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Corey Collard, Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle, Coach K and Paolo Mingarelli sat in studio to breakdown the Central Conference, where the Blackhawks may have their way again. The boys also delve into Habs' Camp, and the rookies that will be attending.

MHT – 2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Central – Sept. 9th, 2013

Corey Collard, Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle, Coach K and Paolo Mingarelli sat in studio to breakdown the Central Conference, where the Blackhawks may have their way again. The boys also delve into Habs’ Camp, and the rookies that will be attending.

Of the new divisions, the Pacific will be one of the more offensive, boasting an abundance of top tier talent with a solid mix of skill. The standings may appear streaky for most of the season, however, by the end of it all, it should come down to the Kings at the top with a lot of possibilities surrounding the teams who follow.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan

Of the new divisions, the Pacific will be one of the more offensive, boasting an abundance of top tier talent with a solid mix of skill. The standings may appear streaky for most of the season, however, by the end of it all, it should come down to the Kings at the top with a lot of possibilities surrounding the teams who follow.

Generational talents such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin come around ever so rarely and to have one of them playing for your club is exceptional. To have both is something Pens fans have cherished since both debuts, especially after they helped return the Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh in 2009.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – Pittsburgh Penguins

Generational talents such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin come around ever so rarely and to have one of them playing for your club is exceptional. To have both is something Pens fans have cherished since both debuts, especially after they helped return the Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh in 2009.

The pressure of the big apple and being an original six franchise puts immense scrutiny on the Rangers who brought in a new bench boss-Alain Vignault, to move them to the next step-the Stanley Cup.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – New York Rangers

The pressure of the big apple and being an original six franchise puts immense scrutiny on the Rangers who brought in a new bench boss-Alain Vignault, to move them to the next step-the Stanley Cup.

The Capitals had a few fans worried, including GM McPhee, in the early part of the last season. Criticism of head coach Adam Oates, the play of Alexander Ovechkin and the moves made by management to address their performance in the playoffs have all been under scrutiny.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – Washington Capitals

The Capitals had a few fans worried, including GM McPhee, in the early part of the last season. Criticism of head coach Adam Oates, the play of Alexander Ovechkin and the moves made by management to address their performance in the playoffs have all been under scrutiny.

This off season was quite a roller coaster for Devils fans that were overjoyed with the acquisition of their heir, Cory Schneider to current, hall of famer, Martin Brodeur. Hurt by the loss of David Clarkson heading north to Toronto and stunned by the retirement of star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, Devil fans were on the other hand delighted by the resigning of lifetime Devil Patrick Elias, and the entry of a new ownership group assuring the franchise’s future in the Jersey area. For most teams any of these headlines would mark the off-season of an organization. To have all of them occur in one summer is absolutely stunning.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – New Jersey Devils

This off season was quite a roller coaster for Devils fans that were overjoyed with the acquisition of their heir, Cory Schneider to current, hall of famer, Martin Brodeur. Hurt by the loss of David Clarkson heading north to Toronto and stunned by the retirement of star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, Devil fans were on the other hand delighted by the resigning of lifetime Devil Patrick Elias, and the entry of a new ownership group assuring the franchise’s future in the Jersey area. For most teams any of these headlines would mark the off-season of an organization. To have all of them occur in one summer is absolutely stunning.

This young squad made a good impression in last year’s playoffs. The young team took Pittsburgh to 7- a strong argument for the level of progression. Yet, it’s still early to tell if the young core can handle the 82 game work load and stay in the playoff hunt. It is also hard to believe that next season the Islanders have a full roster and over 15 million in cap space to work with. But that’s exactly what GM Garth Snow.He assembled a team that plays a fast paced style of hockey. They have a young core in their forward group, their defenseman are quickly becoming more NHL ready as seasons pass and the only area that needs fine tuning is goaltending.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – New York Islanders

This young squad made a good impression in last year’s playoffs. The young team took Pittsburgh to 7- a strong argument for the level of progression. Yet, it’s still early to tell if the young core can handle the 82 game work load and stay in the playoff hunt. It is also hard to believe that next season the Islanders have a full roster and over 15 million in cap space to work with. But that’s exactly what GM Garth Snow.He assembled a team that plays a fast paced style of hockey. They have a young core in their forward group, their defenseman are quickly becoming more NHL ready as seasons pass and the only area that needs fine tuning is goaltending.

