Sunday, April 15, 2012

NHL Playoffs from the fan perspective

The playoffs always bring out the best (and sometimes the worst) in teams, players and their fans. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter really gives a glimpse into the minds of hockey fans, but nothing displays passion more than the numerous fan blogs all over the interwebs.

I enjoyed learning more about teams like the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning this season through blogs like Preds on the Glass, The View from 111, Lightning Shout and Raw Charge. Traveling to Atlantic City to cover the AHL All Star game led to another stellar Preds blog, Smashville 24/7.

I thought it would be pretty awesome to follow the playoffs by not only watching the games on TV, but reading the blogs of each team battling for the Cup. As I believe in sharing, here's the list I've compiled. I hope you enjoy reading them as much I'm enjoying them, and welcome any blog suggestions you have.

Vancouver Canucks v. Los Angeles Kings

Canucks blogs:
Benched Whale             (Twitter:  @BenchedWhale)
Nucks Misconduct         (Twitter: @NucksMisconduct)
Humming Giraffe           (Twitter:  @alixiswright)
Canucks Hockey Blog   (Twitter: CanucksHockey)
Canucks Army               (Twitter: CanucksArmy)

Kings blogs:
LA Kings Court               (Twitter: @LAKingsCourt)
Kingscast                        (Twitter: @Kingscast)
Frozen Royalty               (Twitter: @FrozenRoyalty)
View from My Seats       (Twitter: @ViewFromMySeats)
Mayors Manor                (Twitter: @mayorNHL)

New Jersey Devils v. Florida Panthers

Devils blogs:
Speaking of the Devils    (Twitter: @SpeakoftheDevs)
Down Goes Avery           (Twitter: @DownGoesAvery)
Devils Army                     (Twitter: @DevilsGenerals)
Steve Palumbo                (Twitter: @StevePalumboNHL)
Seth Everett                     (Twitter: @Seth_Everett)

Panthers blog:
Litter Box Cats                 (Twitter: @LitterBoxCats)

Philadelphia Flyers v. Pittsburgh Penguins

Flyers blogs:
Broad Street Hockey        (Twitter: @BroadStHockey)
Flyers Faithful                   (Twitter: @Flyers_Faithful)
The 700 Level                   (Twitter: @The700Level)
Flyers - The Checking Line (Twitter: @TCLFlyers)

Penguins blogs:
Pens Universe                  (Twitter: @PensUniverse)
Face Off-Factor                (Twitter: @FaceOffFactor)
Empty Netters                   (Twitter: @EmpyNetters)
Puck Huffers                     (Twitter: @PuckHuffers)
The Pens Nation               (Twitter: @ThePensNation)
High Heels & Hockey        (Twitter: @highheelshockey)
Pensburgh                         (Twitter: @Pensburgh)

Detroit Red Wings v. Nashville Predators

Red Wings blogs:
Winging It in Motown          (Twitter: @WingingItMotown)
Abel to Yzerman (Kukla's Korner)
Nightmare on Helm Street  (Twitter: @HelmStNightmare)

Predators blogs:
Preds On the Glass           (Twitter: @PredsOntheGlass)
The View from 111            (Twitter: @TheViewfrom111)
Smashville 24/7                 (Twitter: @Smashville247)
RLD Hockey                      (Twitter: @RLDHockey)

Washington Capitals v. Boston Bruins

Capitals blogs:
Japers Rink                       (Twitter: @JapersRink)
Peerless Prognosticator
Homer McFanboy              (Twitter: @HomerMcFanboy)
Russian Machine Never Breaks (Twitter: @RussianMachine)
On Frozen Blog                  (Twitter: @OnFrozenBlog)

Bruins blogs:
Stanley Cup of Chowder     (Twitter:  @CupofChowdah)
Days of Y'Orr                       (Twitter: @JustinDOY)

Ottawa Senators v. New York Rangers

Senators blogs:
Sens Chirp                          (Twitter: @SensChirp)
The 6th Sens                       (Twitter: @6thSens)
Silver Seven Sens               (Twitter: @SilverSevenSens)

Rangers blogs:
Scotty Hockey                      (Twitter: @ScottyHockey)
Blueshirt Banter                    (Twitter: @BlueshirtBanter)
NY Rangers Blog                  (Twitter: @TheNYRBlog)

San Jose Sharks v. St. Louis Blues

Sharks blog:
Fear the Fin                          (Twitter: @FeartheFin)

Blues blogs:
Frozen Notes                        (Twitter: @FrozenNotes)
St. Louis Game Time
Blue Note Zone                     (Twitter: @BlueNoteZone)

Chicago Blackhawks v. Phoenix Coyotes

Blackhawks blogs:
Second City Hockey              (Twitter: @2ndCityHockey)
Committed Indians                 (Twitter: @CommittedIndian)
The 300 Level                        (Twitter: @The300Level)
Hockey Broad                        (Twitter: @HockeyBroad)

Coyotes blogs:
Five for Howling                     (Twitter: @FiveforHowling)
Your Mama Plays Hockey
The Yotes Diva                      (Twitter: @TheYotesDiva)   

If you're into more "general" hockey blogs, here are just a few of the best out there:

Puck Daddy                         (Twitter: @YahooPuckDaddy, @wyshynski, @Sean_Leahy)
Spector's Hockey                 (Twitter: @SpectorsHockey
Hockey Independent            (Twitter: @HockeyIndie)
Puck Buddys                        (Twitter: @PuckBuddys)
The Hockey Guys                 (Twitter: @TheHockeyGuys)
The Hockey Writers              (Twitter: @TheHockeyWriter)

1 comment:

  1. If it were the finals I may agree but last round I bought extra tickets for my brother who couldn't go, tried selling Nhl Playoffs tickets for less then face and had no luck, ended up giving them to a co worker.