Vegas Odds for the Cup

Las Vegas has released their Odds for the 16 playoff teams that will fight for the Cup.
The Ducks take 1st, followed closely by the Wings.
The interesting part: The Caps and Flyers are the 15th and 16th teams, respectively.
http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/clip44005#clip43900

Look inside for all 16 teams.

Maggie the Monkey Makes picks!

Maggie the monkey of TSN has made her picks for the 08 playoffs.

Kings Need Stamkos

If there was one team in need of getting the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, its the Los Angeles Kings. The team from Hollywood is in desperate need of a star, a franchise type player that will help bring back interest in the biggest market out west.

Lightning win the Lottery.

As the title says, The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Steven Stamkos sweepstakes.

Source. www.tsn.ca

PLAYOFF PICTURE Eastern Conference

Here’s the top 8, the matchups, and material for debate on who will win the series.

PLAYOFF PICTURE Western Conference

Here’s how the playoffs look in the West-

Surely you can't be Serious

I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley. It seemed pretty evident at the the beginning of July that 95%+ thought the Rangers needed a shutdown defenseman and that their defensive corps would surely be lacking. [Even in an article 2 days ago] 5. Well the regular season has virtually passed as I write this with almost every team played the full 82. I plan to analyse this season of the Rangers and address other bold predictions I made.

M.V.P. is spelled O-V-E-C-H-K-I-N

If you thought the Washington Capitals were going to make the playoffs when the regular season started, you are lying to yourself. Sure Backstrom had a great freshman year, the deadline pickups of Cooke, Fedorov and Huet have improved the team and Bruce Boudreau’s coaching has been instrumental, but without Alex the Gr8, the Caps would be in the hunt for Stamkos, not Stanley.

What do the Oilers need to do this summer to get back into the playoffs?

With the Oilers going from Game 7 of the Stanely Cup Finals to not making the post season for the second straight year i think its safe to say there needs to be changes.

Shootout Points Change Playoff Scenarios

Since the shootout has come into the NHL, the number of three point games has greatly increased. Instead of the occasional overtime win or overtime loss, mixed in with a lot of ties, we now always have a winner, meaning every overtime game is worth three points. I am not a fan of the shootouts. I don’t think it makes sense to have something in the regular season that you don’t in the postseason. And yes, the same would hold true for ties, but ties are not an entirely new aspect to the game like a shootout is.