The Stanley Cup Will Come Down To The Best Team Vs. The Best Player

The Rangers and Kings are in the Stanley Cup Final because of depth, since this is not basketball, where a small number of very good or great individual players can drag a team to postseason success. You need top-flight players to win championships in hockey, obviously, but just as necessary are lower-level players… » 6/04/14 2:49pm 6/04/14 2:49pm

How Henrik Lundqvist Lugged The Rangers To The Finals

It wasn't so long ago that the Rangers were staring down death, rather than refusing to touch a trophy. Through three-quarters of the postseason, even after getting by the Canadiens with relative ease, they've had to play four elimination games: one against the Flyers, and three in a row against Pittsburgh. No one… » 5/30/14 3:10pm 5/30/14 3:10pm

Dan Bylsma Was Doomed By His Roster, Not His Coaching

Changes are coming in Pittsburgh but they're not going to be the right ones. After the Penguins punted a 3-1 series lead and home Game 7 to the Rangers, you can bet any amount of money you like that coach Dan Bylsma will be fired. Only because it's easier to fire a coach than it is to find six decent forwards. » 5/14/14 9:48am 5/14/14 9:48am

Player-Tracking Technology Is Coming To Hockey. It'll Change Everything.

Nothing happens quickly in the NHL. Fighting still exists. Visors were only mandated for incoming players last year. But the league is reportedly preparing to test player-tracking technology, and if it takes, we're not far away from a complete and sudden revolution in how we understand the sport. » 5/13/14 2:27pm 5/13/14 2:27pm

The Minnesota Wild Are Learning The Hard Way: You Can't Buy A Cup

When the Minnesota Wild made the only real splash in team history by signing the top two free agents of the Class of 2012, people thought it would usher in a change for the troubled franchise. They were right. Instead of just missing the postseason, the Wild are primed to bow out early in the playoffs for years to… » 5/12/14 1:54pm 5/12/14 1:54pm

What Do The Sharks Do Now? If They're Smart, Nothing.

The San Jose Sharks, already widely considered the chokingest team in hockey history, bolstered their reputation on Wednesday night. Now they've got a big decision: soldier on with the same pieces, or blow the whole thing up. Hopefully they keep in mind the fact that no one ever got better by blowing up a great team. » 5/02/14 12:20pm 5/02/14 12:20pm

The Rangers' Slow-Motion Collapse Is Becoming An Annual Event

The standing ovation the Flyers received at the end of last night's first period was not entirely deserved. Through 20 minutes they'd been pretty well pushed around, getting outpossessed at even strength to the tune of 18 shot attempts to just 11 (37.9 percent). That, in hockey, doesn't sound like much, but it's… » 4/30/14 11:32am 4/30/14 11:32am

Why Sidney Crosby Got Booed In Pittsburgh

Let's mince no words here in saying that Sidney Crosby, the greatest active hockey player in the universe, is the reason that the Pittsburgh Penguins are not currently playing their home games in Kansas City. He is beloved in his adopted hometown, but when you're as good as he is, love only gets you so far. Ahead of… » 4/28/14 3:59pm 4/28/14 3:59pm