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NHL Northeast

Should Toronto Maple Leafs Start James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier?

One of the most dramatic battles for playing time in the NHL this season should come in the Toronto net.

In 25-year-olds James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, the Leafs have two plausible starting goalies. While they may use a platoon system for a time, eventually the team will have to choose which netminder it prefers for the No. 1 job.

How Loui Eriksson Will Impact Boston Bruins in 2013-14 Season

Posted 09/09/2013 - 14:42 by HockeyPolls

The summer addition of Loui Eriksson makes the Boston Bruins a much stronger Stanley Cup contender than the team that came within two wins of another championship last season.

Is Jonathan Bernier Ready for the Pressure Cooker in Toronto?

Jonathan Bernier should be enjoying his last days of a relatively peaceful existence.

As soon as training camp opens for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bernier will soon learn about life in the fish bowl. And all eyes will be staring at Bernier, as he makes his claim to be the Leafs' No. 1 goalie.

Pros and Cons of the Montreal Canadiens' Deal with Douglas Murray

Posted 08/24/2013 - 11:21 by HockeyPolls

When the Montreal Canadiens signed Douglas Murray to a one-year, $1.5 million deal this past Thursday, they made a statement.

It was a pretty nonsensical statement, essentially something along the lines of: “We want to win right now, but only with older, slower players getting us there.” But it was a statement nonetheless.

Montreal Canadiens' Special Teams: What's to Love and Hate

The Montreal Canadiens had an up-and-down season on special teams in 2013. 

Their power play was dominant. The Habs rode the brilliant play of defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban to the second-most power-play goals in the league. Their scoring rate of 20.7 percent ranked them fifth overall in the NHL

5 Available Free Agents Who Would Help Montreal Canadiens in 2013-14

Posted 08/19/2013 - 22:00 by HockeyPolls

The free-agent frenzy of early July has died down to a veritable calm and the Montreal Canadiens appear pretty much done with all their offseason shopping.

What if they weren’t though?

Even though October is a mere month-and-a-half away, there are still a lot of available free agents who could help the Canadiens and be good fits in Montrealassuming of course they were able to fit under the salary cap.

The 5 Biggest Villains in Boston Bruins History

Posted 08/19/2013 - 18:19 by HockeyPolls

For every hero, there's a villain, and every person has an enemy. Superman has Lex Luthor, Allen Iverson had practice, P.J. Carlesimo had Latrell Sprewell and Lamar Odom has Totino's Pizza Rolls.

Bruins fans know who their heroes are. But who are the enemies of the storied franchise? Which players have inflicted the most pain (literally and figuratively) on Boston and its fans?

How Injection of Youth Will Impact Boston Bruins' Blue Line in 2013-14 Season

Posted 08/19/2013 - 15:12 by HockeyPolls

The Boston Bruins' blue line underwent a transformation during last year's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Buffalo Sabres 2013-14 Preview: Forwards

Posted 08/19/2013 - 12:33 by HockeyPolls

Last year, the Buffalo Sabres by no means lit up the scoreboard. 

Ranking 21st in the league in scoring, the Sabres offense, while at times showing flashes of dominance, was far too inconsistent to allow the Sabres to compete for the playoffs. 

The 5 Biggest Villains in Montreal Canadiens History

The Montreal Canadiens have never been known as one of the tougher teams in the NHL. Instead, they have a storied history based around skilled players and the championships they brought to the city.

Among these stars, however, have also been some villainous characters, ranging from dirty players everyone hated playing against to brute enforcers, who were some of the toughest in hockey history. 

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