NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Don’t expect Sundin tonight, first playoff game in Columbus and Moen not speaking with former teammates during series

Western Conference San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8) For a team that cannot score any goals on the ice, at least the Sharks are doing well when it comes to television ratings.  San Jose just has to continue sticking with the process and ramp up their intensity a little bit more, says GM […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 21, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Rangers/Capitals, Blue Jackets/Red Wings, Canadiens/Bruins, Flames/Blackhawks

Game Notes: Lundqvist with his 3rd career shutout.  Osgood picks up his 14th career shutout. Good news for the Wings, Hawks, Canucks, Bruins and Rangers as teams that take a 2-0 series lead end up winning 87% of the time.     FINAL T         FINAL T   NY Rangers 1     […]

Posted by David Minuk in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,Montreal Canadiens,New York Rangers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 18, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Saturday Edition): Hitchcock claims Wings cheat on face-offs, Flames need Iginla to step it up and Andy Murray unhappy with Canucks

Here are the morning papers for Saturday the 18th of April: Western Conference San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8) Interestingly, Joe Thornton and Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller are good friends.  The Sharks’ veterans are doing their best to keep the team’s young players from getting down on themselves.  Tim Kawakami says Joe Thornton […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 18, 2009

NHL Morning Papers (Friday Playoff Edition): Flames angry at no-call, Osgood proves critics wrong and Sharks lose home-ice

Here are the NHL Morning Papers for Friday the 17th of April: Western Conference San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8) The Sharks’ power play cost them on Thursday going 0-for-6.  Only nine of San Jose’s 35 shots were recorded within six feet of the crease.  The pressure is squarely on the Sharks’ shoulders […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Calgary Flames,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 17, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Bruins/Canadiens, Red Wings/Blue Jackets, Blackhawks/Flames, Sharks/Ducks

 Game Notes: Red Wings open the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Joe for a record 17th straight season. Chris Osgood is the last goalie in the NHL to wear the old school mask. The Canadiens were a No. 8 seed in the 2004 playoffs (under Claude Julien) when they knocked out the top-seeded Bruins from the playoffs in […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,General NHL,Montreal Canadiens,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,San Jose Sharks,Teams,Western Conference on April 16, 2009

Illegal Curve 2009 1st Round Playoff Predictions

This handy little chart (below) , beautifully (cough cough) formatted by yours truly, lists all of the Illegal Curve contributors predictions for the upcoming playoff run. A few interesting things to note about the predictions: 1) The New York Rangers might as well not bother to show up. Eight predictors, eight Washington victories predicted. 2) […]

Posted by Drew Mindell in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Features,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Season Previews,St.Louis Blues,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals on April 14, 2009

NHL Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): NHL Draft Lottery tonight on TSN, EA Sports says Bruins will capture the Stanley Cup, Cam Ward has waited three years to return to this stage, The Chris Osgood factor, Rene Bourque skated with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen on the top line

Here are the morning papers for Tuesday the 14th of April: Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8) According to an EA Sports simulation, the Bruins will beat Chicago in six games to capture the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens have been more than just a playoff nemesis to the Bruins, they have flat-out […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,General NHL,Minnesota Wild,Montreal Canadiens,Nashville Predators,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Ottawa Senators,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 14, 2009

Detroit Red Wings – Columbus Blue Jackets Playoff Preview

The Numbers:   Overall Home Away Detroit Red Wings 51-21-10 27-9-5 24-12-5 Columbus Blue Jackets 41-31-10 25-13-3 16-18-7   Goals/GM GA/GM PP Pct. PK Pct Detroit Red Wings 3.52 (1) 2.93 (20) 25.5%(1) 78.3% (25) Columbus Blue Jackets 2.68 (21) 2.72 (9) 12.7%(30) 82.1%(13) Goaltending: The expression “can’t get any respect” comes to mind when […]

Posted by David Minuk in Central Division,Columbus Blue Jackets,Columns,Detroit Red Wings,General NHL,Illegal Curve News,News You Can Use,Season Previews,Teams,Western Conference on April 13, 2009