Hey listeners! The season has come to a close and an NHL Stanley Cup Champion has been determined. Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues who played one of the most unpredictable and remarkable seasons in ages. Last place in January to first place in June!
We recorded this episode hot on the heels of game 7, so we obviously had a lot to say about the Stanley Cup Final. We break down the series, the game, and talk about the Conn Smythe Trophy.
In our next segment, we revisit the NHL awards nominees and give our final picks for the winners. This was a really fun episode to record and we hope you enjoy it.
This week we really focus in on the Stanley Cup Final and discuss how the series is going. Currently at 2-2, it is still anyone’s series. The health of the Boston Bruins is becoming an issue, particularly with Zdeno Chara going down with what has been reported in some places as a broken jaw.
We talk about the top performers on the Blues such as Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Finally, we move on to some news and notes around the league including the impending UFA decision by Erik Karlsson and the Oilers hiring a new coach who seems a lot like the last coach.
Hey Listeners! This week we break down the World Men’s Hockey Championship. Finland beat Canada 3-1 in a frustrating gold medal final, while Russia won what I think was probably a disappointing bronze given the quality of the roster they brought to the tournament.
We talk about the performance of Flames players and complain about the Oilers as is our way.
We also talk about game 1 of the SCF, which the Bruins were able to win to gain a 1-0 series lead. Boston started slow after their long break, but once they got in gear they were easily the better team. The battle is already raging with a ton of physical play and after the whistle scrums.
Hello Listeners! We are back with another playoff episode. We take some time to review the Bruins-Hurricanes sweep, talk a little bit about Tuukka Rask, and the Bruins top line. We also reflect on the Hurricanes season and their outlook going forward.
Next we talk about the Sharks-Blues series. There was the outrageous hand pass leading to an OT goal, but that seemed to turn things around for the Blues who took over the series after that point.
Finally, we talk about the Stanley Cup Final matchup and make our predictions for who is going to win it all.
Hello listeners! This week we review two game 7’s that determined the current Eastern and Western conference finals. A double-OT thriller in St. Louis and more controversial reffing in a playoffs that does not need any more of it.
Next we talk about the St. Louis Blues vs the San Jose Sharks and make our predictions in a series that looks like it could go either way. The Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes series is shaping up to be a one-sided affair but you know the saying that “you’re not in trouble until you lose at home”, which is great news for the Hurricanes who likely have the loudest fans in the league.
Finally we talk about the coaching rumor in Buffalo involving Ralph Kreuger who has the strangest coaching resume around and a fun sideshow in the World Championships where all eyes seem to be on Jack Hughes and Kappo Kakko.
We had fun with this one and we hope you enjoy it!
Welcome back listeners! Another week of playoff hockey has taken place and there is a lot to talk about. In this episode, we discuss all of the series in round two, some free agents who have now completed their contracts, and we give our thoughts on the Eastern Conference Final which we now know will feature the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes.
We also tackle the coaching hires in Philadelphia -three head coaches on one bench?- along with some executive movement involving the Detroit Red Wings and the Edmonton Oilers.
As usual, the first period consists of a review of the Flames week. Down 2-1 in the series to a very strong looking Avalanche team, we discuss what has gone and what has gone right so far for the Flames. We have some praise for Mike Smith, some criticism of the first line, and some strong feelings on the performances of Brodie and Neal so far.
In the second period we discuss the four series in the Eastern conference. Tampa’s in trouble (thanks in part to Matt Duchene who host Jim has always praised and knew he would be great in the playoffs), the Islanders are rolling, the Hurricanes make a stand on home turf for the first time in a decade, and the Leafs and Bruins series has been the battle we were all hoping for.
We return to the Western conference in the third period. Winnipeg has come back to life against the Blues and at least one of our hosts think they will take it. The Knights and Sharks are having a great series which we hope will go to seven games (for a few reasons). Lastly, the Predators and Stars are in a closer battle than we were expecting.
In overtime, we discuss the hiring of Alain Vignault in Philly, a mysterious injury to Lucic, McDavid’s recovery, and finally some respect is given to a player who has risen above expectations in the playoffs so far.