Stanley Cup Final Caucus: Conn Smythe favourite

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Anze Kopitar leads the playoffs in points. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Who will it be? Who will earn the title as the NHL playoffs’ most valuable player? That’s what the latest NHL caucus discusses on USA Today. Drew Doughty was a solid favourite among the panel with Anze Kopitar and Henrik Lundqvist also receiving votes.  Read more of this post

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Stanley Cup Final Caucus: Do Kings or Rangers have coaching edge?

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Darryl Sutter has the playoff experience to lead his Kings to another Cup. (Kirby Lee/US PRESSWIRE)

The panel – reunited in this Stanley Cup Final special – discusses which team has the coach edge. Is it Alain Vigneault and the New York Rangers or Darryl Sutter and the Los Angeles Kings? While most of the panel agreed that Sutter and his Stanley Cup history has the upper hand, there was one who put Vigneault’s determination and experience on top.  Read more of this post

NHL Caucus: Stanley Cup Predictions

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NHL’s 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Logo. (Logo belongs to the NHL)

Back again, the USA Today panel discusses who they believe has the upper hand in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals. Nearly unanimous, the Los Angeles Kings seemed to be the sure favourites about the panel’s writers. While the majority did choose the Kings, no one could’ve predicted the extent to which the Kings have dominated in this series.  Read more of this post

NHL Caucus: Conference finals’ most exciting in-game matchups

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Drew Doughty is the main piece on a Kings’ strong defence. (Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

The little men may have been the most exciting battle in the Eastern Conference Finals. Martin St. Louis – the new guy – has the power of emotion on his side. Playing with his heart on the line he’s going up against Montreal’s Daniel Briere – a man with something to prove.  Read more of this post

NHL Caucus: Which second-round playoff series is most intriguing?

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The Subban-Marchand battle is just the beginning of the hatred between Boston and Montreal. (Jared Wickerham // Getty Images)

Part of the great USA Today playoff panel once again, we talked about the best second-round series for fans and media to watch out for. This has been arguably the best playoffs in terms of comebacks and all-around entertainment.

Boston-Montreal. Los Angeles-Anaheim. These are the two series it came down to with the panel. State rivals in California and an Original Six matchup – who’s to say they won’t be equally entertaining. Me? I went with Boston-Montreal. Montreal is the last surviving Canadian team and we all know the hatred existing between Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban.  Read more of this post

NHL Caucus: Who faces the most playoff pressure? (USA Today)

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Marc-Andre Fleury’s post-season struggles are well-documented. (Vincent Pugliese//Getty Images)

Through my position at The Hockey Writers, I was given the opportunity to be part of a panel on USA Today’s hockey page looking at players entering the NHL playoffs with the most pressure on their shoulders. The panel included opinion and analysis from myself, along with DobberHockey.com‘s Rick Roos and USA Today writers Mike Brehm and Kevin Allen.

Roos’ pick was Semyon Varlamov, while Brehm and Allen picked Martin St. Louis and Marc-Andre Fleury respectively. With St. Louis’ struggles since the trade, he’s someone who I also considered. Fleury has had his well-documented struggles in the post-season and was therefore also on my list. Varlamov, however, wasn’t on my radar until this article was published.  Read more of this post

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