Category: Metropolitan Division

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins: 1st Round Playoff Preview

Rick Nash, New York Rangers.

The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second straight year. The Pens blew a 3-1 lead in games to lose to the Blueshirts in the 2014 second-round. Based on recent performances,…

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers: Eastern Conference Final Preview and Prediction

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers are living proof that competitiveness and good defensive habits usually outdo talent in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers were the league’s fourth best defensive team in the 82-game regular season, and the…

Sidney Crosby’s goal scoring drought reaches 13: Reason to worry?

Sidney Crosby

Despite arguably his best game of these 2014 playoffs last night, the monkey remains glued to Sidney Crosby’s back. Zero goals in his last 13 playoff games (dating back to last season). It was almost shook off multiple times throughout…

Penguins vs Rangers: 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs second-round preview and prediction

Both teams won twice in the season-series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. And the Rangers, Penguins both, have escaped the first-round victorious for two straight seasons. It’s actually been three straight for the Rangers. Both clubs have…

Fleury stars in Penguins late-game meltdown against Blue Jackets

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

There was a time in last night’s game when all was well with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goals by Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz and James Neal gave the Pens a 3-0 lead in the first period. Money in the bank, right?…

Penguins must ask difficult questions if they lose early or embarrassingly

If results define a team’s success, expectations are what makes those results measurable. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a franchise rich in top-end talent, thus, comes great expectations to win the Stanley Cup every single year. In 2008 and 2009, a…

Columbus Blue Jackets win first playoff game in franchise history

The Columbus Blue Jackets organization has been in the National Hockey League since the beginning of the 2000-01 season, and before this past campaign they were in the Western Conference with one playoff series recorded – a 2009 sweep at…

New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers: Stanley Cup 2014 first-round preview

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

This one could go either way. I am a believer that defence wins in the postseason and the New York Rangers are the defensive class in their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. That being said, sometimes sheer intangibles win…

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Stanley Cup 2014 first-round preview

Sidney Crosby, Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are five years removed from winning the Stanley Cup with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as young superstars leading the charge. The future looked so promising then, like by now they’d have won a couple more championships.…