Two For Roughing: Will Ovechkin ever return to elite status?

Tim Kolupanowich: There was a lot of talk in Washington heading into this season that this would be the year Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals returned to their high-octane, firewagon brand of hockey. Instead, they are currently in 12th in the Eastern Conference, though they are climbing, and Ovechkin in playing well with 20 points in 25 […]

Does Parise and Suter mean playoffs for the State of Hockey?

Tim Kolupanowich: Whatever happens the rest of the summer, I believe it’s safe to say the Minnesota Wild are the big winners in the free agency pool this year. They landed both stud free agents, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, giving the team a completely different feel. They now have dependable superstars to build […]

With Lidstrom retired, who takes over as the NHL’s most respected player?

By: Tim Kolupanowich/Jeff Blay, Executive Editors Detroit Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom’s exit from the NHL leaves a big void to be filled. Well, several voids actually, including best defenseman, best all-around player and most poised with the puck, but what we are trying to figure out is which player would take over the unofficial […]

Stanley Cup Preview: How the Kings and Devils match up

The Stanley Cup final begins Wednesday night in New Jersey as the sixth seeded Devils take on the eighth seeded Los Angeles Kings for supreme NHL glory. Both teams are very similar, so it would be very surprising if the series went any fewer than six games. In this edition of Two For Roughing, we’ll […]

Why stay-at-home defensemen need more respect

Tim Kolupanowich: Whenever you hear talk about the Norris Trophy, or any discussion about the top defensemen in the NHL really, it’s not often you hear about the stay-at-home d-men. It is odd though, because they are some of the best defensemen in the NHL, yet players such as Erik Karlsson and Mike Green have received […]

When is the player being hit responsible for his injuries?

Jeff Blay: Things got a little heated between the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Final. It was a very physical game throughout, although two specific plays stood out and have sparked debate among hockey enthusiasts. The first was Yotes captain Shane Doan’s hit on Kings forward […]

Is 2012 the Year of the Underdog in the NHL?

Jeff Blay: The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs have certainly been a roller coaster for the fans, athletes, team organizations and the NHL itself. While there have been a fair share of intriguing story lines throughout the postseason, one of the more positive ones has been the success of the teams least expected to thrive. Whether […]

Are the Capitals finally a playoff team?

Tim Kolupanowich: The Washington Capitals have averaged 108 points in the four seasons prior to this one, but that regular season success has translated into just two playoff series wins. But this year appears different. They limped throughout the season, coach Bruce Boudreau was fired and they were in danger of missing the playoffs altogether […]

How do you stop the dirty play in the NHL?

Jeff Blay: It’s no secret the 2012 NHL Playoffs have begun with a nasty tone and have been quite controversial. Between the massive amounts of scrums, fights and penalty minutes that have been handed out through the first round, in addition to several suspensions and injuries, as San Jose Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan put it, […]

What to make of Sidney Crosby

Tim Kolupanowich: Not even 25 years old, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the best talent the game has seen and yet he has been more maligned than any player in recent memory. He has worked diligently to improve his game and has already won almost every award possible and yet NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury called […]

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