Next up in Ice Nation UK’s Playoff Preview extravaganza is this Atlantic Division matchup between Tampa Bay and Montreal, as Steven Stamkos goes head-to-head with PK Subban.
SERIES BEGINS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
PUCK DROP: 7:00pm EST (12:00am GMT) IN TAMPA BAY
Ice Nation UK kicks off coverage of the 2014 NHL playoffs with a preview of the thrilling match-up between League-leaders Boston and second-wildcard Detroit.
SERIES BEGINS: Friday 18th April 2014
PUCK DROP: 7:30pm ET (12:30am GMT)
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As per TSN, the Vancouver Canucks relieved the team’s GM and President Mike Gillis from his duties several days ago. This came as no surprise in light of remarks Gillis himself made over a week ago when questioned about the future of embattled Head Coach John Tortorella:
“I don’t know if I will be back next season.”
After waxing lyrical over Gustav Nyquist, it feels strange to focus on a player on the opposite end of the points charts. You see, Luke Glendening will not be top of the Hart Trophy list, he won’t feature in any scoring charts, nor prove to be a big assist guy. He doesn’t even rack up that many penalty minutes.
In fact, if you were to look at his statistics, you’d be wondering why he is even a mainstay on the roster. Why? After around 50 games, in his debut season, he has managed to earn himself a new contract?
Cully Dahlstrom, Oscar Hansen, and Vic Heyliger in training for Chicago, November 1937. Image courtesy of trbimg.com.
And now, the thrilling conclusion! What began in the East will conclude in the West, where we meet anachronistic Flames, Predatory artifacts, shamelessly thieving Jets, and many more!
So the news broke on Monday 7th April that Steve Yzerman will have his contract extended by Tampa Bay for four years. Which seemingly upset a few Red Wings fans. Some of the same fans who seem to think that Ken Holland should be replaced as soon as possible.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Another day, another brilliant new writer for hockey fans to enjoy! Our latest recruit is Micki Holley, a resident of St Louis, Missouri, USA. An experienced author with regular contributions published at Yahoo Sports, not to mention her own blog and several other projects on the go, Micki will surely bring a unique voice to our little corner of the internet. Primarily focusing on the St Louis Blues, we are excited to bring her on board at Ice Nation UK!
The Blues are favourites to win the cup in many experts’ eyes. (Image courtesy of bleedinblue.com)
It’s official. The St. Louis Blues will be making another playoff run; their fourth attempt at claiming the cup in the last nine seasons. Now their focus is on getting home ice advantage through the playoffs and if they keep steam rolling other teams as they have done all season, it should be achieved with no problems.
Breezing their way through the playoffs to win the ultimate prize will be a completely different story though as they are not mentally prepared for such a feat – the expectations thrust onto their shoulders may prove too much for them to handle.