The first few games of the playoffs allowed for an insight into the differences between youth and veterans on teams as the young teams stumbled out of the block but aren’t entirely out of it as the first round continues.
With the end of the second round came the end to four team’s Stanley Cup hopes including the Washington Capitals as Alexander Ovechkin finished another year without a cup.
The NHL playoffs are here and the best part of the NHL season is set to begin as the eastern conference looks to break the streak and the western conference looks to unseat the champions.
It has become the biggest reason for the NHL’s growth in the USA and around the world, the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Metropolitan Division is still a young one after the re-organization brought some of the biggest markets into one division.
The second round of the NHL playoffs have been quite different from the first round as the games may have started to take their toll.
The NHL playoff are here and so the most exciting time in the NHL schedule is ready to begin. This year is a great mix of teams that have been there before and teams that have found their way to the playoffs for the first time in a long time.
The New Year is here and as has become tradition that means the Winter Classic rang in the new year. The Winter Classic started as a spectacle for the NHL that really never had any of those types of games. It is akin to Thanksgiving Day in the NFL as the NHL focuses on the big outdoor game that marks the start of a new year. The game is also strategic for the NHL as they host it just when most other big sports are winding down. The NFL is heading into the playoffs while NCAA football is nearing the end of the bowl season.
The halfway point of the NHL season is approaching and for some teams it is desperation time as they need to figure it out now if they want to be in the playoff hunt. Plenty of teams are sitting right on the edge trying to find another gear that will give them a boost. These teams are only a winning streak away from entering the playoff conversation but there are still those handful of teams that need a lot more help.
The Metropolitan Division does not have the most popular name in the NHL as many did not like it when the NHL announced the new division last year. Yet there is no other name that could describe this division any better. It is exactly that, a Metropolitan division with some of the biggest cities in the NHL in the division. New York is represented with their two teams alongside New Jersey from across the Hudson. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia also have their cities represented in the division.