NHL Free Agent Frenzy Preview: The Defence

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Yesterday I started my look into the NHL’s free agent market with a look at the top goaltenders available.  Today I move on and look at the defence.  One thing we notice is that this year’s crop is extremely thin.  One of the thinnest I can ever remember for defencemen.  With Lubomir Visnovksy re-signing with […] READ MORE


Three Stars: All Time Greats of Central Division Teams

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Welcome back to Peculiar Side of Sports.  Every so often something in sports perplexes me, and I just hate not knowing something.  So, I do what any normal, sane sports fan does – I search ad nausea for the answer by any means necessary.  The good news is that I take all my hard work and relay […] READ MORE


School's Out in the Blues-Kings rematch

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Last season, the St. Louis Blues were just another speed bump on the road to a Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup. The young, gritty Blues had home ice advantage, and dropped both of their coveted home games in disastrous fashion to the Kings.  It was ugly, it was tragic, and it was a perfect lesson […] READ MORE


Detroit Red Wings: Second Period Issues

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I don’t know what to say and I’m not sure how to feel.  I do know that these feelings are new to me –  this heartache and disappointment, game after game. The frustrating mistakes that cause not only bad things on the ice, but such an emotional roller-coaster that you can’t help but curse at […] READ MORE


Jay Bouwmeester traded to the St. Louis Blues

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The dismantling of the Calgary Flames continues, as they have traded their top defenceman, Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. In return the Flames receive St. Louis’ 2013 First Round Pick, Defenceman Mark Cundari, and Goaltender Reto Barra. However, if the Blues (currently in 9th in the Western Conference) miss the playoffs. The 2013 […] READ MORE


Don't Give Up on the St. Louis Blues

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In the Western Conference, there is a grid lock of teams currently sitting between 5th place through 11th place.  All the teams between 5th and 8th are in a tie for points in the standings.  Sitting at the bottom of that kerfuffle are the St. Louis Blues. This writer, and most everyone else in the […] READ MORE


Betting Time – When Will the Hawks Finally Lose in Regulation?

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Get your cash out,’cause it’s time to place your bets! Who will the Chicago Blackhawks finally lose to in regulation? This version of the Chicago Blackhawks have definitely looked special, so far. The hardcore group of fans will disagree pointing out some of the flaws in their defensive play and maybe a turnover here and […] READ MORE


Calder Watch at the Quarter Pole

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In this shortened 48-game season, we’ve now reached the quarter-poll.  As such, I think now is a good time to review what rookies have come out of the gate flying and give an early look at the top 5 Calder Trophy contenders at this point.  Check back often as I a update the list, and […] 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


NHL 2012-2013 Season Predictions: Western Conference

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The thing about NHL these days is that there are many good teams. This is what makes making these predictions a bit difficult. The Western Conference is no different from the Eastern, which I reviewed earlier this week. We have lots of teams that have improved over the off-season and this makes it hard to […] READ MORE