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Bruins Strike Out on High Impact Trade Targets, Add Depth to Blueline

Bruins Strike Out on High Impact Trade Targets, Add Depth to Blueline

– Ever since Dennis Seidenberg went down with a torn ACL and MCL back on December 27, there has been rampant speculation as to how the Boston Bruins would replace their veteran stalwart of a No. 2 defenseman. Now, as a required precursor to this piece; the Bruins were never going to find the perfect [...]

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part I – The Eastern Conference

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part I – The Eastern Conference

The NHL ushered in major changes for the 2013-14 season. Realignment, new divisions and a new playoff format could have major repercussions on how the playoff picture shakes out when all is said and done. In this first of three parts, members of Hockey Independent’s writing staff – Cris Cohen, Seth Levin, Christopher Triantafilis and [...]

Bruins Cruise Past Maple Leafs for 4-1 Game 1 Victory

Bruins Cruise Past Maple Leafs for 4-1 Game 1 Victory

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins have flipped the proverbial switch. Well, for now, at least. In perhaps their strongest effort of the season, the B’s dismantled the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series at the TD Garden on Wednesday. In doing so, the Bruins were able to pick [...]

Canadiens Rally Past Bruins for 6-5 Shootout Win

Canadiens Rally Past Bruins for 6-5 Shootout Win

BOSTON, MA – Entering the third period on Wednesday evening at the TD Garden, it appeared as if the Bruins had the hated Canadiens right where they wanted them. After all, the team had just reeled off four consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead into the final frame, and things appeared to finally be clicking on all cylinders. [...]

Marc Staal is helped off the ice by trainer Jim Ramsey after taking a puck to the right eye.

A Scary Moment, A Serious Debate

Tuesday night had all of the makings of an important game for the New York Rangers. It was the opportunity to defeat a division rival directly above them in the standings, to jump into a playoff position and to keep the momentum rolling in one fell swoop. The Rangers accomplished all of those things by [...]

The Rangers salute the home crowd after their 4-1 win over the Lightning on February 28, 2013

Lost … Then Found? The Rangers Week That Was

Brad Richards has looked so lost on the ice, even a GPS wouldn’t help. Marian Gaborik is probably still removing splinters after being benched again last Saturday. The power play is so god-awful, the Rangers should be the ones getting the credit for killing their opponents’ penalties. It’s been a frustrating start to the 2013 [...]

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Schedule Announced

2013 Tampa Bay Lightning Schedule Announced

  The NHL lockout is officially over as both sides have ratified the new CBA and signed the Memorandum of Understanding. With that, the Bolts announced their 2013 abbreviated schedule. The Lightning’s 20th season will be a mad dash to the finish line. They will play 48 games in 99 days. Five of the initial [...]

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2013 NHL Season Preview: Part II: Eastern Conference Outlook

In part II of my 2013 NHL season preview, check out previews and predictions for the entire Eastern Conference. Part I –> Northeast Division Preview Part II –> Eastern Conference Preview Part III –> Hockey Independent Roundtable: Preseason Stanley Cup Predictions Part IV –> 2013 Boston Bruins Roster Predictions 1) New York Rangers – Even [...]

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2013 NHL Season Preview: Part I: Predicting the Northeast Division

Alas, after nearly four months of bickering over every last nickel and dime that could possible be salvaged, the NHL and the NHLPA have signed a new collective bargaining agreement, making way for a 48-game 2013 hockey season! After remaining optimistic throughout most of the process, I became a bit skeptical in the last week [...]

An Upside To A Delayed Start?

An Upside To A Delayed Start?

With the calendar flipped to September, this is normally an exciting time for hockey fans. Camps will soon be open, preseason games will be getting under way, and in a few weeks, the new season will commence. But as we all know, this is not a normal year. I received an email from the Rangers [...]

Hockey Indie’s Divisional Predictions – Eastern Conference

Hockey Indie’s Divisional Predictions – Eastern Conference

The clock continues to tick ever closer to September 15th, and the news coming out of last week’s CBA negotiations makes a lockout more and more inevitable. Despite the uncertainty, teams are continuing on as normal, notifying season ticket holders when to expect their deliveries; putting individual game tickets on sale; even painting the arena ice. [...]

As Free Agency Opens, Rangers Keep The Purse Strings Tight

As Free Agency Opens, Rangers Keep The Purse Strings Tight

  One year ago, the New York Rangers were making a major push to land the biggest free agent available in Brad Richards and write him a big check. This time around, they are not putting on a dog-and-pony act to entice Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the darlings of the class, to play on [...]

Rewind, Fast Forward: The Goalie Edition

Rewind, Fast Forward: The Goalie Edition

What a long, strange, surprising eight months it’s been. Almost a year ago when the NHL released the 2011-12 schedule, who could have ever expected that a team that would spend close to one month on the road to start the season and play in 5 different time zones because of renovations to their home [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part I: The Top Six

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part I: The Top Six

Vacation. Relaxation. Warm weather. Spending time with family. Unfortunately for the Boston Bruins, these wonderful conjectures that encompass the summer season have arrived in the Hub far earlier than many of us expected. Now a week and a half removed from Boston’s game seven loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals at TD Garden [...]

Bruins Hope First Round Exit Re-Ignites Championship Fire

Bruins Hope First Round Exit Re-Ignites Championship Fire

After the celebration of the 2011 “break up day” last June, the Boston Bruins were quickly snapped back to the harsh reality of what normally constitutes a locker clean out day for most NHL squads. During which, the B’s brought to light the injuries that hampered them throughout the postseason as well as their reflections [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: Conference Semi-Finals Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: Conference Semi-Finals Predictions

  — Welcome back to the Hockey Independent roundtable where five writers from the HI staff have come together once again to provide you all with our Conference Semi Finals predictions. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings), Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) and [...]

Familiar Rituals. Familiar Foes.

Familiar Rituals. Familiar Foes.

My brother’s 6-year-old Henrik Lundqvist hat,  that makes the Broadway Hat look like it’s fresh from the haberdashery, was in desperate need of being replaced. With his birthday this month, I took it as an opportunity to do just that. “I’m not changing it until the playoffs are over,” he told me when he called [...]

Let’s Give Credit Where It’s Due: Washington Deserved To Win The Series

Let’s Give Credit Where It’s Due: Washington Deserved To Win The Series

It was their 196th game in the past eighteen months. Their power-play was once again unproductive, scoring at only a 14% (3-for-23) clip. They’d lost three out of the four playoff games on home ice. The unproven opposing goaltender posted an otherworldly (for a rookie) 2.00 goals against average. Yet, through all that, the Boston [...]

Joel Ward The Hero As Caps Win Game Seven, Eliminate Defending Champion Bruins

Joel Ward The Hero As Caps Win Game Seven, Eliminate Defending Champion Bruins

BOSTON, Ma– They had been here before. They knew how to handle this situation. They had the experience. They had the talent. They had home-ice advantage. It simply wasn’t enough. For the first time in four seasons, the Boston Bruins were unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs, becoming the second straight [...]

GameDay: B’s And Caps Ready For Winner-Take-All Game 7 At The TD Garden

GameDay: B’s And Caps Ready For Winner-Take-All Game 7 At The TD Garden

Just a quick hit to get you all ready for Game 7 tonight at the TD Garden. If you’d like my full write up on tonight’s pivotal match-up, you can read my “Five Predictions For Game 7″ piece. Series: Tied 3-3 Location: TD Garden Time: 7:30 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NBC  Sports Network (Emrick, Olczyk, [...]