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.
Vegas continues to thrive on our doubts, and the Texas Stars recent success begs the question if farm team success even matters. In this episode, we marvel at Fleury’s stealing of a series and the possibility that the Jets were worn out from their seven game slugfest with the Predators. We then transition to talk about the Texas Stars also having an amazing goaltender in Mike McKenna and their strong chance of winning the Calder Cup. Both the Texas Stars and the Red Wings’ Grand Rapids Griffins have won Calder Cups recently. We wonder why this hasn’t translated to success at the NHL level.
The Stars have found their new head coach, and his name is Jim! Monty looks to bring a fast-paced aggressive system and be a coach that the players trust. Before we get into all of this on the episode, we discuss the historic ending of the Capitals meme of never reaching past the second round. We discuss the dominance of the Tampa Bay Lightning and our excitement to see Brad Marchand and his licking of players gone from the playoffs. We discuss the insane game 7 coming up between the Preds and Jets Thursday night. And of course we discuss the underdog or underdogs, the Vegas Golden Nights and their historic run to the conference finals. Finally, we preview some exciting things that we will be covering in the summer, whether that be the draft coverage or advanced statistics Dylan did on the stars and red wings’ season.
Taylor is back this week and the Hamburglar is back to save another team. In this episode, we cover all things playoffs. The return of the Hamburglar, the former Senator’s savior, provides hope to the Avalanche with a 42 save monster performance in his first NHL game in over a year after toiling in the AHL this season.
Playoff Updates Galore:
The shocking sweeps accomplished by the Sharks and Golden Knights, Dylan’s refusal to let go of his hope in the Maple Leafs, and the elephant in the room that is the amazingness of Taylor’s predictions that put the rest of the podcast to shame.
Lastly, we provide an update on the coaching vacancies in the league and our top candidate to be the Stars’ next coach.
Everyone is back together!
For each playoff series, we talk about the key factors that we think will decide each match-up’s fate.
Lastly, Taylor talks about what the Stars’ roster may look like next year as the stars have a couple of exciting young additions and cap space to sign free agents like the much-sought-after John Tavares.
Why do we have the mysterious lines we find on the hockey rink? Taylor and Daniel are out of town, so Dylan talks about offsides in hockey and how teams try to enter the offensive zone. AND he looks at the history of line-related rules in the NHL, their evolution over time and suggests that maybe it’s time for one more mutation: losing offsides rules to increase the speed and aggression of the game.
At the end, there’s a brief update on the stars not yet over playoff race. What Taylor would say, if he were in town:
It’s eulogy nation on this week’s Skate in the Crease.
This week we discuss the lost hopes and dreams of many a fan as we eulogize the hockey teams eliminated from the playoff race. We say goodbye to the hapless Buffalo Sabres. We say goodbye to the aging Sedin Twins and the Vancouver Canucks. We say goodbye to the tragic fall of the Ottawa Senators and the cost-cutting Eugene Melnyk. We say goodbye to the once assumed playoff team of the Detroit Red Wings and cry. We say goodbye to the previously Subban and pre-injured Price led Montreal Canadiens. We say goodbye, quite happily, to the bandwagon that is the Chicago Blackhawks. We say goodbye to the Chiarelli insanity show that is the Edmonton Oilers. Despite all of the farewells, we offer up some hope for each of these teams.
We end the episode by going over the playoff race and giving our hot takes on the future success of Colorado and the fate of the Calgary Flames.