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Morning Line- Bruce Arthur

Apr 27 9:40am Kuklas Korner
ESPN isn’t everything, and the league isn’t exactly folding, but hockey got less relevant in America on Wednesday, bookending an era that probably began when the NHL left ESPN after the 2004-05 lockout for NBC and Comcast, leading to that time where hockey was on the Outdoor Life Network. Then-union head Paul Kelly once said, “It doesn’t have a lot of properties people want to tune in to, unless you are a hunter or a fisherman or you like turtle wrestling.” Well, there’s a little more hockey wilderness out there now. It was an American, Badger Bob Johnson, who coined the phrase, it’s a great day for hockey. Wednesday, for American hockey, was something less than that. -Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star where you can read more on this topic.
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This Years Draft Class

Apr 27 8:40am Kuklas Korner
from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun, The last two draft lotteries were game-changers. Connor McDavid won the scoring title and led the Oilers to the second round of the playoffs just two years after being selected first overall, while Matthews finished second in the Rocket Richard Trophy race with 40 goals and led the Leafs to a playoff spot as a rookie. This year, there is no McDavid, no Matthews. There might not even be a Jack Eichel or a Patrik Laine or even a Matthew Tkachuk at the top of the order. Instead, there are question marks surrounding top prospects Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. “We’re excited about the top five, but I don’t know that there’s that generational player that we’ve seen the last couple of years with McDavid and Matthews and Eichel and Laine,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “But we think those top two players (Patrick and Hischier) are both real good players in their own right and conceivably could come to training camp and compete for a job on the team next year. But I feel comfortable that we’re going to get a real good player.” In some ways, this year’s draft resembles the 2012 draft, where Nail Yakupov went first overall and many players were coming off a season where they had missed time with significant injury. There was plenty of talent available — including Morgan Rielly (5th overall), Hampus Lindholm (6th) and Filip Forsberg (11th) — but no slam dunks. You had to do your homework, while also crossing your fingers. This year is more of the same. more...
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The St. Louis Blues Drop Game 1 To The Nashville Predators

Apr 27 7:39am Kuklas Korner
from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Look, five-on-five, this Blues-Predators series is evenly matched. But the Blues lost their grip on Game 1, and, yes, they let one slip out of their hands. What did the Blues learn about Nashville, in terms to adjustments going forward? “Stay out of the box,” Jake Allen said. To be fair, Jake also took the blame for the game-losing goal (though some offensive defense set up the play). But those Predators hurried out of Scottrade Center with a win in their hockey bags, thanks in part to a pair of power-play goals. Nashville 4, St. Louis 3. Hey, at least we’ll actually have some scoring in this series. “First off, penalty kill, we need to be sharper there,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. read on Watch the game highlights below...
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New Jersey Devils Should Overpay For TJ Oshie

Apr 27 2:37am Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils are going into the offseason with a ton of cap space with not much to spend it on. TJ Oshie seems to be the crown jewel of NHL Free Agency. The team needs to make a serious play to get him. General Manager Ray Shero has made some very good moves […] New Jersey Devils Should Overpay For TJ Oshie - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Griffins release 2nd round playoff schedule vs. Chicago

Apr 27 1:41am Kuklas Korner
From the Grand Rapids Griffins: SCHEDULE FOR DIVISION FINALS VERSUS CHICAGO ANNOUNCED GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After completing a second straight first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Griffins will continue their quest for the Calder Cup by facing their longtime rivals, the Chicago Wolves, in the best-of-seven Central Division Finals. The second-seeded Griffins and division-champion Wolves – fresh off of rallying past the Charlotte Checkers by winning the final two games of their series – will stage their first postseason clash in 13 years. Games 1 and 2 will take place at Allstate Arena on Wednesday, May 3 and Friday, May 5 before the series turns to Van Andel Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday, May 6 and Monday, May 8. The complete schedule is as follows:...
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Prospect news: Griffins win in OT, advance to 2nd round; Saarijarvi advances to OHL Final

