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2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions in :60

2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions in :60

      Now, now. Before you blast me for being a homer, an uneducated hockey fan or Pens-hater, keep in mind a few things. These are my rapid fire picks. I took a whole :60 (if that) to select the way the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs would Plinko their way to the top (or [...]

Bruins Continue to Roll, Defeat Wild 4-1 for Ninth Straight Victory

Bruins Continue to Roll, Defeat Wild 4-1 for Ninth Straight Victory

BOSTON, MA– For the first time since late in the 2011-12 season, the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild were on the ice against one another on Monday evening at TD Garden. This match-up would feature the first look Boston would get at Minnesota since the team acquired franchise cornerstone players Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in [...]

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part II – The Western Conference

Hockey Independent Roundtable: 2013-14 Season Predictions Part II – The Western Conference

  Members of Hockey Independent’s writing staff - Cris Cohen, Seth Levin, Christopher Triantafilis and Benjamin Woodward - continue giving their  take on the race for the playoffs. In part II, they predict which teams will finish at the top of the new Westerm Conference and which will wind up with the two wild cards. Western Conference Central Division Cohen (@CC_927) 1) Chicago [...]

Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot and Aaron Johnson were signed by the Rangers on the first day of free agency (photos NHL,com)

Everything Old Is New Again

When the New York Rangers made the decision to keep Brad Richards around for at least the 2013-14 season, it all but guaranteed that the Rangers would not be writing out massive checks to unrestricted free agents. With about $14 million in cap space heading into July 5th, they need a good part of that [...]

Hockey Independent’s 2013 NHL Mock Draft, Part II

Hockey Independent’s 2013 NHL Mock Draft, Part II

Hockey Independent’s  2013 mock entry draft continues and concludes today, as members of the writing staff  - Benjamin Woodward (Bruins), Christopher Triantafilis (New York Islanders), Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils) and WB Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) – finish up round one with selections sixteen through thirty. 16 – Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota Wild) GM: Triantafilis (@ChrisTriants) Selection: Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau [...]

FINALly

FINALly

The Chicago Blackhawks took some beatings in the media over the last couple years. A remarkable amount of keystrokes tapped loud and clear on message boards. For the most part, it was deserved. The fans were upset they had to part with their fan favourites. “See ya Andrew Ladd. Nice knowing ya Dustin Byfuglien. Yay, [...]

Stan, Please Accept My Apology?

Stan, Please Accept My Apology?

Do I owe an apology to the Blackhawks’ front office? I was very critical that the Hawks were not tough enough for the playoff grind. Well, sitting here today, they are enjoying a 2-0 lead in the Conference Finals vs. the L.A. Kings. A mere 2 wins away from another trip to the Stanley Cup [...]

A Complete Effort Downs Red Wings 4-1

A Complete Effort Downs Red Wings 4-1

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Chicago Blackhawks captured Game 1 versus Detroit with 60-minutes of effective hockey. In what was their most dominant playoff performance, the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-1. The score would have been more lopsided if not for a strong game by Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard. His play kept the contest [...]

Blackhawks eliminate the Wild with a 5-1 victory in Game 5

Blackhawks eliminate the Wild with a 5-1 victory in Game 5

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – The Blackhawks will move onto the next round after defeating Minnesota 5-1 in Game 5 at the United Center. In many ways the Blackhawks couldn’t have asked for a move favorable matchup. On Thursday night they were not only the better team, but the more determined as was the case [...]

Hawks Do What it Takes and Lead Series 3-1

Hawks Do What it Takes and Lead Series 3-1

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The bad luck continues for the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks did what was needed to record a 3-0 victory and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. To win a Stanley Cup a team needs some luck, not to sustain key injuries and to benefit from favorable matchups. [...]

Do the Blackhawks Have Too Much Swagger?

Do the Blackhawks Have Too Much Swagger?

  Sometimes a team with a lot of talent tends to cheat a little on their chores. Whether that chore is to dump it by a Ryan Suter or back check a Zach Parise, their confidence can’t become their downfall. That isn’t hockey hair you’re seeing grow out at this time, it’s the inflated melons [...]

Hawks Take Game 2 With a Better Effort

Hawks Take Game 2 With a Better Effort

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Chicago Blackhawks weren’t perfect but they did bring a more complete effort to defeat Minnesota 5-2 in Game 2. The third and fourth lines set the tone to begin the contest and it was Michael Frolik who notched the Hawks first two goals. The big names came through later to [...]

Hawks Dodge a Bullet Win 2-1 in OT

Hawks Dodge a Bullet Win 2-1 in OT

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -Tuesday night’s 2-1 overtime victory by the Chicago Blackhawks over the Minnesota Wild is one of 16 conquests needed to hoist the Stanley Cup. Although it was only one win, the importance of the outcome can’t be overstated.If the Wild came away with a Game 1 victory without their starting goaltender, [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

With the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin just a few hours from now, four members of the Hockey Independent writing staff have come together to predict each and every first round series of this year’s postseason. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils),  Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) [...]

Focus is on the Minnesota Wild

Focus is on the Minnesota Wild

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Chicago Blackhawks fell to St. Louis 3-1 in their final game of the regular season. It was a meaningless contest for the Hawks but with the victory the Blues secured fourth place in the Western Conference. The opponent for the Hawks in the opening round will be the Minnesota Wild.Every [...]

Another Emery Shutout-Goalie Controversy?

Another Emery Shutout-Goalie Controversy?

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -Ray Emery picked up his third shutout in his last five games and the Blackhawks recorded their 30th win by defeating Minnesota 1-0.This was a very efficient effort by the Hawks but they had a few missteps early in the third period. Emery wasn’t tested often but he was solid and [...]

Records, Records Everywhere as Hawks Top Wild

Records, Records Everywhere as Hawks Top Wild

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Chicago Blackhawks consecutive point streak continues with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. To add to the Blackhawks personal record book, they have now set a new franchise mark with their 10th win in a row. In case anyone was wondering, 10 game win steaks don’t happen very often [...]

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

  photo by paurian I have reached a franchise record for longest winning streak this year… I have relied heavily on my special teams… I boast a leading scorer that is a wizard with the puck who is 6-feet tall on his tippy-toes and 180 pounds soaking wet… I am of course… the Rockford IceHogs. [...]

Come Jump in the Deep End of the Pool!

Come Jump in the Deep End of the Pool!

  With the news that Michal Rozsival will miss some time with a KNEE injury, the Hawks have been called upon to test their depth on D. “Rozy” however might not be out for as long as originally anticipated as he’s been spotted back on the ice in recent practices. Still, this KNEE injury will [...]

Blackhawks No Longer Perfect

Blackhawks No Longer Perfect

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Blackhawks came close to staying undefeated but give the Minnesota Wild credit.It wasn’t as if the Wild dominated the contest but the Hawks could not find a way to score in the final forty minutes of regulation. Once a game goes into overtime and then a shootout, anything can happen. [...]