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Konecny Excelling in Rookie Season
Travis Konecny had one goal in mind heading into the Flyers training camp, to make the team’s starting roster and have his NHL dream come true. By the end of camp, Konecny exceeded everyone’s expectations. Not only did he make it on to the Flyer’s roster but he has quickly become a fan favourite. After only […]

Columbus Hasn’t Accomplished Anything Yet
So how about that game in Glendale Saturday night? The young Arizona Coyotes scored a pair in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Goaltender Mike Smith kept it that way almost to the end. Almost. #CBJ up to 40+ shots on goal and they're really pushing for an equalizer here. Hard not to […]

Johnson Out Months, Canucks Not Tanking & More News
The Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson broke his fibula in Saturday’s game against the Stars, the team announced not long after he left the ice. He’s expected to miss six-to-eight weeks recovering. The injury appears to have occurred when Johnson blocked a Tyler Seguin shot as Dallas was entering the zone in the second period. […]

Oilers Finally Find Draisaitl’s Spot
It may have taken longer than yours truly was hoping but it looks as though the Edmonton Oilers have finally come to their senses and shifted Leon Draisaitl over to the wing. To be fair, it appeared as though Todd McLellan was leaning towards doing just that during training camp but an ill-timed injury to […]

Smith Outstanding, Coyotes Not
On Saturday night, the Arizona Coyotes did just about everything right but win a hockey game. Goalie Mike Smith was lights-out, the penalty killing was outstanding and the Coyotes came-from-behind to earn a lead late in the game. If Arizona was able to do things to grab an advantage, the missing component in this 3-2 […]

Canucks Need More from Eriksson
No one will ever forget Loui Eriksson’s great disappearing act of October, 2016. It sure was a month Eriksson would like to forget. Usually, players should be excited if they score during their first period of their first game, right after joining a new team. Eriksson’s first night as a Canuck was anything but. He […]

Firing Gallant a Bad Precedent
Well, after a week that felt like an eternity, the Florida Panthers are off and running under new Head Coach Tom Rowe. By now, you are no doubt familiar with the rather unceremonious departure of Gerard Gallant, along with Assistant Coach Mike Kelly. The rationale and motivations for the move have been infinitely sliced and diced […]

Connolly Decent in Capitals Debut
After falling victim to the second round of the postseason yet again, the Washington Capitals were left scratching their heads. What was missing from the formula when they were considered Stanley Cup favorites? They had a whole arsenal of offensive weapons, extraordinary defense and goaltending to boot. It wasn’t soon before they realized that they […]

Sauve Leads Buckeyes to Top 10 Win
Making 42 saves in a game is not exactly the type of performance from which a goalie needs to bounce back, but Ohio State’s Kassidy Sauve found a way to do just that. Sauve stopped 42 shots throughout regulation and overtime Friday as Ohio State and North Dakota played to a 1-1 tie, but the Fighting Hawks earned an […]

Can Guentzel Avoid a Demotion?
Since he was summoned from the American Hockey League, Jake Guentzel has been a breath of fresh air for the Pittsburgh Penguins. At only 22 years of age, he’s put up some quality numbers during his brief stay. But is he destined to return to the minors when roster numbers get tight? Or will Guentzel […]

Flames With Defense Gap to Fill?
Coming into the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, there was much noise made about the Calgary Flames and their impressive blue line. Heading into the year, the Flames boasted the likes of Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Dougie Hamilton under lengthy contracts. That trio provided the basis for a defensive group that seemed impressive on […]

State of the Blue Jackets Goalies
Just like everyone predicted, right? Of course everyone saw this start coming for the Columbus Blue Jackets. By everyone, I mean hardly anyone. The Jackets enter Saturday’s game in Arizona with the fewest regulation losses in the league with five. They are the biggest surprise in the early season. I thought now would be a […]