Apr 26 11:40pm Kuklas Korner
Of prospect-related note, with more to come: In playoff action, in the AHL, Jared Coreau's 40 saves were enough to help poush the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 3-2 OT win over the Milwaukee Admirals in Game 3 of the teams' best-of-5 series. Kyle Criscuolo scored the OT winner at 10:03 of overtime via Dan Renouf; Tomas Nosek and Matt Lorito scored the other goals, and Tyler Bertuzzi had an assist. The Griffins advance to play the Chicago Wolves in the second round...Chicago will have home-ice advantage in the 2-3-2 series, so Grand Rapids will play at Van Andel Arena in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the series. Moving on! pic.twitter.com/EoBNajHYWY — AHL (@TheAHL) April 27, 2017 In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had 4 shots in the Charlottetown Islanders' 4-2 loss to Blainville-Boisbriand. Blainville-Boisbriand leads the Conference Final series 3 games to 1; In the OHL, Vili Saarijarvi had a goal and an assist, finishing at +4 on 3 shots, and he was named the second star in the Mississauga Steelheads' 7-0 win over the Peterborough Petes. Mississauga swept the Petes and will advance to the OHL Final, and you can watch highlights of the game here; And Jordan Sambrook scored the game's first goal, finishing at +1 on 3 shots, in the Erie Otters' 4-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack. The Otters and Attack are tied 2-2 in the OHL's Conference Final. You can watch highlights of the game here.
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Video- Kevin Fiala Leg Injury

Apr 26 9:40pm Kuklas Korner
Taken off the ice on a stretcher.  ...
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Rangers and Senators Captains Lead by Different Examples

Apr 26 8:33pm NYT > Hockey
In a contrast in defensemen, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson is an offensive force known for his passing, while Ryan McDonagh has a more physical style.
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Open Post- The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs Starts Tonight

Apr 26 7:40pm Kuklas Korner
The comment section is yours, use it if you chose. My picks to win tonight are Nashville and Anaheim. Nashville @ St. Louis, Game 1, 8 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS Edmonton @ Anaheim, Game 1, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN, TVAS  ...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Wants to Dominate and Win

Apr 26 6:48pm Pens Labyrinth
With the Pittsburgh Penguins advancing to the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one player who has stood high above anyone else is Evgeni Malkin. Evgeni Malkin was truly a fundamental factor in the Pittsburgh Penguins five game series win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. With three rounds still to go, and with […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin Wants to Dominate and Win - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Three Takeaways from the First Round

Apr 26 6:04pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was an intense, well-played series on both ends of the ice, but in the end the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to move on to the second round. With the Penguins heading into round […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Three Takeaways from the First Round - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: The Rematch

Apr 26 1:05pm Stars and Sticks
A year later, the Washington Capitals will once again square off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in what promises to be a rematch for the ages. It almost feels like yesterday that the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins began their series in the second round of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The surging President’s Trophy winners […] Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: The Rematch - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Name Bruce Cassidy Head Coach

Apr 26 11:46am Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins removed the interim tag and named Bruce Cassidy as head coach. The Boston Bruins made the announcement Wednesday morning, three days after a disappointing first-round playoff exit. Bruce Cassidy was named interim head coach on Feb. 9, two days after the firing of long-time head coach Claude Julien. At the time, the […] Boston Bruins Name Bruce Cassidy Head Coach - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: Second Round Predictions

Apr 26 10:00am Stars and Sticks
The Stars and Sticks staff predicts each of the second round series of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins on Wednesday with both of the Western Conference series getting underway. There have already been three massive upsets in the postseason and there could be more ahead. […] Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017: Second Round Predictions - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals News: Previewing Penguins

Apr 26 6:28am Stars and Sticks
Check out the latest Washington Capitals news as the Caps prepare for their second round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  On Tuesday, the Washington Capitals had their first day of practice since ending their first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It wasn’t a slow news day though, as various things happened during the […] Washington Capitals News: Previewing Penguins - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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N.H.L. Playoffs: What to Watch in the Second Round

Apr 26 5:00am NYT > Hockey
The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had the two best records in the league, will square off in the main event.
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Dubuque's Rueschhoff Battled for WMU Commitment

Apr 26 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
To say Austin Rueschhoff had to work for every inch in his development path would be an understatement. Two years ago, the Wentzville, Mo., native played for five different junior teams in the same season. After spending 2015-16 with the Austin Bruins in the NAHL, he caught on with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints this year. “On some of those teams, playing college hockey wasn’t a possibility ...
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Anthony Mantha, 2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Sleeper

