1. Detroit (Central Division champions). Take away a ten-game stretch late in the season, and last year's Wings were one of the best teams in NHL regular season history. This year's squad is better.
2. San Jose (Pacific Division champions). It is no secret Patrick Marleau and Ron Wilson did not see eye to eye the past couple of years. A coaching change alone could mean an... Read More »
As he watched Marian Hossa's last second attempt to tie the game roll through the crease, Dan Cleary stood at the top of the crease with a stunned look.
The puck rolled across the crease -- it appeared to be a split second late anyway -- and Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood raised his hands to the hockey gods. The Detroit Red Wings had won their fourth Stanley Cup in just 12 years.
Cleary did... Read More »
This is why we are hockey fans.
Monday night was a game for the ages, and if you do not believe that, consider the names of Bobby Baun and Babe Ruth were invoked sometime around the second or third overtime.
Pittsburgh defenseman Sergei Gonchar left the game early with an upper-body injury -- and this time, it really looked like the entire upper body -- after crashing hard into the end board... Read More »
Just as the Detroit Red Wings seem to be continually overlooked as a Stanley Cup contender, Henrik Zetterberg has been continually overlooked as one of the NHL's best players.
There is no question the logjam at the top of the league, especially when it comes to young players, is tighter than at any point in the NHL's history. There is the obvious duo -- Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby -- who ar... Read More »
Steve Willamson is my newest hockey hero.
The Orlando-based Tampa Bay Lightning fan completed every hockey fan's dream last winter, visiting all 30 NHL arenas in 30 nights.
Including Mellon Arena in Pittsbugh.
Why is that significant, you ask? It appears Williamson is not welcome in Mellon Arena. Neither are residents of New England, the South, the West, or much of the Midwest. Visiting f... Read More »
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Favorite TeamsHockey fan first, fan of any team second, but I've always liked the Leafs
Most Hated TeamsPretty empty category -- I have respect for all teams
Favorite PlayersWendel Clark, Wayne Gretzky, Jarome Iginla, Brendan Shananan, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Darcy Tucker, Mats Sundin, Jonathan Toews, and too many others to mention
Most Hated PlayersSteve Downie is quickly becoming so -- he doesn't seem to respect opponents or teammates as he should. Hopefully he will learn -- he is still young.
Best Hockey MemoriesWay too many to remember. Any playoff game at any level would qualify
My Hockey TeamsDoes fantasy hockey count? Recess as a kid? As a player, I make a good analyst (hopefully)
As a hockey player, I compare to...Hardy Astrom, only a lot worse.
Favorite HockeyBuzz BloggersEveryone -- great website!
Favorite Websiteswww.hockeybuzz.com, www.nhl.com, www.chl.ca, www.theahl.com, www.echl.com, www.tsn.ca, www.sportsnet.ca, www.cbc.ca, and several others that escape me right now