When Patrick Marleau netted an overtime winner in the first round of the NHL playoffs to put the San Jose Sharks up 3-0 in their series with Los Angeles, very few still envisioned the Kings hoisting their second Stanley Cup in three years.
During Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals, New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan took a vicious hit from Montreal’s Brandon Prust. Stepan was face-down on the ice for several minutes following the hit and on Friday Rangers coach Alain Vigneault announced that the 23-year-old has a broken jaw.
A sport and a league many laughed at fifteen years ago have been making gains in the American sporting scene. And with the NHL mired in labor strife, the time is right for MLS to take its next step up in the U.S.’s sports consciousness.
Peter Stewart breaks down the Round 1 matchups in the Eastern Conference before giving you his prediction. Will there be any sweeps? Will the defending Stanley Cup Champs make it out of the first round?
As the resident Canadian of MSF, Pat Suley was born with a Rainman-like talent for projecting hockey results. So in a rare moment where he’s not completely focused on the MLB postseason, he has decided to tell you how I see this upcoming NHL season unfolding.