1. NHL Playoff Debate: Are the Kings the Best Team in the West Right Now?

    The last time the NHL saw an eighth seed become a legitimate Stanley Cup contender was back in 2006, when the Edmonton Oilers defied expectations and advanced all the way to the finals, only to fall to the Carolina Hurricanes ...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about 2 years ago 1,795 reads 35 comments

  2. NHL Playoffs 2012: Are the Predators Better Without Radulov and Kostitsyn?

    For all intents and purposes, the Nashville Predators had yet to experience any significant setbacks this season prior to the Andrei Kostitsyn/Alexander Radulov incident...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about 2 years ago 1,264 reads 15 comments

  3. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Devils Need Kovalchuk to Produce More to Win the Cup

    What had been speculated for the past week was all but confirmed on Monday: The New Jersey Devils ' highest-paid player is hurt. Ilya Kovalchuk , the $100 million man, has been receiving "therapy" of some kind, according to a team spokesman...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about 2 years ago 402 reads 3 comments

  4. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Competitive Balance Exemplified in First Round

    More than half of the teams in the National Hockey League make it to the playoffs each spring, but there are often only a handful or so that have a legitimate shot of winning the Stanley Cup...

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  5. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Key Takeaways from Sharks vs. Blues Game 3

    The St. Louis Blues took down the San Jose Sharks on Monday night in the third game of the 2012 playoffs, defeating their Western Conference rival 4-3...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about 2 years ago 989 reads 3 comments

  6. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Brendan Shanahan Taking Wrong Approach to Discipline

    With head injuries garnering so much attention over the past year, the NHL has been trying hard to convince the world that significant strides are being made towards improving on-ice safety...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about 2 years ago 346 reads 2 comments

  7. Arkansas Razorbacks: Bobby Petrino's Family Falls Victim to Coach's Actions

    UPDATE: The University of Arkansas has dismissed Bobby Petrino , as per ESPN's Joe Schad . It's one thing to betray a football team—it's another to betray one's own family...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about 2 years ago 8,855 reads 5 comments

  8. NHL Offseason: 5 Teams That Will Be Active This Summer

    With the 2011-12 regular season in the books, the summer is fast approaching. While there remains an exciting playoff schedule on the horizon, it's never too early to look towards ...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about 2 years ago 709 reads 3 comments

  9. NHL: 10 Most Disappointing Players of 2011-12 Season

    The 2011-12 regular season is reaching its end, and the results we've seen thus far are more than enough to determine who has lived up to expectations and who hasn't...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 5,034 reads 33 comments

  10. St. Louis Blues: Should Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott or Both Play in Playoffs?

    The 2012 NHL playoffs are nearly upon us, and the St. Louis Blues are sitting pretty atop the Western Conference...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 1,423 reads 8 comments

  11. NHL Playoffs 2012: Red Wings and Predators Likely To Face off in First Round

    The Western Conference playoff picture is beginning to take shape. Led by Tomas Holmstrom's two goals, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, clinching ...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 964 reads 8 comments

  12. Calgary Flames Set on Clinching 2012 Playoff Berth

    The game-plan is simple for the Calgary Flames —win, and get in. After a slow start out of the gate, Jay Feaster's team has been outside the top eight in the Western Conference for most of the year...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 446 reads 4 comments

  13. Carolina Hurricanes' Recent Play Bodes Well for 2012-13 Playoff Chances

    Four months ago, the Carolina Hurricanes were among the worst teams in the NHL . Is it possible they've already become one of the best? Led by a fresh face behind the bench ...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 637 reads 3 comments

  14. Philadelphia Flyers: Watch Scott Hartnell End Penguins' 11-Game Win Streak

    Scott Hartnell scored the game-winning goal against the Penguins on Sunday with just 0.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over their cross-state rival...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 1,416 reads 7 comments

  15. NHL Players: Sidney Crosby Still the Best in the League

    According to a poll conducted by The Hockey News , the NHL players have voted Sidney Crosby as the league's top player right now, despite having skated in only nine games this year...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 239 reads 52 comments

  16. Gary Bettman, NHL Need to Fix Growing Salary Cap Problem

    The NHL board of governors held its annual owners meeting in Boca Raton, Florida this week, and among the topics discussed was the salary cap and the potential changes that could be made to its structure...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 604 reads 16 comments

  17. Atlanta Falcons: It's Time to Question Matt Ryan's Abilities

    It's been four years since the Falcons selected Matt Ryan third overall in the NFL draft, and while he's achieved a moderate level of success in his time in Atlanta, the former ...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 2,404 reads 26 comments

  18. NHL Commentary: Two Simple Rule Changes Could Drastically Cut Down Injuries

    In the midst of the most financially successful season the NHL has ever experienced, a dark cloud continues to loom large across the hockey world. Injuries—most notably concussions—have been discussed more than ever this year...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 402 reads 3 comments

  19. Carolina Hurricanes Need to Add Goal-Scorer to Contend in 2012-13

    The Carolina Hurricanes ’ 2011-12 season will undoubtedly end after 82 games, but their recent progress has fans optimistic about next year, and subsequently their 2013 playoff chances...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 518 reads 7 comments

  20. MLB Spring Training 2012: Chipper Jones 'Fat Photo' Has Been Overblown

    When Chipper Jones arrived at spring training on Thursday, he was suffering from severe sunburns that prohibited him from even swinging a bat...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 2,622 reads 6 comments

  21. NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Carolina Hurricanes Hold onto Spacek and Allen

    Looking a month into the past, it seemed as if the Carolina Hurricanes would be one of the most active teams at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 186 reads 0 comments

  22. Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Faulk Needs to Be Considered for Rookie of the Year

    Justin Faulk may have solidified himself as a bona fide NHL player over the past few months, but many people throughout the hockey world are still unaware of who he is and how much talent he has...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 579 reads 0 comments

  23. Boston Bruins: Tuukka Rask Slowly Progressing Towards Starting Job

    Despite his age and lack of experience, Tuukka Rask may very well be one of the best goaltenders in the NHL ...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 623 reads 0 comments

  24. NHL Commentary: Carolina Hurricanes Playing Postseason-Worthy Hockey

    With a 12-7-5 record since December 23, the Carolina Hurricanes have quietly been playing great hockey, on pace for a 99-point season during this span...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 324 reads 3 comments

  25. Red Wings' Lack of Success on the Road Means More Than Home Winning Streak

    The Red Wings may have won 21 games in a row in Detroit, but it's their performance on the road that will likely determine their fate in the 2012 playoffs...

    Andrew Hirsh Written by Andrew Hirsh about over 2 years ago 233 reads 10 comments