Apr 26 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
I've been driving the Anthony Mantha hype train for quite some time. Mantha, a two-time 50 goal scorer for Val-d'Or in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, led his team to the President's Cup totaling 24+14 in 24 playoff games. In 2013-14, Mantha scored 81 goals and 77 assists in 81 games. Does that have your attention? How about 127 penalty minutes as well? Sure, those are facts Viz, but why the hell should I care about what Mantha did three years ago in juniors? Why hasn't he established himself as an elite scorer in the NHL yet? Why is he a sleeper for fantasy hockey next season? Well, voice inside my head, I'm about to answer those questions for you.
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury Has to Come Up Big In Round 2

Apr 25 8:13pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing to face the Washington Capitals in round two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. As we get closer to Thursday’s game one, there’s one aspect of the match-up that seems to stick out. This aspect is the goaltending battle that we will be seeing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury Has to Come Up Big In Round 2 - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron Played Entire 2016-17 Season Injured

Apr 25 5:41pm Causeway Crowd
Patrice Bergeron Put the Boston Bruins on His Back This Season Despite Being Injured From the Very Beginning If it wasn’t already clear, Boston Bruins’ forward Patrice Bergeron is as tough as they come. After finishing the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals with a punctured lung and broken ribs, many realized how much pain the veteran […] Boston Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron Played Entire 2016-17 Season Injured - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Minnesota Wild: Season Review Mikael Granlund

Apr 25 5:39pm Gone Puck Wild
Part 1 in a review of every player on the current Minnesota Wild roster and their outlook for next season. Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund played outstanding this year. He really took the next step in his development and seemed to finally blossom playing on the wing. The line combination of him, Koivu, and Zucker […] Minnesota Wild: Season Review Mikael Granlund - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Round One Honor Roll

Apr 25 2:00pm Hockey Blog In Canada
while I am forced to use the non-Canadian spelling of the word honour , there is certainly none taken away from the names that appear below as we examine who did well in each round of the HBIC Playoff Pool. Honestly, this part is the most fun for me because I like to see people do well and get a little recognition for their efforts. Not everyone can finish in first-place, but it's the little things like being recognized for an outstanding prediction on a series that makes the HBIC Playoff Pool fun for all. In saying that, let's take a look at who excelled in each series in the opening round.CHICAGO-NASHVILLE: Let's be honest: no one called a sweep for the Predators and only slightly more had the Predators winning the series. Two people, however, managed to secure four points in this surprising series for top marks among all the competitors. Michael J. picked the Predators to win Games Two and Four, and added the Ryan Ellis game-winner in Game Two for his four-point effort. Peter S. also picked up four points in calling Nashville wins in Games One and Four, and he correctly picked Viktor Arvidsson's game-winner in Game One for four points. There were a lot of one- and two-point series here, but these two men topped them all. Congratulations, Michael and Peter!MINNESOTA-ST. LOUIS: This was another series that not a lot of people saw ending early, and certainly fewer had St. Louis jumping out to a 3-0 series lead. However, like he did in the series above, Peter S. took first-place in this series by reading his crystal ball correctly. He called St. Louis wins in Games One, Three, and Five for three points, and had St. Louis taking the series in five games for another five points. Put it all together, and Peter picked up eight more points in his contest-leading opening round score! Congratulations, Peter!ANAHEIM-CALGARY: Sweeps are an all-or-nothing adventure in this pool as those that pick them either pay off big or see their chances of earning points in a long series die quickly. There was exactly one person who called an Anaheim sweep over the Flames, and that person was Jay W. Four points for four games called correctly, and five more points for predicting the Ducks in a sweep sees Jay grab nine points on this series. Well done on calling the sweep here, Jay!EDMONTON-SAN JOSE: There were lots of good predictions made in this series as a number of entrants ha...
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Podcast: Second Round Preview

