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.
With the NBA All-Star Game taking place this Sunday, NPR’s Sports Correspondent Mike Pesca joins Bill to discuss whether or not All-Star Games are even worth the trouble.
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?
The displeasure among Montreal natives regarding new Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth doesn’t seem to have much to do with the team’s performance on the ice. Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette joins Bill to discuss the strange dilemma.
John Branch, author of a three-part series in the New York Times called “Punched Out: The Life And Death Of A Hockey Enforcer,” joins Bill to discuss the effects of Derek Boogaard’s role as a brawler.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is back on the ice … and he’s hot. Crosby spent more than 10 months recovering from a concussion. Since returning to the Penguins’ lineup on November 21, he’s notched 11 points in six games. Bill talks with TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie about the comeback of “Sid the Kid.”
The 2011-12 NHL season is underway this week. Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the likelihood of a repeat win for Boston and which other teams are looking promising.
Comic book legend Stan Lee joins Bill to discuss his new line of superheroes based on the 30 NHL teams.
Bill Littlefield wishes he had the naming rights to the new Winnipeg hockey team.