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The 4 Most Disappointing Teams of the NHL Season So Far

We’re now nearly two months into the 2015-16 NHL season, and we’ve seen our fair of surprises. There’s the good – like the incredible Dallas Stars, who are outperforming expectations in the Central Division – and the bad. Let’s take a moment to talk about the latter. These are the four teams that we expected more of this season. We’re not mad, we’re just… disappointed. Anaheim Ducks The Anaheim Ducks
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Understanding The Weirdness of MLS’s Single-Entity Structure

Major League Soccer is the top-tier professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. It’s also one of the strangest sports leagues in the world, from a business perspective. Unlike any other major sports league in North America and unlike the vast majority of sports leagues in the world, MLS operates under a single-entity structure. Even calling it that is too simple; as we’ll see, it’s probably fairer to
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Was One Game Enough of a Suspension for Dubinsky Cross-Check on Crosby?

Late in the second period of last Friday’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blue Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky took a two-minute penalty for cross-checking Penguins star Sidney Crosby. That’s not an unusual thing, but Dubinsky’s cross-check merited a closer look than most. The NHL’s brass took notice, and handed down a one-game suspension. But was it enough? The Cross-Check First, let’s take a look at the
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MLS: Previewing The Conference Championships

MLS fans were treated to an unbelievably exciting conclusion to the Conference Semifinals round this past week. Now our Conference Championship matches are set – and, thanks to some last-minute heroics from FC Dallas, both of the number one seeds will both make an appearance. The red-hot Columbus Crew will face the New York Red Bulls, who earned the Supporters’ Shield this year as the league’s regular-season champions. The Portland
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Have The Penguins Finally Figured Things Out?

Who exactly are the Pittsburgh Penguins?   Pittsburgh’s NHL team was revitalized when Sidney Crosby was acquired in the draft, and since then their front office has been committed to building around a core of Sid the Kid and Evgeni Malkin. That strategy netted them two cup finals appearances and one Stanley Cup Championship, but in years other than those great ones, there have been plenty of questions. Goalie Marc-Andre
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NHL: The Best Goalies So Far This Season

A lot goes into building a great NHL team, but one constant is always necessary: solid goaltending. Poor goaltending can end the dreams of even the most spectacular offensive teams, and a great goaltender can put a team on his shoulders and lead them on a run all the way to the Stanley Cup. This season, plenty of goalies will compete for the honor of being the league’s best goaltender
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2015 MLS Cup Playoff Preview: Who Will Win?

Here we are: at the end of the MLS regular season and the beginning of the playoffs. The playoffs are what make MLS such a unique and enjoyable soccer league, and with a new playoff format with a larger playoff field, more fan bases than ever are dreaming of MLS Cup immortality. But who will take home the league’s most coveted trophy? Here are our picks for each round of
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NHL: Three Teams Who Are Worse Than Their Records Indicate

Hockey is a stressful game. Each game can change in a heartbeat, as can each team’s season. So when your favorite team strings together a few wins to start the year, you may catch yourself breathing a sigh of relief: there’s a little cushion, a little breathing room. Maybe this team can stay one step ahead and make this season a little easier on all of our hearts. We’re here
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NHL: What Is Wrong With The Pittsburgh Penguins?

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a heck of an offseason. They managed to land right winger Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs, a huge deal that seemed like it could propel the Penguins back into the league’s elite. After years of disappointing playoff performances and slow regression, it seemed as if the Penguins had pried their championship window back open again. With Kessel revitalizing an offense that already had its
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NHL: What is Wrong With the Anaheim Ducks?

In the 2012-2013 season, the Anaheim Ducks lost in the Conference Quarterfinals. In 2013-2014, they lost in the Conference Semifinals. In 2014-2015, they lost in the Conference Finals. The Ducks have been getting better and better as each season passes, so it’s no surprise that they were a popular pick to reach the Stanley Cup final this year – and to win it, too. What is a surprise is how