We know Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin will always be bona fide Cup threats, but is there anyone out there who can harass these young studs? Here are our East projections.
The winners have moved on to the second round, but what about the losers? We measure the degrees of anger for those with early trips to the golf course.
This isn't about advancing, or making the finals, but about winning the Cup. These are our Stanley Cup odds.
As always, the NHL generated its share of headlines during the calendar year. Terry Frei pays final regards to the top stories of 2008.
So has the NHL gotten the most out of the "dream" Stanley Cup finals matchup between the Penguins and Red Wings? Terry Frei says not exactly.
It's not necessarily Marty Turco's fault the Stars are down 3-0 against the Wings in the West finals. But the Dallas netminder hasn't exactly helped his team's cause.
Mike Ribeiro's slashing of Chris Osgood only validated the Dallas Stars' palpable frustrations as they fell into an 0-2 hole. But for the Red Wings, the task is straightforward: maintain focus and discipline.
When the Stars and Red Wings take the ice Thursday, a true on-ice Western Conference rivalry will be renewed.
This offseason, Joe Sakic will have a much more difficult time deciding whether to come back to the NHL. Whenever he does make a choice, it will be on his own terms.
When it comes to the Hockey Hall of Fame, it sometimes isn't about whom you leave out. This year, with such an impressive class, it is.
Baseline Road? The In-N-Out on Brookhurst Street? Inside Doug Neidermeyer's dorm room? They might all be a part of Terry Frei's Stanley Cup tour.
There has been a Peter Forsberg sighting in Denver! Does that mean Foppa is considering an Avs return? Regardless of the team, Terry Frei believes he'll be back.
Besides the normal playoff pressures teams will face in the conference finals, Terry Frei says the final four will have to deal with more -- the respective curses that follow them.
We suspect NHLers such as Todd Bertuzzi made bold resolutions for 2007. Terry Frei pretends he knows what they are.
The NHL still has some things to improve, and what better launching point than these Cup finals.
Terry Frei has been enjoying the Stanley Cup finals, but he has a few suggestions for the league to consider.