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GTD: What’s Wrong With the Washington Capitals

GTD: What's Wrong With the Washington Capitals

The showdown between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins was the series most hockey fans were looking forward to. Unfortunately to this point, the series has been heavily one-sided and as result, it's left the Capitals in a 3-1 hole. The issue is, where does the blame lay? As the guys discuss, it's difficult to point to one individual player, or ever a group of forwards that have significantly underperformed. But perhaps that word, forward, is the keyword. Washington's blueline, while not lackluster, simply hasn't performed to it's fullest potential. Trade-deadline acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk stands out as the player who has impressed the least. Even then, can the series really fall at the feel of a single player? Does blame fall on head coach Barry Trotz? It's a difficult question to answer, and one the guys spend serious time mulling over. 

Can The Senators Hang On Against New York

From one Eastern Conference series to another, the question has to be asked about the Ottawa Senators: can they really defeat the Rangers? It took a miraculous four goal performance from Jean-Gabriel Pageau in game two to top the blueshirts, and the Sens were lifeless in game three. If Ottawa wants to have shot at bringing home Lord Stanley's cup, they'll need to find a way to deal with the speed, and aggressive forecheck that has wrought havok upon them in the last two games. Game four will be one for the ages at MSG.

Predators Are Picking Up Speed

Is there any team in the post-season that has looked as good as Nashville has. Perhaps the Penguins are the answer to that question, but without doubt, Nashville looks like the team to beat in the Western Conference. They appear set to make the finals in just nine games, only the second team to do so in the last three years, and against tough opposition as well. They stormed through Chicago, and now the Blues are crumbling under the speed, and transition of this Predators offense. Or perhaps more accurately this Predators defence. Ryan Ellis, and the rest of the blueliners have been key this series, and the guys discuss if they can continue to direct the play in the manner they have so far. 

 

Follow them on Twitter: @GTD_Podcast@ColtonPraill, @Gham614 and @NickSeguin19

Colton Praill
I host my own radio show across Manitoba, CA. When I’m not regaling you with whimsical stories, I’m writing, podcasting, or lamenting the woes of Arsenal, Detroit Lions, and Ottawa Senators fandom.

Nick Seguin
A brand marketer by day, a writer by night. Nick is a lover of all things hockey and a die hard fan of the Detroit Red Wings. With contributions to multiple blogs, Nick is continuing to marry his two passions: writing and hockey.

Graham Anderson
I’m a recent Brock University grad and a huge Blue Jays and Wild fan. I spent two years in the UK and am happy to be back in London Ontario for the 2016-17 MLB playoffs and NHL season.

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Last Word On Steelers Podcast Episode 8: Draft Reactions

In episode eight of the Last Word on Steelers Podcast we analyze the Steelers eight draft picks in the 2017 NFL draft. We discuss the how we felt the draft went and where the newest Steelers fit on the roster. After the draft, we also examine a few of the undrafted free agents the Steelers could sign and discuss their chances of making the team. The Steelers stuck to a tried and true draft strategy that they seem to implement just about every year. They stayed in the draft position they earned in the past season and showed a bias towards players that they meant with either in Pittsburgh during a visit, at the prospect’s pro days, or had in-depth interaction with at the NFL combine.  The eight players the Steelers drafted were outside linebacker T.J. Watt at 30, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster at pick 62, cornerback Cameron Sutton at pick 94, Running back James Conner at pick 105, quarterback Joshua Dobbs at pick 135, cornerback Brian Allen with pick 173, long snapper Colin Holba at pick 213, and outside linebacker Keion Adams with their final pick at number 248.  Check out www.lastwordonsports.com for exclusive content. On twitter, you can follow us at @LWOS Steelers.

In episode nine of the Last Word on Steelers Podcast we will dig deeper into the Steelers 2017 NFL draft selections. We’ll continue our film study on the latest batch of Steelers and try to see the draft through the Steelers point of view. We would love to hear Steelers Nation’s input! If you have any comments, suggestions, messages or thoughts feel free to reach out to us!

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Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 44: Mets Injury Crisis and Beanball Wars

Joe Hojnacki begins by expressing his embarassment to be a Red Sox fan amidst the racist jeers aimed at Adam Jones from a small minority of the Fenway crowd. He and Greg Hessen eventually go over the worsening New York Mets injury crisis as they lose Noah Syndergaard for an extended period of time. How does this affect their playoff chances and does it mean the Nationals have a clear path to NL East supremacy?

Also, the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles have been beefing for over a week about Manny Machado's hard slide into Dusting Pedroia. He was thrown at again in Tuesday night's ballgame and he went off to the media after the game. Is Machado right? Are the Red Sox carrying this grudge for far too long? Or are the Sox right to be standing up for their second baseman?

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #129 -The Price of Losing

The guys are back as they recap the end to the 1st round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, including:

- Joel's feelings about the end of the season for his Toronto Maple Leafs
- Has the Montreal Canadiens window closed? What do they do this offseason to best prepare for the future?
- After a trip to the Finals last year the Sharks are now out in the first round. What does this mean for their franchise?

They also preview the second round of the playoffs, looking at The Senators vs Rangers, Capitals vs Penguins, Ducks vs Oilers and Predators vs Blues.

