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Devils’ Case for the Stanley Cup
Second of a two-part preview of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. History: The New Jersey Devils boast three Stanley Cups (1995, 2000, 2003) and plenty of experience. Although goalie Martin Brodeur is the only player on the roster to win all three titles, Patrik Elias has captured the last two.…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/30/12 | Comments 0

Kings’ Case for the Stanley Cup
First of a two-part preview of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals. History: The L.A. Kings are in rarefied air for many reasons. It’s only the second Stanley Cup finals berth in franchise history. Second, they’re only the second No. 8 seed to ever reach the finals (the other was the…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/29/12 | Comments 0

Farewell to the Coyotes
On the one hand, the Phoenix Coyotes should be thrilled that they made it to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. On the other, they should be disappointed that they were dismissed in five games by a team that finished two points behind them in…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/23/12 | Comments 5

Caps Contemplate Massive Off-Season
Last year at this time, the Washington Capitals were contemplating what went wrong after the Tampa Bay Lightning swept them right out of the conference semifinals. They vowed to get better, be more responsible, and play a better two-way system. Here we are a year later, and the Caps lost…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/15/12 | Comments 0

Farewell to the Capitals
What an up-and-down season for the Washington Capitals. After changing coaches, not making moves at the trading deadline, pretty much (unofficially) putting a freeze on contract extensions and barely making the playoffs, the Caps eliminated the defending champion Boston Bruins in the first round before bowing out to the New…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/13/12 | Comments 1

Farewell to the Flyers
Although the Eastern Conference Finals match-up hasn’t been set yet, it’s time to say goodbye (belatedly) to the Philadelphia Flyers, who proved that match-ups mean everything. Against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers scored a league-high 30 goals and averaged 27.5 shots per game. But, in five games against the Devils,…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/10/12 | Comments 0

Western Conference Finals Preview
The theme of the 2012 Western Conference finals has to be “out with the old; in with the new.” Anybody who questions that mantra need only to look up the combined conference finals berths in the (relatively short) histories of the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings. That total would…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/09/12 | Comments 1

Good Caps, Bad Caps
In 12 postseason games — and most likely throughout the entire 2011-12 season — the Washington Capitals have swayed between playing brilliantly and being mistake-prone. These emotional and physical swings can happen from one period to the next, or even in the bat of an eyelash. Last night’s 3-2 overtime…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 05/08/12 | Comments 1

Eastern Conference Second-Round Preview
The Caps-Rangers series begins tomorrow and the Flyers-Devils match-up starts on Sunday. I take a look at both series…  No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals — In the closing days of the regular season, many thought these teams would be meeting in the first round. Now,…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 04/27/12 | Comments 0

Farewell to the Red Wings and Sharks
It wasn’t long ago that the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks were two of the best teams in the Western Conference — if not the league. Just last year, in fact, the Sharks were the No. 2 seed in the West and the Wings were No. 3. The…
Posted by FanspeakNHL on 04/25/12 | Comments 0