If someone were to ask me seven to eight years ago if the National Hockey League would ever put a team in Vegas, I’d probably laugh. Low and behold the NHL now has a team in Las Vegas. In just three short seasons, the Golden Knights have taken the league by storm. As they say at T-Mobile Arena, home of the Knights…“Vegassss, itsss knighttt Timmeee”. Continue reading →
In the NHL’s Pacific Division, it’s been a bumpy ride all year long, with the top of the division and fifth place in the division being separated by only eight points. The contending teams are The Vegas Golden Knights, the Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Arizona Coyotes. All of those teams are in order from division leader to fifth. Only three teams can make it to the playoffs as a division qualifier, and one or two could make it as a wild card qualifier. It’s time to map out who will make it and who will falter down the stretch.
The calendar has flipped over to March which means we have only about a month of the regular season left. The action is only going to intensify from here on out so buckle down and enjoy the ride. Tonight is a typical full schedule. My focus will be on three teams who line up really well in their respective matchups. If you’re ready, join me to make some selections for today’s Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Who’s ready for some Saturday night puck action? Tonight the Leafs look to build off a big 4-0 victory over the Penguins. The Avalanche look to get some revenge in California and the Vegas Golden Knights aim to continue their winning ways at home to the Panthers. Here we go again! Cue up the Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Happy New Year to all! With the new year and new decade here and the season just about halfway over, let’s take a look at what each team is wishing for in the new year as the second half of the season commences. Continue reading →
Happy Holidays Puck Lovers! Hopefully, everyone is enjoying some sort of holiday break. The NHL returns to action with a full schedule of 11 games Friday after a brief hiatus for Christmas. Of all the games, we are targeting the Maple Leafs at New Jersey, Columbus at Washington, the Hurricanes at the New York Rangers and the Vegas Golden Knights visiting the Anaheim Ducks. Let’s dig out the sticks and gloves and make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Welcome back into Ice Picks, in our last edition our headliner, Evgeni Malkin, was a late scratch Thursday due to an illness. This core selection ended up being a wash, and in turn, scratched out any potential of cashing. Lesson learned, always check updates before puck drop. On to tonight. We have the L.A. Kings visiting the Bruins, Buffalo at Toronto, Minnesota at Vegas and just one piece coming from the Anaheim at Philadelphia matchup. Y’all know the drill, it’s time for Tuesday’s Ice Picks! Continue reading →
This evenings’ slate of five games has been trimmed down to three. The ever-improving Chicago Blackhawks travel to Vegas to play the struggling Golden Knights. The Senators visit the New Jersey Devils in a game that has more appeal than it would a few weeks ago as both teams are making small strides to improve. Finally, in what could be the game of the night, the Washington Capitals will square off with divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Lace-em’up ladies and gents, time to make some Ice Picks! Continue reading →
Ten game slates are sometimes hard to decipher. There are many matchups to consider and numbers to sort through. The most important thing is to not play too many lineups because you can’t decide between lines to play or narrow your overall player pool. Continue reading →
Welcome in to another edition of Ice Picks. A nice nine-gamer on tap for us tonight. The slate has been trimmed down here to three games, Boston and Tampa are also on my radar but isn’t featured. (We should have some exposure to that game too as they are arguably the best two teams in the East). Teams with the best match-upsare as follows: Vegas at home to the Senators, Calgary home to the Red Wings and the Rangers at the bottom feeders, the New Jersey Devils. Let’s go for a skate and make some Ice Picks.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the first of many installments of my GPP article for this NHL season. I want to start by saying how grateful I am for these fine people at the Scorecrow to allow me to write for them for football and hockey and that I really want to make some money for myself as well as all the readers this season. I had a couple of near-binks last season, and I am committed to hitting one or two this year, so let’s get to the picks. Continue reading →
The Vegas Golden Knights had won three games in a row in resounding fashion, outscoring the San Jose Sharks 16-6. But the Golden Knights wasted a 3-1 series lead and squandered a 3-0, third-period advantage — conceding four goals in five minutes on their way to a (controversial but) severely disappointing overtime loss, ending Vegas’ sophomore year.Continue reading →
The NHL Free Agency opens up today, July 1st, and with the trading in a frenzy right now, hockey fans can expect the pace for free agency to be equally as fueled. Some of the personnel expected to be high on the list of sought-after players have been traded, but the list still remains quite impressive. What follows is an opinion-based list of the 10 most skilled players available in the Free Agency and who they are expected to sign with. This list will focus primarily on players not expected to return to their current teams. Continue reading →
What might set a player like Victor Soderstrom apart from a lot of draftees, is the fact he is a dependable right-handed defenseman. Those sorts of players are certainly hard to come by. With Soderstrom you are getting, more of stay-at-home defensemen, posting just four goals and seven points in 44 games for Brynäs IF last season.
In this edition of Ice Picks, we will target favorites who have a distinct edge over their counterparts. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the slumping New York Rangers, Vegas will look to continue their dominance in a home matchup to the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal, winners of their last two, are home to the struggling Buffalo Sabres, and the Flames look to continue their strong play of late in Vancouver. Let’s break it down! Continue reading →
Mega slate, 12 games on tap for us to pick off of tonight. My eye is on four games that appear to have a good chance of going off offensively. Philadelphia at Chicago leads the way, followed by Ottawa at Calgary, Winnipeg at Vegas, and sneaking in there, Tampa Bay at Carolina. Go Time! Continue reading →
Not a mega-slate for Thursday in the NHL but a good size 7 game card is on tap. The following are my favorites for high-event probability: Philadelphia at Columbus, Edmonton at Ottawa, Florida at Las Vegas and Tampa Bay at Boston. Let’s break it down!*side note, stacks are now listed as the last part of the article*Continue reading →
The Vegas Golden Knights came in rocking into their inaugural NHL season, in which they won the Pacific division. Then in the playoffs, they easily made it through to the Stanley Cup finals. On their way to the Cup finals, the Golden Knights lost just three games during the playoffs. The Cinderella story came to an end with a 4-1 win for the Washington Capitals in those Stanley Cup finals last June.
As the calendar flips over to 2019, the NHL season is heating up, and the division races are getting closer. One division that is tightly contested as we head into the new year is the Pacific Division. In our analysis of each division, it’s time to take a look at the Pacific Division.