Apr 25 11:38am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
And then there were eight. After Reid and I talk about the absurdity of Joe Thornton playing on a torn ACL, we break down all four of the playoff matchups. Can Ottawa do enough when Erik Karlsson is off the ice? Can Edmonton do enough when Connor McDavid is off the ice? Will the goalies in the Blues-Predators series play as well as the first round? How will Crosby vs. Ovechkin round 3 go? All of these talking points and more are discussed before we make Three Point Challenge picks for Wednesday's games. Be sure to make your pick in the comments section below. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Seatgeek and Draft!...
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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Series Roundtable

Apr 25 10:09am Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins begin their second round series. Join Stars and Sticks staff and some special guests as we preview the series. The Washington Capitals march to the Stanley Cup will require them to exorcise some demons. After beating a similar version of themselves, they now square off against their biggest playoff foe, the […] Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Series Roundtable - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals Morning Links: On To Pittsburgh, Wrapping Up Leafs

Apr 25 7:41am Stars and Sticks
Good morning Washington Capitals fans! Today’s array of links include pieces about the Maple Leafs series, getting ready for Pittsburgh and more! The Washington Capitals are getting ready for their second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is the third time Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will square off in the postseason. The latter […] Washington Capitals Morning Links: On To Pittsburgh, Wrapping Up Leafs - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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BU Recruit Bowers Key Part of USHL Playoff Run

Apr 25 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Very few, if any, forwards in the USHL strike fear in opposing defensemen as does Boston University recruit Shane Bowers. The second-year center for the Waterloo Black Hawks scored 22 goals and added 29 assists in 60 regular season games before tallying two goals and a helper in a three-game sweep of the Fargo Force in the Western Conference Semifinals. “He combines his size and skill level. He ...
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Q&A With ... Danton Cole

Apr 25 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Last week, Danton Cole was named the new coach at Michigan State, his alma mater. CHN: When were you first contacted by Michigan State, what was the process like and when did you find out you were hired? Cole: I called [Michigan State Athletic Director] Mark Hollis and left a message and just told him that, obviously as a coach, nobody likes to see other coaches not coming back — but the situation ...
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New Jersey Devils Need To Avoid Michael Del Zotto In Free Agency

Apr 25 1:33am Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils desperately need a top-line defenseman coming out of the offseason. There are players who could cash in on that desperation, and end up hurting the Devils long term. Michael Del Zotto is one of those players. The number one goal for the New Jersey Devils this offseason is getting a reliable […] New Jersey Devils Need To Avoid Michael Del Zotto In Free Agency - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Minnesota Wild: Greatest Seasons #16

Apr 24 7:37pm Gone Puck Wild
Looking at the greatest seasons in the 16 year history of the Minnesota Wild. Over the course of their existence, the Minnesota Wild have provided great entertainment as well as frustration to their fans. Here I attempt to rank in order the best seasons in the history of the team. Since every list has to […] Minnesota Wild: Greatest Seasons #16 - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Bring on the Washington Capitals

Apr 24 7:36pm Pens Labyrinth
With a 2-1 win in overtime last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals move on to round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will face the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up their first round matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets rather quickly, allowing the series to only reach five […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Bring on the Washington Capitals - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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2017 Stanley Cup Betting Odds: Washington Capitals are favorites

Apr 24 2:23pm Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals have the best odds of winning the Stanley Cup going into the second round. Entering the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Washington Capitals had some of the best odds to win the championship. However, with the elimination of the Chicago Blackhawks, a new team has emerged as the betting odds favorites to […] 2017 Stanley Cup Betting Odds: Washington Capitals are favorites - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Report: Ilya Kovalchuk Eyeing Return To NHL

Apr 24 12:32pm Pucks and Pitchforks
Former New Jersey Devils’ star Ilya Kovalchuk is rumored to return to the NHL this offseason. The big question: should the team even consider his return? Another offseason, another reminder that Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the New Jersey Devils. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet started the conversation, saying that the 34-year-old sniper wants to return to the […] Report: Ilya Kovalchuk Eyeing Return To NHL - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Miles Wood Needs To Work On Possession To Help New Jersey Devils

Apr 24 11:54am Pucks and Pitchforks
Miles Wood was a big surprise for the New Jersey Devils. He scored some big goals and had good stats from the third line. The issue is the advanced stats. There aren’t many New Jersey Devils’ fans who came into the season thinking Miles Wood could become what he did. After scoring in his first […] Miles Wood Needs To Work On Possession To Help New Jersey Devils - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Time For You To Make Your Picks For Round Two Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Apr 24 10:40am Kuklas Korner
Most of you know the drill, pick the winner of each second round series and add anything you wish to your comment. The matchups are below and this post will remain sticky until Wednesday at 6pm ET. If you want to review your first round picks (I went 4-4), do so here.
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The Leaderboard

