2017-2018 Season Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning went 8-1-1 for their last 10 games last season, but it wasn’t enough to make the post-season. There were reasons for the shortfall, like the injury to Steven Stamkos that kept him out of action after just 17 games. Ryan Callahan was out of action as well. He was limited toContinue reading “2017-2018 Season Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning”

2017-2018 Season Preview: San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks enter 2017-2018 without Patrick Marleau, their all-time leading scorer. Last season, the 37-year-old produced 27 goals and 19 assists for a total of 46 points in 82 games. Now that he’s a Maple Leaf, the Sharks will have to move on. Of course, the notion of San Jose as an agedContinue reading “2017-2018 Season Preview: San Jose Sharks”

2017-2018 Season Preview: St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues are one of those NHL teams that seems to be always in the mix. They’ve been consistently good in the regular season and they’ve transitioned into a contending franchise without making a lot of fuss about it. Now, the club is in the throes of a long-term plan to develop fromContinue reading “2017-2018 Season Preview: St. Louis Blues”

2017-2018 Season Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are gunning for nothing less than a third consecutive Stanley Cup. They hope to become the first NHL club to win three in a row since the New York Islanders in the 1980s and they still have the pieces to do just that. But there have been some losses in the off-season,Continue reading “2017-2018 Season Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins”

2017-2018 Season Preview: Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have been systematically constructing their team from within for the past few seasons and the time may have finally arrived for dividends. Word around the campfire has as many as five rookies on the opening night roster, while the club’s drafting and player development has been strong. General manager Ron Hextall isContinue reading “2017-2018 Season Preview: Philadelphia Flyers”