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.
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.
In this week’s episode, we reflect on the week that was for the Flames, including a return of their offense, a couple of dominant games from the Flames stars, and a setback in Winnipeg.
Next, we take a quick tour around the league and discuss the latest in Tampa Bay after they impressively clinched the President’s trophy with plenty of games left. We also discuss the Oilers and whether Leafs fans should be concerned over porous defensive play.
Then we talk about reffing around the NHL this season and if performances have slipped.
Finally in Overtime, we talk about Joel Quenville and where he might land in his coaching return. Enjoy!
Welcome back listeners! We are posting a bit later this week as we wanted to wait to see what happened on the trade deadline and potentially get a look at any new additions. The Flames made a minor trade for Oscar Fantenberg from the LA Kings, which we will discuss.
First period: A quick review of a 4-0-0 week by the Flames including two impressive wins over the Islanders and a couple of shakier wins over the Senators (farm team) and the Anaheim Ducks. After that we dive into the Flames basically standing pat and only making one minor move at the deadline. We have plenty of thoughts on it.
Second Period: An around the league report where we talk about the bigger deals that went down and our initial impressions on how those individual deals look. This includes the Stone trade to Vegas, Simmonds and Granlund to Nashville, Nyquist to the Sharks… and that’s just the Pacific division!
Third Period: Our co-hosts pick their winners and losers of the trade deadline including: the Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and Montreal Canadiens. Do you agree or disagree with any of our picks?
No overtime this week as this is already our longest episode. There was a ton to talk about and we hope you enjoy this one!
Welcome back listeners! Sorry for the delay on this week’s podcast.
First Period: We recap the Flames somewhat disappointing road swing from Tampa Bay to Miami to Pittsburgh as well as a solid home effort vs the Coyotes. We then discuss the Flames surging fourth line and the recent play of embattled goaltender Mike Smith.
Second Period: Back to trade deadline discussion. First we discuss the Oilers trading for Stolarz and bringing back Sam Gagner. Next we talk about some potential landing spots for the Ottawa 3 (Stone, Duchene, and Dzingel).
Third Period: We talk about the Wildcard races in the East and West, the incredible St. Louis Blues recent run, and the Carolina Hurricanes (those jerks).
OT: Lastly, we try something new with overtime this week and pick our powerplay dream line up. Give it a listen and let us know if you agree/disagree or what your picks would be.