Red wings

Last Time The Red Wings Missed the Playoffs

With the Detroit Red Wings’ (38-27-15) loss in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night, no one really cared about the loss. That’s because it gained the Wings the one point they needed to get into the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive year.

23 years. That’s a long time. The last time the Wings didn’t make the playoffs the year was 1990 (1989-90 season). Things were a little different back then, so here’s a nostalgic walk down memory lane for everyone to enjoy.

1990

Record of the Year: “Wind Beneath my Wings” by Bette Midler

Oscar for Best Movie: Dances with Wolves

U.S. President: George H.W. Bush

Big names in the NHL: Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier Continue reading

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference Fantasy Outlook

Are you and your friends already planning the draft for your playoff pool this year? We’ll have you covered at Two Pad Stack with a full fantasy report below. Today we’ll take a look at all the teams in the East today, and under each team you’ll find their top five fantasy players. Good luck to all the managers out there.


Boston Bruins

The Bruins are currently on pace to win the President’s Trophy and have only looked more threatening as of late with their constant onslaught of goals. With Jarome Iginla’s retirement on the horizon, this is the year for Boston to pursue their second Cup in four years.

  1. David Krejci— Both times when the Bruins went to the Cup Finals, Krejci led the league in playoff scoring. He’ll always be a key figure in Boston’s playoff success.
  2. Tuukka Rask— Rask finished the 2013 postseason with a 1.88 GAA and .927 SP, he’s thriving under the Boston system and will stand tall in almost any situation.
  3. Patrice Bergeron— Boasting a strong two-way game, Bergeron only gets better when his team gets deeper into playoffs with 4 goals in last year’s Cup Final.
  4. Zdeno Chara— Big Z just turned 37 this past March, and it’s evident that his point production has dipped recently, but he’ll continue to score in times of need.
  5. Carl Soderberg— With so many Bruins putting up big numbers, it’s hard to notice success down Boston’s depth chart. In his last 21 games, Soderberg has put up 18 points. Continue reading

USA Hockey Nationals Report

USA Hockey Nationals Report

It’s that time of year, USA Hockey Nationals, the best teams from each district face off for the chance to call themselves national champions. It’s best on best hockey, there are 4 conferences, 4 teams each, with the top 2 from each group advancing to the playoff round.

U-14 – Bantams

Bantams are a great age group to watch every year because you have the opportunity to see the actual best players in this age group. This age group is extremely competitive, as it marks the pinnacle of the youth hockey career for some of these players who are so talented they will likely be playing Jr. hockey, or for the US National Team Program within the next few years and therefore be ineligible to play for their youth organizations in a tournament such as this. Despite the extremely competitive nature of the U-14 level, there are some teams that are fixtures at the National Tournament. Continue reading

Avalanche

Avs Aim High in Tight Central Division

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Colorado Avalanche are a lock for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Often, teams who have clinched a spot with this many games remaining might rest some of their stars and give their newer players some time in the spotlight. After all, going into the playoffs with refreshed top lines and a bit more NHL experience under the belts of some prospects and call-ups are advantages. And in April, teams will aim for any advantage they can.

However, the Avalanche find themselves in a Central Division that they could still theoretically win if they pull out all the stops. And even if they can’t manage to snag the top spot in the Central Division from the current #1 St. Louis Blues, a mere two wins out of their last four games will secure the home ice advantage against the third-seed Chicago Blackhawks.

This is easiest seen in a visualization, which our highly-trained team of professional graphic artists has rendered using state of the art software: Continue reading

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Where the Leafs Went Wrong

March 13, 2014: a turning point in the Toronto Maple Leafs season. Toronto was sitting comfortably in second place in the Atlantic Division, the starting goal tender Jonathan Bernier fell to a groin injury, and it would be their last win for nearly twenty days.

With three games to go, the Leafs have less than a 10% chance of making the post season. How could this have happened? A young, quick team dominated by big names such as Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk.

Personally, I am a huge Kessel fan. One of the fastest skaters in the leagues with a shot that the is capable of decapitation. However, it ends there. His defensive play does not exist and he has more turnovers than a bakery. It is notable to point out his chemistry with his line mate, JVR (James Van Riemsdyk.) When this line of Kessel Bozak, and Van Riemsdyk is scoring, the Leafs ultimately win. During that 8 game losing streak this line was sub-par to say the least. Continue reading