Apr 24 10:30am Hockey Blog In Canada
While the Pac-Man high score screen was always a delight to add my name to, the reality is that the HBIC Playoff Pool leaderboard requires much more skill than just sending a pixelated yellow character around a screen eating pixelated while balls. There's real science and decisions to be made here, and the leaderboard will show you who has made wise choices when it comes to their prognostications thus far. As you scroll down the list to find your name, there may be some disappointment or sadness, but you still have seven series left in which to improve your standing! Let's see who charged out of the gates in this contest, who had solid first rounds, and who certainly needs to do a little studying of the season series for each series in the next round!You'll want to refer back to this page for the point totals as we move through the playoffs. This is where all future points updates will happen. I have listed the names below in alphabetical order as per your submitted first name, so scroll through and find your name and point total.Because of the scheduling for second round, if you want to gamble some points in the Risk It! option at this time, send me an email indicating that. Again, you must call the series perfectly to get the gambled points doubled. If you're wrong, you won't lose points, but you also won't receive any points for that series. In other words, don't gamble on EVERY series unless you absolutely have to do so!Here are the current standings after Round One!HBIC PLAYOFF POOL LEADERBOARD Name Tie-Breaker Points Rank Andy S. Washington 27 n/a Casey H. NO TEAM! 30 n/a Chris C. Anaheim 20 n/a Cole V. Minnesota 34 3rd Dan F. Washington 21 n/a Dave F. Washington 24 n/a Jackson N. Edmonton 21 n/a Jared R. Chicago 27 n/a Jay W. Chicago 31 n/a John M. Pittsburgh 34 3rd Justin S. Washington 35 2nd Katie S. Anaheim 29 n/a LJ S. Pittsburgh 27 n/a Matt H. Washington 33 n/a Michael J. Washington 34 3rd Neal L. NO TEAM! 34 3rd Peter S. MONTREAL 41 1st Ted A. Pittsburgh 19 n/a Tony T. Chicago 24 n/a Tyler D. Edmonton 20 n/a Westin F. Washington 33 3rd Zeke P. Chicago 24 n/a As you can see, the highlighted names occupt first-place, second-place, and third-place as it stands after one round, but don't think those spots are stationary. Those are the people you're hunting down in this quest for some free gear. As you can see, some are close...
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2017 NHL Playoffs Bracket: Second Round Update

Apr 24 9:29am Causeway Crowd
Second Round Bracket Update for the 2017 NHL Playoffs After Exciting First Round Concluded Sunday The first-round of the 2017 NHL playoffs are officially over. There were some surprises, some records and some heartbreak. There weren’t, however, any game sevens. In a weird change of pace from most years, not a single series managed to […] 2017 NHL Playoffs Bracket: Second Round Update - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals Forward Justin Williams Gets Speeding Ticket (Photo)

Apr 24 9:07am Stars and Sticks
Justin Williams got a speeding ticket after returning home from Game 6.  The Washington Capitals are a popular team in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area. One would think they’d get recognized by the police. Apparently, a Virginia police officer doesn’t know who Justin Williams is because he got a speeding ticket. Come on, you […] Washington Capitals Forward Justin Williams Gets Speeding Ticket (Photo) - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Printable Bracket: Second Round Update

Apr 24 8:27am Stars and Sticks
With the second round officially set, here’s an updated look at the 2017 Stanley Cup bracket.  The first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs is officially over. There were a record setting number of overtime games, but sadly, there were no games 7. After some huge upsets, the second round bracket looks a bit […] 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Printable Bracket: Second Round Update - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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2017 Stanley Cup Printable Bracket: Second Round Update

Apr 24 8:27am Stars and Sticks
With the second round officially set, here’s an updated look at the 2017 Stanley Cup bracket.  The first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs is officially over. There were a record setting number of overtime games, but sadly, there were no games 7. After some huge upsets, the second round bracket looks a bit […] 2017 Stanley Cup Printable Bracket: Second Round Update - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Complete second round TV schedule

