The Red Wings and the Stars made some pretty interesting selections for the 2018 draft. The whole gang goes through the draft classes for both teams and offers their takes.
The 2018 NHL Draft has arrived! In this special extended episode, Daniel and Taylor discuss the strategies and potential targets for both the Stars and Red Wings ahead of Friday night’s festivities.
Washington won it all and we look back at the mess that was the 2017-18 season. The Capitals players, especially Alex Ovechkin, have been raucously enjoying their new hardware in ways that never cease to entertain. The season as a whole, though, took some very unexpected turns, from players suddenly reemerging to entire teams crumbling under the weight of offseason expectations. We discuss the chances of bizarre history repeating itself and pay homage to the unceremonious end to one of the NHL’s greatest careers.
Todd Nelson joins the Stars bench, further breaking Dylan’s heart, and the Capitals might have found the way to stop the Knights. In this week’s episode, we discuss how Nelson’s move from Grand Rapids to the Stars affects the team’s ability to succeed and what it shows about the state of the league as a whole. We also cover the eerily similar Texas-Toronto and Vegas-Washington finals, where the Stars are finding success on the back of incredible goaltending but Vegas is beginning to show signs of falling back to earth.
Daniel takes his controversial stand and gets shouted down by Taylor and Dylan. Who are the Dallas Stars? What does their future hold? Are they playoff bound? On this episode of Skate in the Crease, we argue about the future of the Dallas Stars (and bemoan the state of the Detroit Red Wings as well).
Big Hits Are Short-Term Fun But Damage the Game
We discuss the recent controversial hits by the Stars own Greg Pateryn and the player hated by everyone (except Bruins fans): Brad Marchand. With the NFL’s CTE controversy, we talk about wanting the NHL to take a more proactive goal in preventing player injury by discouraging these kind of big hits.
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Ron Francis is Out
We cover the recent firing of the Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis and the interesting take their new owner Tom Dundon (we, uh, called him Mike a few times) has on managing a hockey franchise. We’re hoping he kills their Darling (buy out that contract!)
The Big Rant: “The Stars won’t make the Playoffs”
Daniel feels very strongly that we’re not seeing a system or coaching failure. He believes we’re seeing players using creativity and novelty and then failing to deliver goals (y’know, the way you actually win the game). Backed up by an armful of stats, he argues his cause.
We’ll be back next week with more hot-takes, rants, and analysis.
The Seattle Expansion had an unbelievable ticket drive but fans will have high expectations after Vegas’ insane success. We’re not sure a second expansion can match the Vegas hype.
Our Playoff Hopes and Trade Outcome Analysis
We start this episode off by taking stock of the current playoff hopes of the teams around the NHL.
We look at the very early outcomes of the players moved at the trade deadline with some players thriving with their new hockey teams and others struggling to live up to the hopes of their new teams had when acquiring them.
What’s the NHL’s deal with International Hockey?
We’re still celebrating the USA Women’s Hockey Olympic Gold Medal Victory in a shootout thriller over Canada.
We go over the Olympic Athletes from Russia Men’s unsurprising gold medal amid the controversy of the NHL’s refusal to go to the Olympics and discuss the future of the NHL in the Olympics.
In Memoriam: Arizona Coyotes (10/5/17 – 3/6/18)
Then in our deep dive, we start off our eulogy series with the Arizona Coyotes, a team with big changes and a lot of hope coming into the hockey season only to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
We end the show as always with Loose Ends and Hot Takes, where we have interesting conversations about soup throwing, yes you read that right, as well as takes on the Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights.
Hockey is a love language. The grace, speed, and violence join together to create a symphony of crashing cymbals. And it’s music to our ears. Daniel, Taylor, and Dylan are Texan hockey fans. Get to know them and you might find yourself in love with the Dallas Stars (or the Detroit Red Wings!)
In this NHL Trade Deadline Spectacular, our inaugural episode, we break down the numerous and needlessly complicated trades that came in under the wire. We identify the winners and losers in each deal (a surprisingly fair trade cycle, Rick Nash disaster notwithstanding).
Lastly, we get into our weekly segment, Loose-Ends and Hot Takes, where we make our early predictions for which teams will make it to the pinnacle of hockey, Lord Stanley’s Cup itself.