NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Saturday Edition): Rick Nash non-commital about future, Mats Sundin may not be ready for start of Round 2 and Hawks say Iginla seems more fired up

Western Conference San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8) Rest assured, if the Sharks lose Game 5 tonight, the team will look a lot different come next season.  When asked about the Sharks’ playoff struggles this season, coach Todd McLellan had a very interesting answer.  Wasn’t this Sharks team put together to avoid this […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 25, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Ovechkin reads Capitals message boards, Sharks lay an egg and who will return to Montreal next season?

Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) After being so injured last playoffs, the Bruins realize just how important rest is during the playoffs.  This Boston team just has a quiet confidence about them.  Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been nominated for the Norris Trophy. It appears the sale of the Montreal Canadiens this […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 24, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Canucks wouldn’t mind home-ice advantage in round two, Eric Nystrom reminds some his father and Marleau knows his role

Western Conference San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8) Patrick Marleau has to bring his “A” game into tonight’s criticial Game 4 contest, writes Mark Purdy.  No question that the additions of Dan Boyle and Rob Blake have improved the Sharks’ power play immensely.  Meanwhile, Torrey Mitchell had a hand in his return.  If […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 23, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Flames/Hawks trash talking continues, Ducks have to stop taking penalties and Canucks get short break

Western Conference San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8) Last night, the Sharks came out to play when they had to most, writes Mark Purdy.  Everything they set out to accomplish in Game 3, they did just that. Torrey Mitchell returned to the San Jose lineup last night for the first time all season. “It’s […]

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 22, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Flyers/Penguins, Wings/Jackets, Blues/Canucks, Devils/Canes, Ducks/Sharks

 Game Notes: IC Trivia:  Which are the only two teams to come back from a 3-0 series deficit? For the 1st time in the 38 year history of the Canucks they’ve swept a 7 game series. Paul Kariya is out for tonight’s game and Mats Sundin is a game time decision. Since moving to Raleigh, the Canes have […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,New Jersey Devils,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 21, 2009

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

On the Beat: Antoine Vermette promoted to top line, new lines in St. Louis and Tavares the third best prospect?

I’ve been away the past few days, but I’m back with the regular On the Beat and the Morning Papers tomorrow. For now, here’s what beat writers are saying this afternoon: Here is the lineup the Bruins expect to roll out for tonight’s game in Montreal.  Bitz, while not the player Lucic is, brings many […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Montreal Canadiens,New York Islanders,New York Rangers,On the Beat,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Washington Capitals on April 20, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Flyers/Penguins, Blues/Canucks, Devils/Canes, Ducks/Sharks

    FINAL T         FINAL T   Pittsburgh  3          Vancouver  3   Philadelphia  6          St. Louis  2 Game Preview       Game Preview Game Scoresheet       Game Scoresheet Team Game Threads:  PensBurgh Broad Street Hockey       Team Game […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,New Jersey Devils,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 19, 2009