Communication Breakdown: The Big Mick on the New York Rangers

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There was so much hope before the beginning of this season.  The New York Rangers had Vezina winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, arguably the best corps of young defensemen in the league, and they got their man in elite power forward Rick Nash.  Two weeks later, the Rangers have amassed an unimpressive 3-4-0 record, with […] READ MORE


Hockey Needs More Douchers! The Big Mick on Passion in the NHL

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Do you want to know why the NFL and international soccer have bigger fan support than our beloved NHL has? The answer is not just one thing, but a big part about it is the same reason all of us die-hards devote so much time and energy to seeking out our favorite sport. It’s one […] READ MORE


Overcome: The Josh Harding Story

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Here’s how it went down.  The Stars were buzzing and the Wild were playing their second game in two nights.  In this slightly condensed season, backup goaltenders are so important, even to the Minnesota Wild, who have an elite member of the netminding fraternity in Nik Backstrom.  Even Atlas eventually shrugged. So, enough with the […] READ MORE


Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: The Big Mick Previews the Northwest Division

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Only one team from the Northwest Division made the post season last season, and that was the Presidents’ Cup winner Vancouver Canucks.  There’s plenty of new faces on some of these squads, but one feature is the common thread in this group of teams is youth.  There is serious competition in this division in this […] READ MORE


Building Their Own Traditions: The Big Mick Previews the Pacific Division

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The Pacific Division has become the home to a group of teams that perennially challenge the teams above them, and is a big part of the reason that only 8 points separated 7th place and 11th place in the West last season. The Stanley Cup champion Kings seemingly snuck into the playoffs and dominated everyone […] READ MORE


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Big Mick Previews the Central Division

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The Central is historically the division that produces some of the tightest matchups in the entire NHL. Two of the previous five Stanley Cup winners have come from this division.  Think tight like a vice.  Here’s how it will play out. 5. Columbus Blue Jackets (65 points, 30th Overall, 15th in Conference, 5th in Division): […] READ MORE


Southern Home Improvement: The Big Mick Previews the Southeast Division

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If there were awards given out at the end of the off-season, the Southeast division would win Most Improved. This division is where the surprises are going to come from. They’ll surpass other squads that simply didn’t bother bolstering their rosters during the off-season. This division is a division of spoilers, and this is how […] READ MORE


Yes They Can! The Big Mick Previews the Northeast Division

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So, there’s this bizarre division in the NHL containing three Original Six franchises, an Olympic Silver Medal and Vezina winning goaltender, and the team that inhabits Canada’s capitol city. It’s called the northeast, and it’s filled with some interesting characters.  Here’s how things could play out in this enigmatic division, filled with history and tradition. […] READ MORE


Crosby, Giroux, and Nash, Oh, My! "The Big Mick" previews the Atlantic Division

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Arguably, the Atlantic Division could be the strongest division in all of the NHL, save for a couple of blemishes.  Just to rattle off some names, the Atlantic Division includes Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Claude Giroux, Rick Nash, John Tavares, Ilya Kovalchuk, among others in the stratosphere of the NHL elite.  Here’s a look at […] READ MORE


"The Big Mick" on the Five NHL Teams We Feel Bad For

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Editor’s Note:  LastWordOnSports is pleased to have Russell “Big Mick” McKenzie join the team.  The Big Mick brings years of writing, and more importantly many thousands of hours of watching hockey, to our NHL coverage.  Look for his candid and honest contributions every weekend in “Big Mick on the NHL”. With the lockout coming to […] READ MORE