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McKenna’s NHL Mailbag & Digest 5/15/2018

McKenna’s weekly NHL Mailbag will be open via Twitter Wednesday through Friday for the remainder of the 2018 NHL season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. To have an NHL related question featured in Hooked On Hockey Magazine tweet to @KMcKenna_tLT5 by using the hashtag #McKennasDigest.  Full HOHM Coverage  Let’s address Vegas’ potential post-2018, Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets and which former New …

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What’s better for the NHL: Vegas or Winnipeg winning the Stanley Cup in 2018?

Either the Vegas Golden Knights or Winnipeg Jets will advance to represent the Western Conference at the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. Both teams are making their first-ever appearances in the conference final, as the expansion Golden Knights have done the unthinkable and the Jets are Cup contenders seven years into the team’s existence. Vegas has made headlines for the obvious and …

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Should the Washington Capitals re-sign head coach Barry Trotz?

For the first time since 2009 a team other than the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins won’t win the Stanley Cup. It’s also been 19 seasons since the Washington Capitals have made an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals (1998), as the Capitals will face-off with the Tampa Bay Lightning in to determine who will …

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Bruins’ Brad Marchand gets in Ryan Callahan’s face in Game 4 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Brad Marchand is at it again, and he sure knows how to make the headlines. The Hallifax, Nova Scotia native appears to have a new trademark lately, which entails borderline licking or kissing his opponents somewhere in the face region. Just ask Tampa Bay Lightning forward, Ryan Callahan, about Marchand’s latest antics. Marchand and Callahan began to get in each …

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Did Predators’ Pekka Rinne make the biggest save of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Just two nights ago Nashville watched its 2018 President’s Trophy team surrender a 3-0 lead to the likes of the Winnipeg Jets, 7-4, in Game 3 at the Bell MTS Place in downtown Winnipeg. The Predators also witnessed their (normally) cool and collected goaltender in Pekka Rinne show signs of frustrations in the surprising loss. Entering Game 4, and trailing …

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Catching Up With the Grand Rapids Griffins (Including Q&A With Vili Saarijarvi)

The Grand Rapids Griffins qualified for the playoffs after winning the Calder Cup as American League champions last season. They face a do-or-die Game 5 tonight, as their First Round series with the Manitoba Moose is tied at two games apiece. Below is my interview with Finnish defenseman Vili Saarijarvi, followed by my regular season assessments of various Griffins players. …

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The UNABRIDGED history of the Capitals and Penguins playoff history

For many younger hockey fans the Penguins vs Capitals rivalry started when superstars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin came into the league for their respective teams. However, the history of the two teams meeting up in the playoffs stems back much further with the Penguins getting the last laugh nearly every playoff series. Here’s how we got to where we …

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McKenna’s NHL Mailbag and Digest 4/25/2018

McKenna’s weekly NHL Mailbag will be open via Twitter Wednesday through Friday for the remainder of the 2018 NHL season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. To have an NHL related question featured in Hooked On Hockey Magazine tweet to @KMcKenna_tLT5 by using the hashtag #McKennasDigest.  The Calgary Flames have a new head coach, and three finalists have been named for the 2018 Vezina …

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VIDEO: Mike Babcock’s memorable press conference after Game 6 win over Boston

The Toronto Maple Leafs and head coach Mike Babcock delivered a Game 6 victory, 3-1, on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and when the city needed something to cheer for most. The Maple Leafs entered the contest trailing the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Round One of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and in a memorable effort …

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VIDEO: Blue Jackets’ John Tortorella Press Conference After Game 5 Loss

It was just seven days ago when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Head Coach John Tortorella were all smiles, after the team had completed its second-straight overtime victory to take a 2-0 series lead against the Washington Capitals in round-one of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now, one week later, the Blue Jackets find themselves losers of three straight (two overtime …

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A Third Straight Overtime Game Was A Blessing For the Washington Capitals

There’s no doubting that the most entertaining first round series of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Washington Capitals. Considering that the Capitals blew another third period lead in Game 3, most NHL fans alike probably thought that the odds were against Alex Ovechkin and company to pull back within one game of …

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Should The New York Rangers Hire Scott Stevens As Their Next Head Coach?

Over the last decade the New York Rangers have had three different head coaches man the team’s bench on Broadway (Tom Renney, John Tortorella & Alain Vigneault), and all of whom had success leading the Rangers to numerous Stanley Cup Playoff appearances. However, New York only reached the Stanley Cup Finals (2014) once during that span — and was unable …

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Detroit Prospect Joe Hicketts Impressed in Short Time With Red Wings

Joe Hicketts impressed in his short stay in Detroit. The small defenseman plays much bigger than he is, and is never afraid to play the body on his opponent. He demonstrated his booming slap shot and sound positioning. Having played the rest of the year with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American League, he adjusted seemingly with ease to …

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Las Vegas Statue of Liberty Wears Golden Knights Jersey For Stanley Cup Playoffs

Since the inception of the Vegas Golden Knights during the NHL’s 2017 offseason, the Golden Knights have been nothing short of entertaining both on and off of the ice. From the get-go, hockey fans across the world soon learned that the team’s Twitter account had already set the bar high prior to Vegas even having a single player on its …

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