To help everyone get caught up on the NHL, I’ve put together this flowchart for fans of each team. It gives you links to articles, videos and other blog posts related to your favorite squad. Hopefully it will be helpful during the offseason!
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which nhl team should i root for?
Nashville Predators www.firstroyalsnipers.com/ – “Best of the West” blog; hockey writing and analysis; focused on Nashville and California teams www.stoneymonster.com/ – Don’t like advanced stats? Neither do we! This is a good old fashioned fandom blog with opinions that’ll make you yell “GOOOOAAAAALLL” www.oneeyedjacks.com/ – The blog for the team in your state’s capital; formerly known as On the Forecheck (Frozen Feathered Fury)
Which team’s colors are your favorite?
If your favorite team has already been eliminated from the playoffs, go join the discussion on one of the other teams! This is a great way to meet new friends and learn about all 30 franchises. There are also lots of fans outside North America who you might want to talk with as well! A few favorites:
Columbus Blue Jackets – The Cannon blog; very good at following prospects www.elevenwarriors.com/ – Ohio State Buckeyes’ official site; their hockey section covers the Jackets as well as Ohio State and Bowling Green Buffalo Sabres – Die By The Blade (DBTB) blog! Follows prospects as well as giving great insight into Sam Reinhart and his development www.wgr550.com/ – Sabres blog for the station that carries the games; also covers Rochester Americans Edmonton Oilers – Copper & Blue, a site focused on advanced stats and analytics www.oilersnation.com
What style of play do you prefer?
New York Islanders – Eyes on Isles blog follows prospects, has great insight into draft picks and trades www.islesblog.com/ – Lots of rumors about trades, free agency etc.; very focused on the team Pittsburgh Penguins – The Pens Blog focuses on Crosby, Malkin & Kessel with analysis and opinion www.pensburgh.com/ – A blog that isn’t afraid to call things as they see them; follow the rumors about trades, prospects etc.
Washington Capitals – Russian Machine Never Breaks is focused on stats and analytics www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ – Also follows prospects and draft picks St. Louis Blues – St. Louis Game Time blog is completely focused on the Blues www.stlouisgametime.com/ – A nice place to discuss rumors, trades and much more; fans are really together in their mission to make sure all of us follow this team!
Do you prefer a large market team or a small market team?
New York Rangers – BlueshirtBanter blog; very heavy on prospects; good insight into trades as well as rumors www.blueshirtbanter.com/ – Follows prospects and draft picks as well as rumors Pittsburgh Penguins – Again, Pensburgh covers lots of topics around the organization and NHL www.pensburgh.com/ – The same blog focused on the Penguins’ prospects and trade rumors Boston Bruins – Causeway Crowd blog has great insight into trades, draft picks, prospects www.causewaycrowd.com/ – Follows rumors about the future of players like Smith & Krug
Who is your favorite player on the team?
Washington Capitals – Russian Machine Never Breaks is great for stats and analytics www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ – Will tell you what to expect from each player; can be very critical St. Louis Blues – St. Louis Game Time blog has good insight into the prospects www.stlouisgametime.com/ – This blog is a very good source for rumors and news about the future of this team
Philadelphia Flyers – Broadstreet Bullies have a great fan community with frequent contests www.broadstreetbullies.net/ – Lots of insight into prospects and the current team who has lots of injury issues as well as trade.