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Series Preview: Red Wings Versus Lightning

As the regular season has come to an end, Last Word On Sports analyzes every playoff series heading into this week’s action. In the first installment, we take a look at the matchups in five categories: Offense, defense, goaltending, coaching and special teams. We also run down the players to look out for and give our final assessment on how…

Detroit Red Wings v Arizona Coyotes

Petr Mrazek Earns First Playoff Start

Mike Babcock had his beer and thought about his goaltending situation that has been the never-ending story down the stretch for his hockey club. He revealed his decision today. Babcock makes it official: Mrazek starting game 1 — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 13, 2015 Surprising to some extent at the surface, in terms of playoff experience. Petr Mrazek has no…

Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers

Eastern Conference Wild Card: The Final Week

As the National Hockey League enters its final week of the 2014-15 regular season, we take a look at the amazing battle for the final two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. Following a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Florida Panthers became the latest victim to mathematical eliminations, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey…

Minnesota Wild v Detroit Red Wings

Petr Mrazek Has Prime Opportunity vs Bruins

Let’s face it. Petr Mrazek has won big games for the Detroit Red Wings this season between the pipes, including victories against the St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders, and Pittsburgh Penguins, with the latest victory coming against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that span, Mrazek won 10 of 14 of his latest NHL starts, allowing…

Detroit Red Wings v Florida Panthers

Team Effort A Must For Red Wings

Let’s go back to February 28th. The Red Wings just capped one of the toughest road trips of the season at 4-1-1, beating the likes of Chicago, San Jose, a desperate Dallas team, and the then-best team in the NHL, the Nashville Predators. They were a point away from snagging the number two seed and had 81 points with 20…

Habs Legends

The Best NHL Teams of All Time

We at Last Word On Sports are always on the hunt for the most relevant, interesting infographics to give our regular readers. Today we present you a fantastic infographic prepared by Christyne Kavanagh and our friends at Tucker Hockey that discusses the History of Women’s Hockey.  The folks at Tucker have done a fantastic job in researching the topic, and presenting…

Toronto Maple Leafs play the Detroit Red Wings

Is Jimmy Howard a Stanley Cup-Caliber Goaltender?

Hockey fans in any market are used to the unique attention given to goaltenders – they are either the piece that puts the team over the top (i.e. Carey Price) or the piece that nobody understands why they’re there (i.e. Ondrej Pavelec). When goalies sign long-term contracts at a sizable price, there’s an expectation of consistency and success attached with it…

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