Posts Tagged ‘Henrik Lundqvist’

Nominees for the Hart Trophy have been announced: the NHL’s marquee award for the most valuable player of the league.

Without the nominated players, their teams would not have been able to succeed. They would have been disasters – terrible – like the Leafs (I have to learn to laugh about these things or it’s just depressing).

So who are the finalists?

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So I ended the first round of my playoff pool going two for eight. Man, these playoffs! Thursday night saw the elimination of both the Ottawa Senators (RIP) and the Florida Panthers. Therefore, rounding out the rest of round-two in the Eastern conference are the favoured New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils.

Now, we’ve spoken of upsets before this season. Although the Rangers and the Devils were the favourites to win their respective series’, the other two first-round series’ in the East were magnificent underdog victories.

The Philadelphia Flyers took the Stanley Cup favourites out in six games – even starting the series with a 3-0 lead over Sidney Crospy and his precious Pittsburgh Penguins. It was one of the highest scoring series’ of all-time, which included Claude Giroux setting a franchise record for most points within one series. The Washington Capitals also managed to take the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins, to seven games – and win! This was probably the most shocking upset of the entire first-round.

The unpredictability of this post-season renders the following comments completely useless, but here is a look at how I see the next round unfolding in the East. (more…)

Some NHL teams are blessed – they have a legitimate No.1 goaltender. They have a star netminder between the pipes that they can consistently rely on, season after season, to perform at the elite level for 60-plus games each season. Teams such as the New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, and the Montreal Canadiens don’t tend to put up, day after day, with media representatives asking which goalie will start that night’s game; it’s simply assumed that Henrik Lundqvist, Cam Ward, or Carey Price will be there to tend the mesh.

But, in general, the franchise goalie is disappearing. The pressure put on NHL goalies, specifically noticeable over the last few seasons, is immense: perform or ride the pine – no second chances. There is no stability for non-franchise goalies to feel when they know each game they play could be their last for a long, long time. For a majority of NHL clubs, the problems are the same each season: they lack goaltending. (more…)