Apr 24 7:53am Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins square off once again in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. Here’s a complete television schedule.  If the Washington Capitals are going to win the Stanley Cup, it will be extremely difficult. First, they had to dispatch the deadly Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs are a […] Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Complete second round TV schedule - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Close But No Cigar For The Toronto Maple Leafs

Apr 24 7:40am Kuklas Korner
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com, It was more of a beginning than an ending for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Oh, Air Canada Centre hushed when Marcus Johansson scored 6:31 into overtime Sunday, giving the Washington Capitals a 2-1 win and eliminating the Maple Leafs in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round. But as the Maple Leafs consoled goaltender Frederik Andersen, the fans applauded. As the players looked up at the scoreboard screen for a replay of the winning goal, the fans chanted, Go Leafs Go! It gives you goose bumps, even after it ended right there, just how loud the building got for us, Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk said. They know how far we've come and the effort we've put forth. We're proud to play for this city and for those fans. I think there's a bright future for us. A year ago, the Maple Leafs missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons. They finished 30th in the NHL standings, dead last. And here they were as the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, facing a team that had won the Presidents' Trophy as the League's top regular-season team for the second straight season, a popular pick to win it all. It was a matchup that would have been No. 8 vs. No. 1 in the old seeding system, a mismatch on paper and in pixels, and it wasn't a mismatch at all. It was a classic. The Maple Leafs and Capitals played six one-goal games. Five went to overtime, tying the NHL record for a playoff series. The Capitals scored 18 goals, the Maple Leafs 16. The Maple Leafs took 213 shots, the Capitals 211. continued...
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2016-17 NHL Second Playoff Round Predictions

Apr 24 5:55am Not Your Average Hockey Blog.
I think in future I’ll stop making Stanley Cup winner predictions at the beginning of the first round because I am being made a fool of. The last two years, the team I have picked to win it all has been ingloriously eliminated easily in the first round by upstart, underdog, longshots. Last year it […]...
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D-I Hockey at Illinois Still Just a Dream

Apr 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
The 2017 Frozen Four in Chicago went off without a hitch. Sure, there wasn't the warm sun there was in Tampa in 2016, but Chicago was a fine host for college hockey's biggest stage, and the city responded with the largest attendance ever inside an NHL building. About two hours down Route 57 in Champaign, the University of Illinois has a successful club hockey program. The Illini finished the 2017 ...
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Lammers To Become Next Niagara Coach

Apr 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Niagara will announce Jason Lammers as the school’s new head hockey coach, as soon as later this week, according to multiple sources. Lammers has been the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL the past two seasons after serving as an assistant coach to Norm Bazin at Massachusetts-Lowell for four years. Lammers has guided Dubuque to playoff appearances in ...
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Many Usual Topics Heating Up at This Year's Convention

Apr 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
With the coaches and other college hockey administrators meeting for their annual convention in Naples, Fla., this week, a number of long-standing issues are on the table. And while there's nothing earth-shatteringly new on the agenda, the old topics may be heating up. Among the usual topics of recruiting, NCAA tournament format and overtimes, is the continuing fate of Arizona State. Arizona State ...
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Michigan Set to Name Pearson New Coach

Apr 24 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Current Michigan Tech head coach Mel Pearson will be named new coach at Michigan today, according to multiple reports. Pearson would replace Red Berenson, who stepped down two weeks ago after 33 seasons. Pearson was his assistant for 23 of those years before leaving in 2011 to become head coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech. In the six years since, the Huskies have made the NCAA tournament twice ...
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A bit about Ouellets tangibles and intangibles

