Chris Lund

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Chris is one of the founders of Always OUA and currently a web editor at theScore. He was the editor of theScore's University Rush blog during the 2011 season. His work can be found at The Hockey News, The Hardball Times and JaysProspects.com and whatever other projects he has roped himself into.

Recent Posts

Huberdeau’s first NHL goal

It didn’t happen on Hockey Night in Canada, but while you were watching hockey, Jonathan Huberdeau’s NHL career got off to an excellent start. He scored his first career goal tonight on a shot in close off of a pass from ALEXEI KOVALEV (yes, that one).
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HNIC Opening Night Open Thread!

THE ULTIMATE PICTURE FROM THE RETURN OF THE NHL

You know, in a way we had an idea that he would become this sort of legend but, in another way, we had no idea. The Finnish Flash is going to go out the same way he entered — on top. Cherish him, hockey fans. There may not be another one.

On a night where I took you along a journey during the opener of HNIC’s 60th season, I’ll leave you with a video that takes you back to its 50th. 589 goals later, we have modern day Teemu Selanne. Teemu Forever.


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2013 Eastern Conference Preview


Before the puck drops we’re taking a look at both conferences. Here’s how the East stands to shake down.
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2013 Western Conference Preview

Before the puck drops we’re taking a look at both conferences. Here’s how the West stands to shake down.
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Back in September I took a look at the notion of an amnesty clause in the NHL. The NBA adopted one with a fair amount of success and now — aren’t I clever? — it appears that the NHL will in fact have two (TWO!) under the framework of this new CBA.

The details are somewhat vague at this point, but it appears that each team will be granted two amnesty clauses. One in 2013 and one for 2013-14. You get a delete button two years in a row, free to use.
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Finland finished fourth in 2012, but the result doesn’t do justice to how close they came to a spot in the gold medal game. Between a bad clearance gone wrong and a Mikael Granlund shootout attempt that just didn’t work for him, the Fins came painstakingly close to playing the Russians in the gold medal game and could very well make an appearance in the final match one year later.
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The fun part of speculation before any sort of competition is identifying the theoretical juggernauts and darkhorses — especially in a tournament like the World Juniors where any goalie could turn in the performance of a lifetime and bring that darkhorse to the next level (see: 2009, Slovakia). In 2013, however, there is one team which sits — in my opinion — a full length ahead of the field, and they are the host Russians, coming off a disappointing loss one year ago and ready to take the tournament at home.
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