Episode 34 – Singing the Blues in Beantown

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.

Til next time.

Episode 33 – David vs Goliath

Welcome back listeners!

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.

Enjoy!

Episode 32 – The Stanley Cup Finals Begin as the World Hockey Champions Come to an End

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.

Enjoy the episode and thanks for listening!

Episode 31 – And then there were two…

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.

We hope you enjoy it and thank you for listening!

Episode 30 – A Tale of Two Series

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!

Episode 29 – As It Happens In Round Two

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.

Enjoy the show!

Episode 28 Part 2 The Playoffs March On

In part 2 of this week’s podcast we return to talking about the rest of the NHL. We review the many surprising outcomes of Round 1, including some pretty terrible predictions by our hosts.

Then we move on to Round 2, which has been great viewing so far. We make some predictions on where things will go from here (you may want to place your bets opposite to ours) and talk about the series’ so far.