The players want this, and the owners want that. So it goes. At this point, the NHL season isn’t a sure thing. In a sports landscape where the league needs all the fans it can get, Bill Littlefield explains why the NHL can’t afford the stay off the ice.
With the Stanley Cup Finals underway, the Kings are captivating the hockey world, while the three-time champion Devils are viewed as underdogs. Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger talks with Bill Littlefield about the series.
The Vancouver Canucks had the best regular season record in the NHL, but that didn’t help them when they faced the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs. Only A Game’s Susan Valot takes a look at how long the Kings can carry on.
The San Jose Sharks have made the playoffs 13 times in the last 14 years, but they can’t seem to get into the Stanley Cup Finals. David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News joins Bill LIttlefield to talk about why the Sharks always seem to fade during the postseason.
The New York Rangers had the best record in the NHL’s Eastern Conference this season, and look to be one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Jeff Klein of the New York Times joins us to talk about the Rangers’ chances this postseason.
The regular season wraps up this weekend, and the chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins in earnest when the puck drops on the playoffs next week. We called Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times for her take on the NHL season.
Normally, the Cowboys play football and the Indians play baseball. But in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, real cowboys and Indians play hockey in a game that honors their shared history. Amy Jo Ehman has the story.
Athletes have long found themselves in legal trouble for what they do on their own time. But, as the recently abandoned case against Lance Armstrong shows, prosecuting athletes for transgressions that occur during competition is a tricky affair. Bill Littlefield has the story.
No, Wayne Gretzky isn’t dead just yet. Roy MacGregor was Gretzky’s ghost writer for the hockey legend’s newspaper column. MacGregor joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book.
Helene Elliott of the LA Times joins Bill to talk about some of the good and some of the bad this NHL season. Why are the Rangers so good? And why are the Blue Jackets so bad?