minorheader2.36PLAYOFF PREVIEW
-Black’n’Blueline Staff-
Playoffs start tomorrow! This isn’t so much prediction or speculation as a quick preview of each playoff series, to give a basic idea of what these might look like once on the ice. There may be a sweep or two, but none of these will be boring…READ MORE


-By Nutz Grubner-
I recently read a blog post giving tips to hockey moms, and offering a free “Hockey Mom Survival Kit” to one lucky reader. Though the blog in question is sponsored by the company that just happens to make all of the products in said Survival Kit, as well as every product mentioned in the article itself I’m not here to take any credibility from the author of the post or the post itself. Frankly, the company in question, does make a lot of great products to be regularly used by hockey moms everywhere. The products mentioned are very good for the purposes mentioned and said Survival Kit, as well as the tips, would surely be helpful to any hockey mom out there. But what is a new hockey dad to do…READ MORE


-by Tyson Michie-
Driving through the Boundary region of southern British Columbia, so named for its proximity to the Canada/US border, you can’t help but feel in your gut that there is history in the hills. A quick trip through small town Grand Forks, or even smaller town Greenwood, will tell you your gut is a smart guy. The story of this region is the story of Western expansion; mining, logging, and railroads giving birth to camps and settlements across what is now British Columbia and Washington. As a linking valley between the province and state, the area would come to identify with both Canada and the US. Some of the settlements would survive, others would not, but they would all play their role in the history of the region, province, and nation….READ MORE


-By Richard Caron-
So at the height of fantasy sports with everyone filling out their March Madness brackets, it seems like a good time to revisit how fantasy sports affects your, my and the athletes’ take on sports themselves. In our first go around on the subject, we didn’t really delve too much into the psyche of the athlete when it comes to fantasy sports. You might think, “Athletes are beyond the petty game I play every week with my buddies online.” To a degree, you may be right. But to think that they don’t know, understand, and follow their own fantasy stats and value is to be quite ignorant….READ MORE


-by Tyson Michie-
Take a trip through the many different hockey related message boards, chat areas, and blogs, and you’re likely to find the purveying attitude that NHL players participating in the Olympics is the best thing since someone first put blade to ice. Sure, there are detractors, but in the end they eventually capitulate to the point that, while they may not like it, the Olympics is for the best so the best should go. It’s a valid point, but it belies the true reason so many want and need the NHL at the Olympics…READ MORE


1: Florida Panthers
2: Buffalo Sabres
3: Edmonton Oilers
4: Calgary Flames
5: New York Islanders
6: Vancouver Canucks
7: Carolina Hurricanes
8: Toronto Maple Leafs
9: Winnipeg Jets
10: Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa Senators)
11: Nashville Predators
12: Phoenix Coyotes
13: Washington Capitals
New Jersey Devils


President’s Trophy
Boston Bruins

Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS)

Art Ross Trophy
Sidney Crosby (PIT)

William M. Jennings Trophy
Jonathan Quick (LAK)


Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
Patrick Marleau (SJS)
Martin St Louis (NYR)
Ryan O’Reilly (COL)

Calder Memorial Trophy
Ondrej Palat (TBL)
Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
Tyler Johnson (TBL)

Norris Trophy
Shea Weber (NAS)
Zdeno Chara (BOS)
Duncan Keith (CHI)

Frank J. Selke Award
Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
Jonathan Toews (CHI)
Anze Kopitar (LAK)

Vezina Trophy
Ben Bishop (TBL)
Tuukka Rask (BOS)
Semyon Varlamov (COL)

Hart Memorial Trophy
Claude Giroux (PHI)
Sidney Crosby (PIT)
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)

Bill Masterton Trophy
Jaromir Jagr (NJD)
Manny Malholtra (CAR)
Cominic Moore (NYR)

Messier NHL Leadership Award
Dustin Brown (LAK)
Jonathan Toews (CHI)
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)

Last updated: 5/3/14



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