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2013 NHL Season Preview: Part II: Eastern Conference Outlook

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Blackhawks Fix: Randomness for a Hockeyless October

Blackhawks Fix: Randomness for a Hockeyless October

Fine. So the season isn’t starting on time, I’ve accepted that, BUT that will not stop me from finishing my game-by-game breakdown of the Blackhawks season. I mean, I’ve come this far and quitters never prosper. Apparently the stubborn and rich do though (cough… all NHL owners… cough). It truly is a shame that we’ve [...]

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. [...]

The Schedule Must Go On! The Blackhawks Games #21 - #40

The Schedule Must Go On! The Blackhawks Games #21 – #40

Ok. No excuses now. The Hawks should be back in game shape by now and operating like the hockey robots we claim they are – right? Hopefully Dan Carcillo hasn’t ended anyone’s career, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook haven’t been overused by Coach Q and Corey Crawford has regained his groove as the #1 in [...]

Flashes Of Lightning - Catching Up With The Bolts

Flashes Of Lightning – Catching Up With The Bolts

While the NHL’s billionaires and millionaires continue their off ice CBA jousting and the Republicans take over the Tampa Bay Times Forum, there are some morsels of Tampa Bay Lightning news being bantered about. Here are a few to whet your hockey starved palate. The curious case of Paul Ranger Smooth skating defenseman Paul Ranger [...]

While I Was Sleeping

While I Was Sleeping

Well, well, well… Look what the cat dragged in… It has been more than a minute since I last made an appearance in the old blogosphere but, despite my many efforts to convince myself that I was done forever, I am back. So where the hell have I been? Before we get to that, some [...]

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 [...]

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 26-30; The First Round Concludes

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 26-30; The First Round Concludes

The Hockey Independent crew has come together again; this time to piece together a 2012 NHL Mock Draft for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings), Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) and myself, Benjamin Woodward (Boston [...]

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 21-25; Finding A Diamond In The Rough

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 21-25; Finding A Diamond In The Rough

The Hockey Independent crew has come together again; this time to piece together a 2012 NHL Mock Draft for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings), Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) and myself, Benjamin Woodward (Boston [...]

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 11-15: Here Come The Europeans

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 11-15: Here Come The Europeans

The Hockey Independent crew has come together again; this time to piece together a 2012 NHL Mock Draft for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings), Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) and myself, Benjamin Woodward (Boston [...]

Howard Making a Case for 2014 Sochi Olympics

Howard Making a Case for 2014 Sochi Olympics

Jimmy Howard and the rest of his Detroit Red Wings’ teammates were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, but that hasn’t stopped Howard from continuing his season by representing his country. Howard is currently the number one man between the pipes as a member of Team USA in the 2012 IIHF World [...]

Pivotal Summer For Yzerman Regime Begins

Pivotal Summer For Yzerman Regime Begins

With the 2011-12 Tampa Bay Lightning season complete, it’s time to focus on the upcoming campaign as the Bolts brass begins to build the team and solidify the roster as we race towards the official start of the NHL’s Free Agency period on July 1. Tampa Bay will certainly look to improve the goaltending and [...]

Bruins Come From Behind To Beat Sabres 4-3 In Season-Ending Shootout

Bruins Come From Behind To Beat Sabres 4-3 In Season-Ending Shootout

BOSTON– On Saturday afternoon in Boston, the Bruins and Sabres played in a hockey game with less meaning than Spring Training baseball action in the sunny state of Florida. With the B’s already locked into the Eastern Conference’s number two seed, and the Sabres left to plan spring tee times, it was an exhibition contest [...]

GameDay: B's Close Out Regular Season With A Visit From The Sabres

GameDay: B’s Close Out Regular Season With A Visit From The Sabres

Teams: Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins Records: Buffalo 39-32-10 (88 Points) , Boston 48-29-4 (100 Points) Location: TD Garden , Boston, Massachusetts Time: 4:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game: Sabres 1 , Philadelphia Flyers 2 ……. Bruins 3 , Ottawa Senators 1 Tonight’s [...]

Analyzing The Bruins' Possible First Round Opponents

Analyzing The Bruins’ Possible First Round Opponents

With the regular season drawing to a close faster than a Zdeno Chara 108.8 MPH slapshot, now is as good a time as any to take a look at the possibilities for the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL post-season. Under the assumption that the Black and Gold will indeed clinch the [...]

B's Stage Late Comeback, But Fall To Caps 3-2 In The Shootout

B’s Stage Late Comeback, But Fall To Caps 3-2 In The Shootout

BOSTON– On Thursday evening, the Boston Bruins were out to continue their most recent three-game winning streak, when they hosted the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Unfortunately for Boston, they were unable to secure a playoff berth – which they would have done, had they won – as they fell 3-2 in a shootout. Things [...]

GameDay: B's And Caps Set For Crucial Eastern Conference Showdown

GameDay: B’s And Caps Set For Crucial Eastern Conference Showdown

Teams: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Records: Washington 38-31-8 (84 Points) , Boston 45-28-3 (93 Points) Location: TD Garden , Boston, Massachusetts Time: 7:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game: Buffalo Sabres 5 , Capitals 1  ……. Tampa Bay Lightning 2 , Bruins 4 [...]

Tampa Bay Lightning Week in Review

Tampa Bay Lightning Week in Review

The Tampa Bay Lightning is 32-32- 7 with 71 points through 71 games. After 71 games last season, the Bolts were 39-22-10 with 88 points. The Bolts are in fifth (last) place in the Southeast Division and trail the division leading Florida Panthers by twelve points. Tampa Bay is in 13th place in the 15 team Eastern Conference, seven [...]

As Losses Mount, Don't Be Surprised When The Bruins Lose The Northeast Division

As Losses Mount, Don’t Be Surprised When The Bruins Lose The Northeast Division

– On Saturday morning, the Boston Bruins could very well wakeup to find themselves looking up at the Ottawa Senators in the race for the Northeast Division title. The Sens will host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night in the back-end of a home-and-home series with the chance to leap-frog Boston in the standings. The [...]