Last season, surely a short season, the Canes failed to perform in front of the home crowd and posted a 9-14-1 record in Raleigh. A team that usually performs well on home ice can likely associate this dip in hometown strength to the loss of (G) Cam Ward to injury, limiting him to 17 starts in the shortened season. With a healthy Cam Ward and an improved forward group, the Canes look to this year as an improvement.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – Carolina Hurricanes

Last season, surely a short season, the Canes failed to perform in front of the home crowd and posted a 9-14-1 record in Raleigh. A team that usually performs well on home ice can likely associate this dip in hometown strength to the loss of (G) Cam Ward to injury, limiting him to 17 starts in the shortened season. With a healthy Cam Ward and an improved forward group, the Canes look to this year as an improvement.

The Metropolitan division will have its new share of visitors: the Columbus Blue Jackets are one of them. During their tenure in the west, they made the post-season once and ended last season 1 point shy of the playoffs. The NHL hopes a change of scenery will provide their organization with a chance to become regulars in the chase for Lord Stanley’s hardware. Equipped with the Vezina winning goalie and good up and coming talent there is no question expectations from fans are a little higher this year.  But then, old Atlantic is known to be one tough division to play in.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – Columbus Blue Jackets

The Metropolitan division will have its new share of visitors: the Columbus Blue Jackets are one of them. During their tenure in the west, they made the post-season once and ended last season 1 point shy of the playoffs. The NHL hopes a change of scenery will provide their organization with a chance to become regulars in the chase for Lord Stanley’s hardware. Equipped with the Vezina winning goalie and good up and coming talent there is no question expectations from fans are a little higher this year. But then, old Atlantic is known to be one tough division to play in.

It’s hard to believe that two seasons ago the Flyers backup would be winning the Vezina trophy in 2013. But that is exactly what happened with Sergei Bobrovsky. A team that is constantly on the search for a #1 does not seem to take a break. This season they approached Ray Emery who made a comeback playing in Chicago and even got Steve Mason from Columbus.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Metropolitan – Phildelphia Flyers

It’s hard to believe that two seasons ago the Flyers backup would be winning the Vezina trophy in 2013. But that is exactly what happened with Sergei Bobrovsky. A team that is constantly on the search for a #1 does not seem to take a break. This season they approached Ray Emery who made a comeback playing in Chicago and even got Steve Mason from Columbus.

Paolo Mingarelli is in studio to discuss the new NHL Pacific Conference with Corey Collard, Steven Hindle, Coach K and Nick Murdocco, fresh off his vacation. The boys also discuss the situation with Carey Price and the contract negotiations (or lack thereof) of P.K. Subban.

MHT – 2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Pacific – Sept. 5th, 2013

Paolo Mingarelli is in studio to discuss the new NHL Pacific Conference with Corey Collard, Steven Hindle, Coach K and Nick Murdocco, fresh off his vacation. The boys also discuss the situation with Carey Price and the contract negotiations (or lack thereof) of P.K. Subban.

Of the new divisions, the Pacific will be one of the more offensive, boasting an abundance of top tier talent with a solid mix of skill. The standings may appear streaky for most of the season, however, by the end of it all, it should come down to the Kings at the top with a lot of possibilities surrounding the teams who follow.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Central

Of the new divisions, the Pacific will be one of the more offensive, boasting an abundance of top tier talent with a solid mix of skill. The standings may appear streaky for most of the season, however, by the end of it all, it should come down to the Kings at the top with a lot of possibilities surrounding the teams who follow.

The Blackhawks are a team that provides so much depth they were able to exchange their cup winning goal scorer Dave Bolland for draft choices. Bolland’s production during the season should not be overshadowed by his final goal as a hawk. Regardless of the players that have left the organization, they have done a great job at putting a product on the ice that has been a contender for the last several years and their drafting and farm system has done a great job at making sure this continues to be a trend in the windy city.