Apr 24 3:40am Kuklas Korner
It's been two full weeks since the Red Wings closed Joe Louis Arena, and as much as I will gobble up Wings-related content as we embrace this little down time between the end of the regular season and the start of the World Championship (see also: the first round of the playoffs, the start of the Griffins' playoff run, etc.), the quotes from Locker Room Clean-Out Day are getting a little thin, so: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff both quantified some of Xavier Ouellet's pluses in a Locker Room Clean-Out Day article... While his numbers posted by the 6-1, 208-pound defender won’t wow you - Ouellet posted 3-9-12 numbers in 66 games - there is one stat that jumps at you off the page at you - he was plus-two playing on the blue line for a team that missed the playoffs and finished up 13th overall in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Ouellet’s Corsi of 49.18 was again far from overwhelming, but it was second-best among Detroit defensemen who played more than 40 games and finished the season with the Wings. His PDO was an above-average 1013 but his five-on-five zone starts of 48.33 were well down the team list. “I think my hockey sense and my compete level allowed me to play all these games this year,” Ouellet said. “I’ve obviously got to keep working on a lot of things on the ice but one thing I’m going to do for sure is compete every night.” And Duff issues some good news regarding Ouellet's off-season plans--the kind of plans that you hope Danny DeKeyser heeds after getting overpowered so very regularly in one-on-one battles:...
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Bo Horvat, 2017-18 Fantasy Sleeper

Apr 24 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
Yes, I know that the first round of the playoffs just ended and we're six months away from next season starting. We'll talk about the second round matchups on a podcast that will drop on Tuesday. I don't believe that people will get much out of me posting notes about the playoffs so what better time to drop my first sleeper post for next year? Bo Horvat, also known as Dr. Bo in these parts, has been talked about for months as a fantasy sleeper for next season by yours truly. What can we expect from Horvat next season and why is he a sleeper?...
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Minnesota Wild: Missed Opportunities in the NHL Playoffs

Apr 24 12:13am Gone Puck Wild
The Minnesota Wild lost their first round playoff series to the Blues in five games largely because of a lack of finish. The series will look like one in which St. Louis dominated en route to a five game series victory. However this very easily could have gone the Wild’s way. Goalie Jake Allen played himself […] Minnesota Wild: Missed Opportunities in the NHL Playoffs - Gone Puck Wild - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Sportsnets Schedule For Round Two Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Apr 23 11:40pm Kuklas Korner
TORONTO (April 23, 2017) As the NHL’s best teams continue their campaign for Lord Stanley’s Cup, Sportsnet unveils its 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs second round broadcast schedule. Giving fans a front row seat to all the action, coverage will be available on TV on Sportsnet and CBC, and via live stream on Sportsnet NOW and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.
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The Math Begins

Apr 23 11:30pm Hockey Blog In Canada
With the Marcus Johansson goal in Toronto tonight, that will end the opening round of the rather surprising NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. If one was a betting person, I'm not certain that anyone would have predicted the Nashville Predators sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks or the Anaheim Ducks sweeping the Calgary Flames, but the bigger surprise to me were the 18 overtime games we saw! If Gary Bettman wanted parity, those 18 games of extra time might be a prime example of that. In any case, the HBIC Playoff Pool leaderboard will go up tomorrow and we'll see who had themselves a solid first round of predictions!I'll have the next spreadsheet posted at the bottom of the leaderboard, and you may want to note the URL or make it a favorite to check the leaderboard after each round. With no hockey until Wednesday, you'll have lots of time to check and recheck your next round of entries, and I'll post the honorable mentions on Tuesday in giving some kudos to those who did well in each opening round series. Be prepared to see your names in lights... potentially!With everyone's brackets busted - thanks, Chicago! - from what I've read on Twitter, I'm quite certain everyone will adjust their picks to reflect a Washington-Anaheim Stanley Cup Final since they are the best teams left. If you learned anything from the opening round, though, it might not be such a wise plan to count out Nashville who seemed to enjoy handing the Blackhawks some early tee times. I'm not saying that St. Louis will be as much of a pushover, but Nashville has had a lot of preparation time for their next opponent.On the other side, the Ottawa-New York Rangers series will be interesting in that Mike Zibanejad and Derrick Brassard will face their old teams and try to make those respective GMs regret that trade. If New York happens to get past the Senators, there will be all-Metropolitan Division Eastern Conference Final which is appropriate considering how good that division was this season. I'm not saying one should count on this result, though, as the Senators somehow found their defibrillation machine and re-energized Bobby Ryan.Of course, Anaheim and Edmonton will throw haymakers at one another as these two heavyweights in the Pacific Division renew acquaintances. Anaheim is faster and slightly bigger than San Jose, but certainly less skilled on paper. Edmonton is faster and more skilled than Anaheim...
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Washington Capitals Triumph In Overtime Over Toronto Maple Leafs

