“Don’t worry y’all, James got fined too.”
The Edmonton Oilers’ 2020 NHL season ended poorly, as the team’s promising Stanley Cup hopes died abruptly when they were eliminated in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers to the 12 seed, Chicago Blackhawks. The bad news for the Oilers continues a week after the Stanley Cup Playoffs have ended, as their captain and arguably the current face of the NHL, Connor McDavid, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
24 teams traveled to the two NHL bubbles at the end of September to start the NHL postseason, and seven weeks later, we are down to two teams. With the Stanley Cup Final starting on Saturday, the Stanley Cup will be awarded to a new team before the end of September. The Dallas Stars are looking for their second Stanley Cup Championship, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for their second cup as well. With puck drop imminent, who will be crowned the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion?
With the Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers, and Vancouver Canucks all coming back from 3-1 series deficits to tie them at 3-3, we will be treated to three Game 7s over the next two days. The winners of the Avalanche vs. Stars and Canucks vs. Golden Knights games will go on to play each other in the Western Conference Final while the winner of the Flyers vs. Islanders game will play the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. Out of these six teams, who will be advancing to the penultimate round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
Slightly to the surprise of fans, Alex Ovechkin, has been named the cover athlete of NHL 21, or CHEL, as it’s known to fans. This is the second time Ovechkin has been on the cover of EA’s NHL game, the third counting the time he was on the cover of NHL 09 games sold in Russia. The first time Ovechkin was back in 2006 was when he was on the cover of NHL 07.
With the NHL and NHLPA reaching a new collective bargaining agreement, it looks like NHL players will be able to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Players were unable to play in the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics, as commissioner, Gary Bettman refused to create a break in the NHL schedule for the games. The new collective bargaining agreement, however, looks like it will allow for a break in the schedule so players will be able to participate in the Olympics without missing any of the NHL season.
The Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Islanders in a 4-0 loss Thursday night. The Capitals managed to avoid getting swept after going down 3-0 in the series, but they couldn’t stave off elimination as they were bounced from the postseason after Game 5. After I had this Capitals team beating the Islanders and moving onto the second round, let’s take a look at why they were absolutely embarrassed by this Islanders team.
While the Carolina Hurricanes were technically the underdogs in their first-round matchup against the Boston Bruins, many believed, myself included, that the red-hot Hurricanes would steamroll the slumping Bruins. Yet the Bruins managed to extinguish the Hurricanes playoff push with relative ease, as they won the best-of-seven series in only five games. Let’s take a look at how a Bruins team that didn’t win any of their round-robin games beat the Hurricanes who I had making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Final in Edmonton.