What’s with the Avalanche?
The Colorado Avalanche are arguably one of the NHL’s biggest enigmas. Possessing a solid core of three of the NHL’s top young players and a former Vezina Trophy finalist in net, the Avalanche took the NHL by storm in 2013-14, finishing in first place in the Central Division and earning head coach Patrick Roy the […]

Hoffman More Than a Goal Scorer
It may not have been a successful last couple of the games for the Ottawa Senators, but more of their key players have been returning to their usual forms after slow starts from many of their forwards. There were three forwards in particular who were performing under expectations they had set for themselves during the […]

Dennis Rasmussen Quietly Thrives
Dennis Rasmussen isn’t doing well. That’s what the box score would lead you to think. Through 22 games this season, he has recorded two assists and one goal. That goal wasn’t a play with showstopping skill and playmaking ability either. Ivan Provorov tripped while back-skating in his own zone, and gifted Rasmussen a breakaway opportunity […]

Canadiens As the Next John Scott?
There’s likely never going to be another John Scott in the NHL All-Star Game. The league has made sure of that, with a new series of rules and regulations that would prevent someone playing in the American Hockey League from being voted in. So, an exact repeat of the John Scott saga? That’s not going […]

What Happened to Scott Laughton?
Among the regularly dressed Philadelphia Flyers forwards, there are four undrafted free agents (Matt Read, Michael Raffl, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Roman Lyubimov) plus former late draft picks in Chris VandeVelde (97th in ’05) and Dale Weise (111th in ’08). Sitting in the press box most nights, dressed in a suit rather than equipment is Scott […]

Sabres Optimize Kyle Okposo
Despite being DirecTV “Center Ice” subscribers, hockey fans in New York State and the greater NYC-metropolitan area continue to be forced to watch tailored MSG Network broadcasts according to their geographic location. When the Buffalo Sabres hosted the New York Rangers in Jack Eichel’s first home game in more than seven months Thursday night, fans […]

Note to Red Wings – ‘Shoot More’
The Detroit Red Wings have been hampered by injuries in recent weeks, but despite the number of injuries, they’ve been able to put together a five-game point streak. And while the point streak is a good confidence builder, they will not continue to accumulate points at that rate based on their level of play. The […]

Veteran Zajac Leading the Devils
The season is at its quarter mark and the New Jersey Devils are still competing thanks to a handful of generous contributions. Players like John Moore, Damon Severson, and Keith Kinkaid have taken their play to new heights and have buoyed a Devils team currently dealing with the injury bug. But no player’s production has […]

Eichel Making Immediate Impact
Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel has been back for two games, but his impact has been immediately noticeable. The Sabres have won those two games by a score of 5-4 against the Ottawa Senators and 4-3 against the New York Rangers. Prior to Eichel’s return, the team only scored more than two goals once in […]

Minnesota Wild Prospect Update
With the calendar now turned to December, the hockey season is in full swing for nearly every reputable league. From the NCAA to the KHL, the majority of teams have double digits in the games played column. For Minnesota Wild prospects and draft picks around the world, now is the time to show their capabilities, especially given […]

Lehner’s Injury Answering Some Questions
When Buffalo Sabres’ general manager Tim Murray acquired goaltender Robin Lehner just hours before the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (along with David Legwand) in exchange for the 21st overall pick in that draft, fans of the blue and gold were skeptical. The (at the time) 23-year-old goalie, who Murray had a hand in selecting in the […]

3rd Periods Costing the Hurricanes
Two days after squandering a 2-1 second-intermission lead to lose in regulation, you would think that the Carolina Hurricanes would enter Thursday’s third period intent on protecting another one goal lead. It didn’t look that way. The Hurricanes were instead out-attempted 34-10 and out-shot 12-9 by the Boston Bruins in the third period, riding Cam […]

McDavid En Route to Scoring Title?
A concussion cost Sidney Crosby six games to start the season, but it also opened the door for the rest of the league. Crosby, who was on a tear to end last season, and in the World Cup of Hockey, was the favourite to win the Art Ross Trophy. The fact that he has 25 […]

