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Author Archives: Prashanth Iyer

Prashanth is a third year doctor of pharmacy student at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, NC. Prashanth is studying to be an infectious disease pharmacist, but in his spare time, he watches any hockey game he can catch. He was born and raised just outside Detroit, Michigan and hence is a big Red Wings fan. He is always willing to hear any and all debates pertaining to his articles, so feel free to contact him.

Jaromir Jagr – A Season For The Ages

Travis Zajac (19) of the Devils is congratulated by Dainius Zubrus and Jaromiar Jagr after scoring his 100th NHL goal. 
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***Note – This was written prior to the New Jersey Devils game on 12/23 against the Chicago Blackhawks*** After former captain Zach Parise defected to the Minnesota Wild and star forward Ilya Kovalchuk defected back to Mother Russia, things were looking pretty bleak in New Jersey. Even the acquisition of goaltender Cory Schneider during the 2013 NHL draft couldn’t raise ... Read More »

Alexander Ovechkin’s Magical Run – The Most Impressive 50 in 50?


By now, you should be aware of this fact – Alexander Ovechkin can score goals. The man has scored 399 goals in 633 career games, a clip that is only bettered by four guys, only two of which were after 1900 – Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy (Babe Dye and Cy Denneny are the other two, but they were born before ... Read More »

What John Tortorella Has Brought To The Vancouver Canucks


After struggling in the playoffs once again, the Vancouver Canucks finally decided it was time for a change. The Canucks fired head coach Alain Vigneault and hired John Tortorella. The knock on the Canucks was that they were too soft and would never be able to win in the highly physical playoffs. Enter John Tortorella, probably the most demanding coach ... Read More »

Just How Bad Is Buffalo?


Newsflash – The Buffalo Sabres are atrocious. I’m guessing most of you didn’t need me to actually spell it out for you. Our historical benchmark for atrociousness has always been the 1974-1975 Washington Capitals, a team that went 8-67-5, good for a remarkable 21 points. Obviously the Sabres aren’t going to be that bad as they are already 7-23-2 and are on ... Read More »

The Shootout – Why It Needs To Go Sooner Rather Than Later


After the 2004-2005 NHL season was locked out (thanks Mr. Bettman), the NHL decided to introduce the shootout after a 5 minute overtime as a way to get rid of ties. They figured, “why not put the NHL’s talent on display in a skills competition to break ties?” Initial reviews of the shootout were great. We saw Dallas Stars‘ forward ... Read More »

Avalanche Warning – What Patrick Roy Has Brought To Colorado

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Ok….when’s the joke gonna end? The Colorado Avalanche last year were horrific. Don’t remember? Let me refresh your memory. The Avs finished with 39 points, good for last in the Western Conference and 2nd to last overall in the NHL (thanks Florida). They scored just 2.38 goals per game (5th worst) and gave up 3.12 goals per game (4th worst). ... Read More »

What To Expect From The 2013-2014 NHL Season

Who will sit for the picture this year? (Associated Press)

Can you smell that everybody? No, the person next to you didn’t just rip one. I’m talking about hockey. IT’S BACK. With the new season, we have a whole host of new features that have the potential to make this one of the most exciting NHL seasons in recent memory. We’ve got hybrid icing, more space in Gretzky’s office, and ... Read More »

Draft Day to Mugshot – What Drives Professional Athletes To Criminal Acts?


63. 63 professional athletes representing Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL) were arrested in 2012. 48 of those athletes were NFL players. Eight were NBA players, five were MLB players, and the remaining two represented the NHL. We are just past the halfway point of this ... Read More »

The “Culture of Hockey” – Good or Bad for the Sport?


Mere mortals don’t understand how these men do it. The stories are incredible, borderline legendary. Bobby Baun – 1964, Baun broke his ankle early in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals with his Toronto Maple Leafs down 3-2 in the series. The game went into OT, and Baun came back and scored the game winner to push the series to ... Read More »

2013 NHL Awards – Hart Memorial

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins posing with the Hart Memorial Trophy among others after being named the recipient following the 2011-2012 season

Today we’ll wrap up our awards predictions with a look at the MVP race. 6/2 – Jack Adams 6/3 – Selke 6/4 – Calder 6/5 – Vezina 6/6 – Hart   Hart Memorial Trophy – The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented to the player deemed to be most valuable to his team. Last year’s winner: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins The Finalists: Sidney ... Read More »

2013 NHL Awards – Vezina


Today we’ll continue our breakdown of the awards by talking about the Calder Memorial Trophy. 6/2 – Jack Adams 6/3 – Selke 6/4 – Calder 6/5 – Vezina 6/6 – Hart   Vezina Trophy – The Vezina Trophy is presented to the goalkeeper considered to be the best at this position. Last year’s winner: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers The Finalists: Sergei ... Read More »

2013 NHL Awards – Calder Memorial


Today we’ll continue our breakdown of the awards by talking about the Calder Memorial Trophy. 6/2 – Jack Adams 6/3 – Selke 6/4 – Calder 6/5 – Vezina 6/6 – Hart   Calder Memorial Trophy – The Calder Memorial Trophy is presented to the player deemed most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL. Last year’s winner: Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado ... Read More »

2013 NHL Awards – Frank J. Selke


Today we’ll continue with our breakdown of the awards by talking about the Selke Trophy. 6/2 – Jack Adams 6/3 – Selke 6/4 – Calder 6/5 – Vezina 6/6 – Hart   Frank J. Selke Trophy – The Frank J. Selke Trophy is presented to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Last year’s winner: ... Read More »

2013 NHL Awards – Jack Adams


Due to the NHL lockout, we’ve got an interesting setup for the 2013 NHL Awards Ceremony. Since 2008, the NHL Awards Ceremony has been held in Las Vegas after the end of the playoffs, but due to the delayed start of the playoffs this year, the ceremony will take place over the course of two nights. Day 1 will be ... Read More »

So…Where Did Stanley Cup Champion Marc-Andre Fleury Go?

Marc-Andre Fleury, Michael Grabner, Ben Lovejoy

In 2009, Marc-Andre Fleury was on top of the world. Fleury was finally a Stanley Cup champion, having backstopped the Pittsburgh Penguins to their 1st Stanley Cup championship since 1992. At this point in his career, he owned a 111-85-26 record with a 2.87 GAA, .906 SV%, and 15 shutouts in the regular season. While those numbers may not seem ... Read More »