Zone Time: Islanders the wild card Bruins don't want to face
The Eastern Conference Wild Card race is heating up as numerous teams vie for a spot in the NHL playoffs. With goaltender Ilya Sorokin performing at a Vezina level, the New York Islanders play a style of hockey that can cause problems for any opposition and might be the team the Presidents Trophy-elect Boston Bruins fear facing the most in the first round.
On this week's episode, Julian asks the Zone Time crew which rule change they would advocate for if they were an NHL general manager in Florida this week for their annual assessment of the game.
Trivia is also back! Do you know which Sedin brother finished his NHL career with more points?
Is Kyle Dubas the bad guy? Is Mike Babcock the bad guy? Is Vegas the bad guy?59:12A section of Toronto fans are accusing Kyle Dubas of disloyalty after he was hired as President of Hockey Operations by the Pittsburgh Penguins but Omar and the Zone Time crew believe it's time to move on from the Dubas era and respect the former Leafs GM decision.On this week's episode, Arun joins Julian, Sam and Omar to discuss:Connor Bedard speaking outWhat Leafs fans should expect from Brad TrelivingHow did Mike Babcock make it back to the NHL?NHL expansion to Salt Lake CityIs Vegas still the bad guy?
Should Matthew Tkachuk be face of the NHL?01:13:41As two Florida franchises prepare to play for a championship, Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk joined the NBA on TNT panel during the pregame show. Rubbing shoulders with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, Tkachuk looked at ease but can the NHL capitalize and market its stars better? Also on this week's show:Would Kyle Dubas prefer a longer-term project in Ottawa over a win-now mission in Pittsburgh?Why the Flames must avoid a Johnny Gaudreau 2.0NHL Trivia: Changing places & being traded
Buck stops with Brendan Shanahan if Leafs go south59:22Kyle Dubas is out as Maple Leafs general manager but president Brendan Shanahan remains. If Toronto fails to improve on its 2022-23 showing next season, regardless of who the coach or players are, Shanahan will be held responsible for the course correction gone wrong. The Zone Time ask what kind of GM do the Leafs need and discuss if Sergei Bobrovsky is playing himself into the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Leafs or bust for Kyle Dubas but Matthews wants to stay46:35Everything is up for debate in Toronto after the Maple Leafs disastrous second-round loss to the Panthers. General manager Kyle Dubas says he'll either resign in Toronto or take a break while all signs point to head coach Sheldon Keefe taking the fall for the team's failure. Meanwhile, with one year left on his contact, Auston Matthews says his intention is to extend his stay in blue and white. Canada's Stanley Cup hopes are over for another year after the Oilers lost to the Golden Knights. Edmonton's window is still open but Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl missed a golden opportunity to go all the way.
Leafs fans preparing for most toxic offseason ever58:58The Toronto Maple Leafs face an impending offseason in which almost half of its roster will be free agents, Auston Matthews will be entering the final year of his contract and the fanbase will be eager for change on the bench and in the front office if the team fails to rally from a 3-0 second-round deficit to Florida.On the latest playoff edition of Zone Time, Julian and crew also explore how the Seattle Kraken are proving that balance and depth can win in the NHL and celebrate Leon Draisaitl, who is playing like he's tired of losing.
Presidents' Trophy doesn't matter, Matthew Tkachuk doesn't care01:04:26Boston put together an historic regular season, perhaps the best the NHL has ever seen but winning the Presidents' Trophy gave the Bruins no protection when they were dumped out in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Florida Panthers. In that series, Matthew Tkachuk put his team on his back from 3-1 down and would be a strong candidate to win the Hart Trophy if it wasn't for come guy called Connor McDavid.The Zone Time crew also discuss Jacob Trouba's bit hit on Timo Meier and make predictions for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Is this season a success if Leafs win a round and nothing else?51:42The Maple Leafs are on the brink of winning a first-round playoff series for the first time since 2004 but should the franchise and its fans treat this season as a success if they fall at the next hurdle?On this week's playoff edition of Zone Time, Julian and crew laud Ryan O'Reilly, unpack the Cale Makar 'dirty player' discourse and ask if Leon Draisaitl a better playoff performer than Connor McDavid?
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Inside every first-round series53:27The Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us so it's time for the Zone Time crew to nail their flags to some contending masts. Rangers vs. Devils seems to close to call, can the Kings really upset the Oilers and is this the year the Maple Leafs bury their first-round demons?
What's next for Flames after disastrous season?01:12:33Hopes were high for the Calgary Flames ahead of the 2022-23 season but expectations were quickly met with a disastrous reality as the team missed the playoffs. Changes are now unavoidable, and the franchise must decide whether to move on from head coach Darryl Sutter, the team's style of play or indeed some of its biggest stars.Julian is joined by Arun, Sam and Omar for a playoffs preview, and they also ask if Erik Karlsson's 100 points are worthy of the Norris Trophy.