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While the Oilers ought to be praised for recognizing a bad situation, opting for a full rebuild, and being patient with young players, by any means of evaluating it last year was a disappointment. Edmonton showed life in 2011-2012 earning 74 points, their best total in three years. During the lockout shortened 2012-2013 campaign they continued solid but not spectacular play earning 45 points in 48 games. However, last season the Oilers tallied just 67 points, by a wide margin the lowest total in the Western Conference.
We’re less than a month away from the start of the NHL season and while betting on games each day is a lot of fun, choosing somebody to win the Stanley Cup Finals now not only provides a seasons worth of excitement, but an opportunity to cash in on great odds. Whether you are going to back the heavy favorite, defending champion Chicago at 13-2, or take a flyer on Buffalo, Calgary, Florida or Nashville at 75-1, the time is now to start considering who will dominate the ice in 2014-2015.
For the first time in six seasons, the Vancouver Canucks did not win a division title last year. After four straight Northwest championships, Vancouver shifted to the Pacific Division and had their worst season in over a decade. After going 36-35-11, and missing the playoffs, the Canucks cleaned house. Armed with new leadership, a top flight goaltender, and reliable front line players, Vancouver is likely to rebound this season.
The 2015 NHL Draft will take place June 26-27 in Sunrise, FL. Draft day is among the best opportunities for a franchise to impact their future. Last year the Panthers chose Aaron Ekblad from the Barrie Colts with the first overall pick. In recent years Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos and John Tavares have been picked number one. It was a decade ago that Sidney Crosby was chosen first. Alex Ovechkin went number one the year before. Read More
The New York Rangers are looking to do the improbable: come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the Stanley Cup. They took that first step in Game 4 on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from their second Stanley Cup title in the last three years. The Kings beat the Rangers 3-0 in Game 3 at New York’s Madison Square Garden to go up 3-0 in the NHL Finals.
The New York Rangers experienced déjà vu all over again on Saturday night after taking a two-goal lead against the Los Angeles Kings only to relinquish it and lose again in overtime of the NHL Stanley Cup finals’ Game 2. The series shifts to New York tonight, where the two teams will face off in Game 3 at 8:00 PM ET. The NBC Sports Network will broadcast the game.
With the Los Angeles Kings having overcome a two-goal deficit to snag an overtime victory in Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals, the New York Rangers will look to tie the series by returning the favor on Saturday night (7:00 p.m. ET on NBC).
The Champions are still alive, and now the momentum of the series is going their way after stealing game six from LA. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings will clash in a win or go home game seven this Sunday, at 9 PM ET at the Staples Center, for a ticket to play the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup finals. Read More
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Let’s take a first look at what week three in the NFL has in store for us next week with a brief glimpse at each match-up.
The Michigan State Spartans visiting the Oregon Ducks at the Autzen Stadium for the 2014 College Football week two might be the most intriguing game in the lineup this weekend; they will clash Saturday at 6:30 PM ET. Read More