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Boston Bruins: The Holdouts

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The Bruins aren’t just 17-2-0, which is impressive in and of itself. They are 17-2-0 with a vengeance. They crush opponents, rarely trail, and they have fun.

Many pundits predicted the Bruins would begin to go downhill for good this season with last season’s first-round exit, Tuukka Rask’s retirement, slew of injuries, celebrity coach firing, and aging.

But new coach Jim Montgomery has pushed younger players to buy, and Patrice Bergeron refuses to get old. And maybe while we were caught up in Bergeron’s return, some of us forgot that David Craigie would return, too. Underrated as a Bruins staple his entire career, Krejci has scored 14 points in 16 games so far this season — not to mention he’s a veteran influence on his All-Czech line. Perhaps he and fellow hater Brad Marchand and the rest of the Bruins used outs from the season as billboard material. Or maybe they’re still that good.


Toronto Maple Leafs: Just take, take

No matter how dramatic each shot is after big wins and losses, just remember that things just take. They can’t hurt us. If we turn off our phones and go outside for some fresh air, things clear up, at least for a moment. When it comes to the Maple Leafs franchise, this is a very comforting idea.

In all seriousness, the team is actually pretty good this season. Once we count to 10 and put Mitch Marner on the bench, we can calm down and appreciate it.


Tampa Bay Lightning: 30 years going strong

The Lightning turns 30 this season, and they have a lot to be proud of. Three consecutive finals and two rings to show it? not bad. The Lightning continues to survive despite the inevitable wear and tear of the aforementioned playoff runs, and Lightning fans should appreciate that.


Detroit Red Wings: In the Playoffs

We’re still not quite sure what the Red Wings are, especially after their recent four-game losing streak against really bad teams. They have a bad habit of underestimating bad teams, and they need to figure it out. But no one expects them to win the Cup this year, and even qualifying for the playoffs will be slightly ahead of schedule at Yzerplan. With young teams, coming back after a three- or four-game losing streak is always interesting, and Detroit responded with a 7-4, 6-1 win.

They’re in the American Thanksgiving playoffs, and something tells me this might hold.


Florida Panthers: Best Reverse Retros Of All Time

If I had a Florida Panthers fan in my life, I’d be excited for whatever Black Friday deal was in store for Panthers’ Reverse Retros. They nailed it perfectly, and somehow it just looks even better on the ice.


Montreal Canadiens: Dare I say, Nick Suzuki’s contract?

Nick Suzuki’s eight-year, $63 million contract has been controversial since the jump – it’s a relatively big swing for someone who needs to establish himself as a major center. But the cap is set to rise in the next few years, and Suzuki leads Montreal with 11 goals and 23 points in 18 games. Patience guys.


Buffalo Sabers: Billings

Raise your hand if you feel cheated again by the start of the Buffalo Sabers. I told myself that I wouldn’t fall for her this time, but then again I’m a fool.

I tried to stay the course until maybe the sixth game on their eight losing streak. And for the record, no team in NHL history has ever lost eight straight games and made the playoffs.

We’ve seen this before, yet it still hurts like the first time. Saber, it’s not me, it’s you. We part for good. The guy in the street may not be perfect, but at least he has a future and will jump through a fiery table for me.


Ottawa Senators: Rumors

The Senators are so bad in an unexpected way that any rumor that could be a distraction is more than welcome. Will The Weeknd own the team? Will Ryan Reynolds own the team? Who will star in his documentary? Who cares, just keep the speculation coming.

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