Apr 23 10:59pm Stars and Sticks
The Washington Capitals come out victorious in overtime to win the series and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first period had a choppy start. Both teams looked determined not to give up any high-quality scoring opportunities. It seemed like the best offensive chance would come from Toronto when they got […] Washington Capitals Triumph In Overtime Over Toronto Maple Leafs - Stars and Sticks - Stars and Sticks - A Washington Capitals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Marcus Johnansson Scores In OT, Capitals Advance

Apr 23 10:39pm Kuklas Korner
It will be Washington against Pittsburgh in the second round  ...
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Erik Karlsson Has Been Dealing With Hairline Fractures To His Heel

Apr 23 8:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Joe McDonald of ESPN, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson told ESPN.com that he played the first-round series against the Boston Bruins with two hairline fractures in his left heel. Karlsson suffered the injury when he blocked a shot during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 28; he missed three of the last five games of the regular season. He aggravated the injury when he played back-to-back games against the Detroit Red Wings on April 3 and 4. He has been receiving injections in his heel. I've been playing on shots here, said Karlsson, who admitted he was having trouble moving to his left. It's frustrating because you've worked so hard all year, but it's better now and by Thursday it should be pretty much back to normal, he said. continued...
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Prospect news: Griffins take 2-0 lead on Milwaukee; Walleye face Game 7 situation after loss to KZoo

Apr 23 7:40pm Kuklas Korner
Of prospect-related note, to be fleshed out in a couple hours when more becomes available: In the AHL, The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2, but the score wasn't nearly as lopsided as you might think as Grand Rapids scored 2 empty-netters to pull away from a 3-2 3rd period affair. Grand Rapids can advance in its best-of-five series with the Admirals via a win on Wednesday evening; Sunday's game was quite the spectacle, with Eric Tangradi and Axel Holmstrom establishing a 2-1 Griffins lead that held for the majority of the game, with Tyler Bertuzzi adding a 3-1 marker in the 2nd period and Grand Rapids hanging on for a 3rd period in which they were out-shot 11-6 by the pesky Admirals. The Griffins held tough and eventually got a pair of empty-net goals, from Tyler Bertuzzi (now the Griffins' second-leading playoff goal scorer with 16) and Matthew Ford, and Jared Coreau's 21-save performance was excellent. The AHL has posted Twitter clips of 3 of the 5 goals...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: The Re-emergence of Olli Maatta

Apr 23 3:54pm Pens Labyrinth
The Pittsburgh Penguins series against the Columbus Blue Jackets saw its fair share of goals. The Penguins lead the NHL averaging 4.2 goals a game. The forwards have done a terrific job doing what they do best- scoring. Although defense hasn’t been the name of the game for this Pittsburgh Penguins team, Round 1 gave us […] Pittsburgh Penguins: The Re-emergence of Olli Maatta - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Open Post- Playoff Games Today

Apr 23 3:39pm Kuklas Korner
I was 1-2 yesterday so time to get back on the plus side. Both series end today. The comment section is yours as today's game play out. Ottawa @ Boston, OTT leads 3-2, 3 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBC Washington @ Toronto, WSH leads 3-2, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, CSN-DC...
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Boston Bruins Lines and Pairings Game 6 David Krejci Out

Apr 23 1:58pm Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Lines and Pairings Against Ottawa Senators Game 6 in Elimination Game at Home Without the Services of David Krejci As was the case in game five, the Boston Bruins are facing elimination in game six. The difference? Home ice. When the Bruins take to the ice Sunday against the Senators, they’ll be doing […] Boston Bruins Lines and Pairings Game 6 – David Krejci Out - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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A programming note: WXYZs 7 Sports Cave to host Justin Abdelkader

Apr 23 11:40am Kuklas Korner
Late notice here, sorry. From WXYZ: We're reviewing the final season at Joe Louis Arena and talking about the Lions and Tigers as Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader and the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett join Justin Rose on this week's episode of the Suburban Ford 7 Sports Cave. Watch the show live at 11 a.m. here We'll get Justin's thoughts on the Red Wings' final game at the Joe as well as what it's like missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
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