Lastly, they look at the NHL draft lottery and decide who are the worst managed team in the league.

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Crossing the Line Podcast Episode 44 – NHL and NBA Playoff Recaps, MadBum Ridin’ Dirty, World Series Hangover, Tiger’s Back, Not Overly Complicated, and Quick Fire Questions

Jesse (@5280Jesse) and Keith (@5280Keith) are back with #CrossingTheLine in a jam-packed episode.  The guys recap the NHL and NBA playoffs, with some MLB, PGA, and futbol news mixed in.  Jesse and Keith then try to apply common sense to sports but letting everyone know what’s Not Overly Complicated.  They finish up with some quick fire questions, taking some inspiration from Lance Stephenson and discussing the times they regretted trash talking. 

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Coast 2 Coast Podcast Episode #26: Raptors Review, Kawhi’s Dominance, Second Round Preview

Austin and Dante hop on the pod to discuss Toronto closing Milwaukee out, Kawhi Leonard and the best player in the league discussion and much more.

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Football 2 the MAX: NFL Draft 2017: Round 1 Reactions

Round 1 of the NFL Draft 2017 has just finished. Sean Garmer, Gary Vaughan and Randy Isbelle gather to give their thoughts on what happened.

What do they think about all the trades for the supposedly lackluster quarterbacks? Who has the best spot? Could one of them start in year one?

The guys also look at what all the teams did in Round 1. Who had the best pick, or picks? Who’s setup well for the next couple of rounds? Did they like what the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers decided in the first round?

Finally, they go over their mock draft and discuss some of the picks they nailed. Some they were way off and some that were close.

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Any Given Monday NFL Podcast Episode 10 - NFL Tidbits and Final Draft Previews

Dunc and Nads are back with Episode 10 of the Any Given Monday NFL Podcast! We run through all the happenings around the league including the unfortunate passing of Dan Rooney, the different type of unfortunate passing of Aaron Hernandez, BEASTMODE to the Raiders, and Adrian Peterson to the Saints! We also round out our 2017 NFL Draft Coverage with a breakdown of the remaining offensive positions, including offensive linemen, tight ends, and wide receivers. No Slam Dunc this week, but Nads goes BANG with his social media hate!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @AnyGivenMonPod and like us on Facebook @AnyGivenMondayPod. You can catch Nads on Twitter @HBNadolny and Dunc @DSoang.

Check out some of the music that features in our Podcast! Thanks to the wonderful people over at NoCopyrightSounds for their amazing work. In this episode, you heard:

Frontier (feat. Jasmina Lin & Jay Christopher) by Krale
Northern Lights by Blazars
Safe and Sound by Different Heaven
Firefly by Jim Yosef

Go check out the individual artists and also NoCopyrightSounds on YouTube and on social media and give them a like!

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OTPP: Second Round Preview, Buffalo Sabres Moves, Habs and Leafs Off-Season

This week Dave Gove is off, but we are joined by LWOH writer Graham Anderson to look at the news from around the NHL.

OTPP: Second Round Preview, Buffalo Sabres Moves, Habs and Leafs Off-Season

The boys go series by series and preview all of the action in the Second Round of the NHL Playoffs.

Can Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers overcome the tight checking of Ryan Kesler and the Anaheim Ducks? Who will get the better of a Milan Lucic versus Corey Perry battle?

The Nashville Predators defence featuring Roman Josi and P.K. Subban will look to shut down Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues. Who will get the better of the Pekka Rinne versus Jake Allen match-up?

Its a battle of super Swedes as Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers take on Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators. Its also a look at two centres traded for each other last year with Mika Zibanejad taking on Derick Brassard.

Is this the year that Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals finally defeat their arch-nemesis in Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins? Can Braden Holtby turn up his game after an ordinary first round performance? Will Marc-Andre Fleury continue to play playoff hero?

In non-playoff news the Buffalo Sabres fired Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma. How involved was Jack Eichel? What does it mean for their future?

In Off-season talk, how do the Toronto Maple Leafs find a franchise defenceman? Is Morgan Rielly the answer? What free agents are available.

How do the Montreal Canadiens find a number one centre? Is Alex Galchenyuk the answer? Can they sign Vadim Shipachyov?

All that and more in this edition of On the Power Play.

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #128 - The Low Blow-vechkin

The guys are back as they record with the Leafs and Capitals game freshly ended. Talk talk through the news of the week and the happenings in the NHL playoffs.

- The Toronto Maple Leafs are down to the Washington Capitals, but does this mean they're done?

- With the Pittsburgh Penguins making quick work of the Columbus Blue Jackets, are they bettered suited for a 2nd round matchup against a potentially playoff tested Capitals team? Should Marc-Andre Fleury or Matt Murray start in net in round 2?

- With the Chicago Blackhawks being swept by the Nashville Predators, is it time for the Hawks to panic?

- Coach Dan Bylsma and GM Tim Murray are gone in Buffalo, following comments from Jack Eichel. What effect did Eichel's comments have on the firing and what does this mean for the future of the Sabres?

- Linesman Don Henderson has sued Dennis Wideman and the Calgary Flames for $10.25 million dollars. What does that mean for Wideman and the Flames?

Joel also plays another round of "Let's Roll the NHL Draft Lottery" as Carl pretends it's not happening.

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