Hockey and Other Sports

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2017-2018 NHL Playoff Predictions (1st round edition)

With the NHL regular season ended, it's time for my annual tradition of embarrassing myself by picking teams for the playoffs and for winning the Stanley cup. But first, a quick look back at my regular season predictions. In the East, I picked five teams as guaranteed...
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2018 NHL Season Predictions

NHL 2018 Season Predictions I am days late for this, since I try to get this out before the season starts, and for that I’m sorry, but, well, reasons. As I write this the Sharks have played 2 games and are 0-2, which, well, is not a great start. It hasn’t changed my...
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Patrick Marleau is a Toronto Maple Leaf

July 1 is Canada Day, when our neighbor to the north celebrates its existence. It is also crazy money free agent day in the NHL, when unrestricted free agents have their contracts expire and teams can fight each other for the right to back up a truck of money to a...
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NHL Playoffs 2017: Stanley Cup Final prediction

Two teams left. Seven games maximum. Everything since October has led to this. Nashville is in the finals for the first time. Pittsburgh is attempting to repeat as winner, which hasn't happened in 20 years. Both are great teams. Both are full of great stories. This...
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2017 Playoffs Predictions: 2nd round

The first round of the playoffs had some amazing hockey. It also had 18 overtime games showing a parity in the league that is crazy in a good way. And the Sharks lost to Edmonton, deserved to, and I was really impressed by the Oilers team and their ability to adapt...
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2013 Playoffs, Conference Finals

The Sharks fought the kings to game 7 and fell one goal, one shot, a couple of inches short. Some years it hurts, some years you feel they went as far as they can; this year, I think they went further than I expected and proved to themselves they could. Still, their...

The End of the Sharks season, 2013

And like that, the season's over for the sharks. Game 7 against the Kings, last year's Cup Champion and a team that looks to have rounded into champion form again. You can't really fault much with the Sharks. The series was really that close. Was Quick a better...

The Raffi Torres Hit

A Statement from GM Doug Wilson Regarding the Raffi Torres Suspension Upon review of the incident, it is abundantly clear that this was a clean hockey hit. As noted by the NHL, Raffi's initial point of contact was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on an opponent who was...

2013 playoffs, round 2

Round 1 is done, round 2 is starting up, and so far, it's been one heck of a fun playoffs to watch. The sharks made it through to the 2nd round. The Leafs almost took out the Bruins. Washington is done. All four of the second round series look to be great ones and...

2013 playoff predictions

I'm a day late, but what the heck,this season was whacked by the lockout so who really cares if I'm making the predictions after a couple of playoff games have been decided. Please do not use these predictions to lose money with any wager -- I'm sure not. But it's a...

The NHLPA and Realignment

The Latest From The NHLPA On The Realignment Issue: PA still gathering feedback from members on realignment. Exec board will decide this week whether to make call itself or hold full PA vote. There's a fight going on here that the fans should be paying attention to....

The NHL is back. Now what?

The NHL and the Players Association finally got it figured out and the lockout is over and hockey is returning. Best guess is that we'll see NHL games in about two weeks, and it'll be a 48 or 50 game season. Do we care? More importantly, now what? The good news: it's...

The Winter of our Hockey Discontent

I'm not entirely sure where to go about the current hockey situation. It sucks. Basically, a third of the season has been cancelled. The All-star game and Winter Classic are rumored to be cancelled within a week. December's games probably aren't too far behind that,...

My second blog post on the NHL lockout

Unlike many of you, I've been trying to mostly ignore the NHL lockout. As you may remember, way back in August I predicted they wouldn't settle this before the start of the regular season and suggested it was likely to settle in October and we wouldn't see hockey...

Minnesota wins the lottery

Or maybe, the anti-lottery, because they'll be handing out lottery-winning class stacks of money to Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. I like this deal for Minnesota, for the players, and for the NHL, for a lot of reasons (and I dislike it for a few, too. nothing's perfect)....

And now we’re down to two

And now we're down to two: New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings. Which just goes to show nobody this year should be betting based on my picks. I thought the Kings would prevail in a tough fight. In fact? the Kings were clearly a dominant team, and the Coyotes...

Predicting the conference finals..

Well if there's ever need of proof of why I don't make a living betting on hockey, the second round can be used. I was 4-4 in the first round (and happy to get there, given how unpredictable the playoffs have been). Luck wasn't so kind to me in the 2nd round.  In the...

Retooling the sharks part 1: management

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Changing of the guard in Western Conference - ESPN: The Sharks? It's a little more complicated than Detroit. For starters, they don't have anything coming off their cap that's really that noteworthy. The likes of Torrey Mitchell, Dominic...