OTPP: U.S. Women’s Team Boycott, NHL Playoff and Scoring Races and More

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Olympic hopefuls Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight pose for a photo at the NASDAQ Stock Market on Febuary 8, 2017 in New York City. Team USA celebrates the one-year countdown to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USOC)

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

The boys are back and looking at the news from around the NHL.

OTPP: U.S. Women’s Team Boycott, NHL Playoff and Scoring Races and More

Waves were made when the U.S. Women’s Team announced that they were boycotting the IIHF World Championships over issues with wages and other perceived unfair treatment from USA Hockey.  The boys go through a list of some of the reasons why the women have taken this stance; what it means for the tournament being held in Plymouth, Michigan; and examine whether the boycott is justified.

Races Galore

The race for the Art Ross Trophy is heating up.  The boys look at the breakout season of Brad Marchand; as well as elite centres Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby; and last year’s winner Patrick Kane. Who will come out on top at the end. Things are just as tight in the goal scoring race with Max Pacioretty, Vladimir Tarasenko, and others going the fight for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

We’re getting down to the nitty gritty of the NHL Playoff races. Who will take the final spots in the Eastern and Western Conferences? Can the Los Angeles Kings challenge the St. Louis Blues? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning make the playoffs with massive injuries down the middle? Do the Toronto Maple Leafs youngsters get them in.

The boys also look at recent suspensions, injury news, and other goings on from around the hockey world.

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

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