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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, middle, makes a save on a shot by the Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane (88) in the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

NHL On the Ice: Five X-Factors of the Stanley Cup Final

Jordan Ball June 3, 2015

1. Toews and Kane Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are two of the most dynamic players in the NHL, so in a must win game six of the Western Conference Finals, head coach Joel Quenneville reunited...

The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Western Conference trophy after defeating the Anaheim Ducks, 5-3, in Game 7 of the Western Conference final at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

On the Ice: 2015 Stanley Cup Finals Preview

Jordan Ball June 3, 2015

After two game sevens in the Conference Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning defeated their conferences number one seeds to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.To reach the Finals the Blackhawks...

The Edmonton Oilers received the first pick in the NHL draft lottery. (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

On the Ice: Edmonton Oilers win draft lottery, McDavid sweepstakes

Jordan Ball April 19, 2015

The heavily anticipated NHL draft lottery commenced Saturday night where the rights to top prospects, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, were essentially set in stone. The Edmonton Oilers won the lottery...

Tavares (left) has been unstoppable all season and he is just one of two players in the NHL who are top 10 in goals and top 15 in assists.
Photo courtesy of TNS.

On the Ice: Top 5 MVP Candidates

Jordan Ball April 2, 2015

The NHL has been gifted with many surprises and disappointments this season and with the regular season coming to a close, so are the award races. There are an abundance of players who deserve recognition...

The Western Conference has surprised the fans the most season, with traditional powerhouses dramatically underachieving this season.

On the Ice: Western Conference Playoff Race

Jordan Ball March 6, 2015

The Eastern Conference is accompanied by less surprise because the top eight teams are the right teams. We cannot say this about the Western Conference. This season has been a very unusual year in the...

With Chicago Blackhawks right-wing Patrick Kane the subject of this first edition of Sundial reporter Jordan Balls NHL Column

On the Ice: Why Patrick Kane is the most exciting NHL Player

Jordan Ball February 19, 2015

This past summer, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews signed identical eight-year $84 million deals to extend their partnership with Chicago Blackhawks. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos,...

Photo courtesy of Tribune News Services.

All-Star or Brightest Star?

Raul Martinez February 16, 2015

It wasn't that long ago when professional sports showcased their most talented, skilled and, most of all, best players in an annual exhibition game know as the All-Star Game. Professionals sports...

NHL Playoff Preview: Boston, Chicago poised for deep playoff runs

NHL Playoff Preview: Boston, Chicago poised for deep playoff runs

Darko Debogovic April 16, 2014

With the end of the regular season nearing, NHL players and fans across the nation are preparing themselves for the most grueling, strenuous time of the year—the playoffs. Many teams across both conferences...

Changes could be coming to NHL with recent concussion lawsuits

Changes could be coming to NHL with recent concussion lawsuits

Darko Debogovic December 3, 2013

Last Monday, 10 former NHL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the NHL through a California-based law firm, alleging that the league was aware of (or should have been aware of) the dangers...

Big time changes may come to NHL

Big time changes may come to NHL

Darko Debogovic November 25, 2013

  Overtime,  playoffs and fighting were among the hot button issues discussed by NHL General Managers at their annual meeting in Toronto on Tuesday. With more and more games decided by...

NHL Preview: Western Conference

NHL Preview: Western Conference

Brian Bernstein September 25, 2013

The 2013-14 NHL season is one week away, and two teams in the Western Conference have separated themselves from the pack. The first team is the 2012-13 defending Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks. Central...

NHL preview: Eastern Conference

NHL preview: Eastern Conference

Darko Debogovic September 25, 2013

Following a surprising exit during last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins are reloaded and primed to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup yet again. If the Pens want to return to the finals,...

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