHL has some of the best goaltending in the league. Henrik Lundqvist, also known as King Henry, is the netminder for the New York Rangers. Lundqvist gives his all each and Read on …

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September 12, 2011
Stats, Sticks, Power Plays And Penalty Kills

Hockey is one of the most exciting sports anywhere on the planet. The speed which the players skate up and down the ice is unmatched in any other sport. The players give their all each and every shift trying to score that elusive goal. Each team plays with a heart and determination that is simply missing from every sports.

Hockey is one of the most unique experiences in the entire world. When watching your favorite player take a slap shot from the point or observing a devastating hit, it is clear to everyone watching that this is really Read on …

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August 28, 2011
The Frozen Pond: Drills, Exercises And Advice

Sometimes you don’t have a nicely smoothed ice rink to practice with the puck. All you really need to practice hockey is a frozen over pond and some skates. Grab a couple friends and head down to your nearest park, the fun starts as soon as you want it to.

There are many different things you can do on a frozen pond. If you’re just starting out it is a great place to learn how to skate in a very casual environment. Just practice your turns and cuts, Read on …

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July 19, 2011
Hockey Withdrawal? A Few Tips…

Who doesn’t love hockey? Now that the season’s over you’re likely going through withdrawal, watching game after game of old footage on the direct satellite hockey channels and wearing your jersey everywhere. Here are a few of our best tips for keeping the NHL spirit alive during the painfully long off-season…
Start a Street League – Even if you’re too old to play, get some neighborhood kids together for a few pick up games of street hockey. When they’re good enough, speak with other local teams about getting the league Read on …

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December 19, 2010
1/3 Season Projections

Well over a third of the 2010-2011 NHL season has already passed us by, giving a substantial enough body of work to make long term projections regarding the season’s outcome. Soothsayers? No. Educated guessers? Indeed. Based on current team trajectories and player tendencies, not to mention a little luck and elbow grease, this is an early season stab at how the standings will shake out, along with an even further reaching forecast as to who will skate away with Lord Stanley’s Cup. Without further adoEastern ConferenceAtlantic Division1. Pittsburgh Penguins2. Philadelphia Flyers3. New York Rangers4. New Jersey Devils5. New York IslandersNortheast Division1. Boston Bruins2. Montreal Canadiens3. Buffalo Sabres4. Ottawa Senators5. Toronto Maple LeafsSoutheast Division1. Atlanta Thrashers2. Washington Capitals3. Tampa Bay Lightning4. Carolina Hurricanes5. Tampa Bay LightningWestern Conference Read on …

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August 20, 2010
Long Term Effects of the Salary Cap

The issue of player salaries within the NHL has long been an issue. During its early days in the first half of the 20th century, the league subjected players to salary caps, but these were eventually done away with and forgotten about for several decades. This topic rose to the surface again in the 1970s when the NHL Players Association was created. The issue finally came to a head during the 1994-1995 season and resulted in a lockout and a portion of the season being cancelled. However, the problems solved at this time would only sedate the issue for about ten years. In 2004 a lockout resulted in the entire season being cancelled, which was the first time this has ever happened in a North American professional sports league. However, in the end, negotiations finally resulted in a salary cap agreement. A salary cap per team and per player was set based on revenues of the league. Read on …

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