THW Live: Goldstein on Gallant’s Florida Vacation
The first team to make an in-season coaching change in 2016-17? The Florida Panthers, who relieved Gerard Gallant of his duties less than a full season after he guided them to 47 wins, 103 points and an Atlantic Division regular-season title a year ago. Jack Eichel has returned from his severe ankle sprain and the […]

Tricky Situation of Justin Braun
The San Jose Sharks recently signed one of the NHL’s best defenseman to an eight-year, $64 million deal, making him the second highest paid defenseman in the league. The Sharks will need to sign another of the NHL’s best defensemen to a big deal in a couple of years. It is rare to find a […]

Interview With 2017-Eligible Nikita Popugaev
One of the most interesting WHL players for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Moose Jaw forward Nikita Popugaev is in his second season in the Dub after scoring 47 points in his rookie season. He was ranked in THW’s preliminary rankings for the next draft  as #17. In this translated interview, Nikita Popugaev of the Moose Jaw […]

McDavid & Draisaitl: Deadly Duo
It started out like a broken record on repeat. Within seconds of the start of Thursday’s contest, the Oilers were down 1-0 to the Winnipeg Jets and were facing an uphill battle before they even had a chance to catch their breath. However, unlike a number of the other games this season, this game was […]

Trading Hamilton Simply Outrageous
Drafted ninth overall by Boston in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Dougie Hamilton had a bright future ahead of himself with the Bruins. Expected to supplant an aging Zdeno Chara, Hamilton was pegged as a future top-pairing, number one defenseman, and a young player around which a winning franchise could be built and sustained. Standing […]

Evolution of Mark Jankowski
Mark Jankowski, the dark-horse first round pick from 2012, travelled more than 7,000 miles over six days last week to play just ten minutes of NHL hockey. His debut came at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night after what can only be described as a colorful and slow-paced journey to the NHL for […]

Turnovers Continue to Hurt Coyotes
This may not be a bad time to put wins together. To make the hour more important, the Arizona Coyotes are now in a streak against Pacific Division rivals. Put that in the past tense. A recent string of accumulating points (five standings points) in their past three games came to screeching halt Thursday night. […]

Henrik Borgstrom Dominating NCAA
His first goal of the night boomed off his stick like a cannon blast. His second ripped through traffic like a laser. #GoalsGIF: @FlaPanthers prospect Henrik 'The Artist' Borgström painted the back of Wisconsin's net with a pair of sublime shots last night 🎨 — Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) November 27, 2016 In a 10-minute […]

Zetterberg for Vegas Captaincy?
Today’s Detroit Red Wings can’t be fairly compared to the dynasty they had almost a decade ago, and Henrik Zetterberg is merely a shadow of the player he was during that time period. It’s been obvious over the last years, especially at the beginning of this season, that the Swedish Red Wings captain isn’t aging with […]

Top 20 WHL Prospects for 2017 NHL Draft
This past June, nine Western Hockey League players were selected in the first round of the National Hockey League’s entry draft. The league had just four players taken in the first round, representing a down year in what has traditionally been known as one of the more productive development leagues in the hockey world. Don’t […]

Letang: Penguins’ Shootout Hero
On Saturday night, after Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were both coolly denied by New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid, Kris Letang came through with a beautiful goal that brought the Pittsburgh Penguins a win, one that for about 19 minutes and 30 seconds of the third period looked like it wasn’t coming. He’s been a […]

Updating Red Wings on the Mend
So far this season, the Detroit Red Wings have been ravaged by injuries. They’re already leading the league in man-games lost at the quarter point of the 2016-17 season. With so many players out, younger players have been able to see ice time ahead of schedule. Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Ryan Sproul have played […]

Fantasy Daily Cheat Sheet: Dec. 2
It’s a slow day in the NHL for hockey games, but a couple of interesting matchups make for some consideration if you’re a regular in fantasy play. If you like goaltending, you’ll be in for a treat as some of the NHL’s best square off against each other. Yesterday’s Games There were some pretty awesome […]


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