2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are a team that provides so much depth they were able to exchange their cup winning goal scorer Dave Bolland for draft choices. Bolland’s production during the season should not be overshadowed by his final goal as a hawk. Regardless of the players that have left the organization, they have done a great job at putting a product on the ice that has been a contender for the last several years and their drafting and farm system has done a great job at making sure this continues to be a trend in the windy city.

Management in St-Louis has made all the right moves to create a quality team. They are on the rise and are entering the window that could see them become contenders this year and for years to come. A Stanley Cup winning coach in Ken Hitchcock along with a bolstered blueline and a group of gritty forwards seem to be the recipe for most Hitchcock teams, who use a defense first mentality to win. They finished in the top 5 for goals against and top 10 on the penalty kill. The power-play saw improvement during the season with the team  jumpingfrom 19th to 12th rank.Given that base, expect better results from  continued growth in the core of the team.

2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – St. Louis Blues

Management in St-Louis has made all the right moves to create a quality team. They are on the rise and are entering the window that could see them become contenders this year and for years to come. A Stanley Cup winning coach in Ken Hitchcock along with a bolstered blueline and a group of gritty forwards seem to be the recipe for most Hitchcock teams, who use a defense first mentality to win. They finished in the top 5 for goals against and top 10 on the penalty kill. The power-play saw improvement during the season with the team jumpingfrom 19th to 12th rank.Given that base, expect better results from continued growth in the core of the team.

To think that a team can lose a Norris candidate to the market one year and then, one season later, draft the most NHL ready defenseman in the draft is heartwarming. Seth Jones was ranked #1 in the 2013 draft and many were surprised to see him fall to #4 but none more than Preds management who jumped on the opportunity to bring back the Defense that has brought them to the playoffs the 3 previous seasons. With a lot of potential prospects making the jump on offense there is some concern of their NHL readiness. Bringing back the defense first mentality is the best way to get the Nashville crowd back into playoff madness.

2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Nashville Predators

To think that a team can lose a Norris candidate to the market one year and then, one season later, draft the most NHL ready defenseman in the draft is heartwarming. Seth Jones was ranked #1 in the 2013 draft and many were surprised to see him fall to #4 but none more than Preds management who jumped on the opportunity to bring back the Defense that has brought them to the playoffs the 3 previous seasons. With a lot of potential prospects making the jump on offense there is some concern of their NHL readiness. Bringing back the defense first mentality is the best way to get the Nashville crowd back into playoff madness.

The Dallas Stars have a new coach, a new general manager, new uniforms and also a new #1 center. It’s rare that teams are willing to trade a second overall selection especially if it’s a highly touted center man who has a Stanley cup ring in his career. But that is exactly what the Stars received when they sent off long time star and winger Loui Eriksson, along with prospects, over to Boston for Tyler Seguin, along with center Rich Peverley to add to their depth chart. Over the years they had little depth down the middle and even slotted skilled winger Jamie Benn as a center last season. This season GM Jim Nill has taken care of that. The big question will be on Defense in the lone star state: whether this group of players can pull together under new head coach Lindy Ruff, who after being the longest tenured coach in the NHL has a new home, and will confirm prove his hockey mind is still one of the best  in the game.

2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars have a new coach, a new general manager, new uniforms and also a new #1 center. It’s rare that teams are willing to trade a second overall selection especially if it’s a highly touted center man who has a Stanley cup ring in his career. But that is exactly what the Stars received when they sent off long time star and winger Loui Eriksson, along with prospects, over to Boston for Tyler Seguin, along with center Rich Peverley to add to their depth chart. Over the years they had little depth down the middle and even slotted skilled winger Jamie Benn as a center last season. This season GM Jim Nill has taken care of that. The big question will be on Defense in the lone star state: whether this group of players can pull together under new head coach Lindy Ruff, who after being the longest tenured coach in the NHL has a new home, and will confirm prove his hockey mind is still one of the best in the game.

The Blackhawks are a team that provides so much depth they were able to exchange their cup winning goal scorer Dave Bolland for draft choices. Bolland’s production during the season should not be overshadowed by his final goal as a hawk. Regardless of the players that have left the organization, they have done a great job at putting a product on the ice that has been a contender for the last several years and their drafting and farm system has done a great job at making sure this continues to be a trend in the windy city.

