Penguins/Capitals + Senators/Rangers, & Jack Adams (Update: Dart Guy rips Sens fans re attendance)

Coach of the Year: John Tortorella, Alain Vigneault and Mike Babcock were nominated for the Jack Adams Award. It says here that Babcock takes it. Babcock integrated a large number of rookies into his lineup, becoming the first team in NHL history to have six different rookies appear in at least 70 games. The club… Continue reading Penguins/Capitals + Senators/Rangers, & Jack Adams (Update: Dart Guy rips Sens fans re attendance)

Ducks vs Oilers Game 2 Preview / Plus: Getzlaf nominated w/Giordano, Foligno for Messier Award

The guest tonight on Duck Calls is E.J. Hradek. Join the Ducks’ postgame radio show on Angels Radio AM830: http://www.am830.net. The game airs on 1090AM San Diego, will join in progress on AM830 later. The key question for the Ducks tonight is whether they can get to the slot quicker, because the Oilers are charging… Continue reading Ducks vs Oilers Game 2 Preview / Plus: Getzlaf nominated w/Giordano, Foligno for Messier Award

8 Questions for Thursday, April 27 (Playoffs Round 2)

Will Ottawa be able to take advantage of the Rangers? They’ve used a 1-3-1 trapping system, to great effect vs. Boston. But the Rangers are faster, and if they can chip pucks in deep and retrieve them, the Senators will be chasing through the series. Wild Card: Derrick Brassard (OTT), formerly of the Rangers, vs.… Continue reading 8 Questions for Thursday, April 27 (Playoffs Round 2)

Ottawa vs. NY Rangers: Round 2 Preview

Erik Karlsson, the defensive phenom and two-time winner of the Norris Trophy, told ESPN after Ottawa’s Round 1 victory over the Bruins that he has played since late March with hairline fractures in his left heel and has been taking shots for the pain. Scary considering that he scored six points in five games anyway.… Continue reading Ottawa vs. NY Rangers: Round 2 Preview

Pittsburgh vs. Washington: Round 2 Preview

The Capitals had a very difficult Round 1 against the upstart Maple Leafs, with five of six tilts going to overtime. In the end, though, the Capitals may benefit from having faced such a stiff challenge. Offensively, both clubs have depth. For Washington, Justin Williams is the epitome of clutch, having scored in overtime in… Continue reading Pittsburgh vs. Washington: Round 2 Preview

Anaheim vs. Edmonton: Round 2 Preview

The season series went 3-2 EDM (2-1-2 ANA). These teams are evenly matched. Big, can score, get key contributions from youngsters. Edmonton a bit younger, with Connor McDavid, Zach Kassian and Leon Draisaitl, while Ducks rely on veterans Ryan Kesler, Corry Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Goaltending favors the Oilers just a tad, as Cam Talbot… Continue reading Anaheim vs. Edmonton: Round 2 Preview