2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Minnesota Wild

The Blackhawks are a team that provides so much depth they were able to exchange their cup winning goal scorer Dave Bolland for draft choices. Bolland’s production during the season should not be overshadowed by his final goal as a hawk. Regardless of the players that have left the organization, they have done a great job at putting a product on the ice that has been a contender for the last several years and their drafting and farm system has done a great job at making sure this continues to be a trend in the windy city.

Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy are back. Although it would be many hockey fans’ dreams to see them play again, they are reprising their roles with the Avs in coaching and hockey operations. They will no doubt have a lot of work to do to make the team a contender like it was in the glory days of the mid 90’s early 00’s, but then, they have a lot of tools to make that dream a reality much sooner than later. Competing with the Chicago Blackhawks and St Louis Blues will be a tough test this season since the latter teams are putting together strong cup contending rosters.

2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Colorado Avalanche

Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy are back. Although it would be many hockey fans’ dreams to see them play again, they are reprising their roles with the Avs in coaching and hockey operations. They will no doubt have a lot of work to do to make the team a contender like it was in the glory days of the mid 90’s early 00’s, but then, they have a lot of tools to make that dream a reality much sooner than later. Competing with the Chicago Blackhawks and St Louis Blues will be a tough test this season since the latter teams are putting together strong cup contending rosters.

Winnipeg will rely heavily on its ability to play well on home ice. The Jets have a lot of pieces that work for them but to compete in a full schedule against the teams in the division who have more pieces and are slightly ahead in significant areas will be a daunting task.

2013-2014 NHL Conference Previews – Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg will rely heavily on its ability to play well on home ice. The Jets have a lot of pieces that work for them but to compete in a full schedule against the teams in the division who have more pieces and are slightly ahead in significant areas will be a daunting task.

Of the new divisions, the Pacific will be one of the more offensive, boasting an abundance of top tier talent with a solid mix of skill. The standings may appear streaky for most of the season, however, by the end of it all, it should come down to the Kings at the top with a lot of possibilities surrounding the teams who follow.

NHL 2013-2014 Conference Previews – Pacific

Of the new divisions, the Pacific will be one of the more offensive, boasting an abundance of top tier talent with a solid mix of skill. The standings may appear streaky for most of the season, however, by the end of it all, it should come down to the Kings at the top with a lot of possibilities surrounding the teams who follow.

Sean Lloyd joins Corey Collard, Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle and Coach K, in the final installment of our Sochi 2014 previews, to take a look at what Team Canada will look like, and where they will finish at the coming Olympic Men's Hockey Tournament.

MHT – Team Canada Sochi 2014 Preview – August 29th, 2013

Sean Lloyd joins Corey Collard, Rob Elbaz, Steven Hindle and Coach K, in the final installment of our Sochi 2014 previews, to take a look at what Team Canada will look like, and where they will finish at the coming Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament.

When I was asked by Montreal Hockey Talk to choose which country I thought would bring home the Gold medal in the upcoming Olympics, Canada jumped to mind without hesitation.

Sochi 2014 Preview – Team Canada

When I was asked by Montreal Hockey Talk to choose which country I thought would bring home the Gold medal in the upcoming Olympics, Canada jumped to mind without hesitation.

Bryan Willey of HabsAddict.com joins Corey Collard, Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K to discussthe team many believe are the favorites to win gold in Sochi, Team Russia. We also discuss the NHL Top 200 Fantasy Hockey Players and more.

MHT – Team Russia Sochi 2014 Preview – August 26th, 2013

Bryan Willey of HabsAddict.com joins Corey Collard, Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K to discussthe team many believe are the favorites to win gold in Sochi, Team Russia. We also discuss the NHL Top 200 Fantasy Hockey Players and more.

When I was asked by Montreal Hockey Talk to choose which country I thought would bring home the Gold medal in the upcoming Olympics, Canada jumped to mind without hesitation.

Sochi 2014 Preview – Team Canada

When I was asked by Montreal Hockey Talk to choose which country I thought would bring home the Gold medal in the upcoming Olympics, Canada jumped to mind without hesitation.

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