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new york rangers drop caps… on twitter
in case you missed it, the first shots have been fired in the round 2 series between the washington capitals and the new york rangers (on social media, anyway). beginning […]

Four Potential Landing Spots For RFA Brandon Saad
The Chicago Blackhawks are — fortunately — still in the playoffs, on their way to the second round against the Minnesota Wild. Lest you say I’m jumping the gun here, […]

No Stamkos? No problem! Tyler Johnson has the goals.
On the 15th day of the NHL playoffs, four of the top five goal-scoring leaders have been knocked out of the post-season: the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko (6) and the Preadators’ […]

Salary Cap Projections Will Affect Boston Bruins Free Agent Decisions
The Boston Bruins received some unwelcome news from National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Sunday. Gary Bettman says next year's NHL salary cap is projected to be $71.5M. — […]

Pucks from Riga: Latvia and the Way to the 2015 World Championship
Among the former Soviet republics, the most frequently mentioned  “hockey countries” (after Russia, of course) are usually Belarus and Ukraine, sometimes Kazakhstan too: but in the last few years a […]

Norris Nod Shows Price is Right For P.K.
When P.K. Subban signed a contract extension last season that gave him the highest cap hit among all National Hockey league defensemen, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin took some […]

Ken Hitchcock Would be Perfect Fit in San Jose
Hitchcock to San Jose Makes Sense As our friends at Puck Daddy recently noted, NHL teams often hire a hard nosed coach to replace a players coach and vice versa. […]

A Closer Look at Kronwall’s Hit
The Detroit Red Wings lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Monday night, forcing a Game 7 in their first round playoff matchup. While that is a big enough story […]

OHL Conference Final a Glimpse Into Oilers Future
The OHL’s Western Conference final has already had it’s share of excitement and given fans a reason to tune in. Edmonton Oilers fans have even more incentive to take a […]

Peter Chiarelli’s Top 5 Trades as Boston’s General Manager
Peter Chiarelli’s tenure as the General Manager of the Boston Bruins is over, now it’s time to reflect. Based on the team’s performance this past season, a lot of people […]

Hockey News: Capitals Win Game 7; Hitchcock Singing the Blues
If you’re the St. Louis Blues, what do you do? Since returning to the playoffs in the 2011-12 season, the Blues have won a total of one playoff series, despite […]

Devils Season Review Part 2: Defense Rising
The defense of the New Jersey Devils have had their ups and downs this past regular season. In one sense, it has been far better than their anemic offense. In […]

What Sharks Fans Don’t Want to Hear
A Shocking Thought The season is done; there is no more hoping for a playoff spot, no more wishing for a big deadline acquisition, and no more Todd McLellan versus […]

Minnesota Wild Regular Season Report Card
With the regular season and their miraculous run back into the postseason in the Minnesota Wild past, we can give them some grades for their season performance. It was yet […]

Why Corey Perry Should Have Been a Dallas Star
Once upon a time, the Dallas Stars owned a 1st round draft pick in arguably the best draft in history, the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. However, the Ducks felt they […]

No Swiss Cheese: Ducks Must Beware Of Jonas Hiller
View image | Rewind quickly to the 2014 playoffs for the Anaheim Ducks. Jonas Hiller, a proud veteran of the National Hockey League and an Olympian for Switzerland, is […]

3 Potential Edmonton Oilers Off-Season Blockbusters
Having missed the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season, the coming off-season will be one filled with great change for the perpetually poor Edmonton Oilers. Coaches have come and gone, […]

3 Keys for the Rangers Against the Capitals
Alas, we will NOT have a much-desired Rangers-Islanders playoff series, as the hockey gods decided to toy with us before ultimately delivering more of the same: Rangers vs. Capitals. Familiar […]

Rangers’ Playoff Mantra: Change the Ending
I’ll spare you the gory details of how last season ended for the New York Rangers. In spite of a run that, at times, made them feel like a team […]

Roman Josi Not A Norris Finalist: Are You Kidding Me?
The NHL Awards are extremely controversial. In nearly every award, depending on which market you live in, there is almost always a player left out as a finalist. Nashville Predators […]

Voice of the Stars Moving on to Act 2
The 2015-16 season will be the first season in Dallas Stars history without Ralph Strangis’ familiar voice in the broadcast booth. Strangis’ departure was a surprise to most, but as […]

Corey Crawford Gets Another Chance To Prove Himself
  Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville says that Corey Crawford will be the starting goalie when the Hawks open up their second round playoff series with the Minnesota Wild […]

5 Key First-Round Takeaways for Montreal Canadiens
It wasn’t pretty, with the Montreal Canadiens needing six games to eliminate the Ottawa Senators, but playoff hockey rarely is. And there’s a good chance it’s only going to get […]

Give and Take; Rangers Lose Zuccarello, Gain Klein
Give a penny, take a penny. The Rangers are getting a key player back in Kevin Klein, but losing another key player in Mats Zuccarello for the second round of […]

Hockey Back in Pop Culture with Upcoming Pixar Film
In America, there’s a sense that hockey is a niche sport. There’s a large following, sure, but the NHL usually does not garner the amount of coverage or respect of the […]

Capitals’ Game 7 is Alex Ovechkin’s Chance to Shine
It’s no secret that the Washington Capitals are usually terrible in home-ice Game 7 showdowns. For whatever reason, their superstar Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the team fail to […]

Klein Should Boost the Rangers to Another Level
Kevin Klein will return to the Rangers for game 1 of their second round playoff series. Klein told Blue Shirts United about his status after practice on Monday, “I feel I’m in good […]

NHL Playoff Ramblings: Another Game 7
Not again! With the way this is going, you might as well give every tooth of mine a root canal. Tonight’s Capitals game against the Islanders is going to be […]

Carolina Hurricanes: A Broken Team? Or Ready to Break Out?
The 2014-2015 season was just another in a long list of forgettable seasons in the Carolina Hurricanes franchise history. There were very few bright spots throughout the year: The emergence […]

Chicago Blackhawks – Minnesota Wild Series Preview
With the Minnesota Wild closing out the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of their first round series on Sunday, it is now known that they will be the ones […]

Two of the Three Vezina Candidates Move On
All three 2015 Vezina Trophy candidates made it to the first round of the playoffs, but only two of those three goaltenders have made it past the first round. With […]

Montreal Canadiens – Round 1 Studs and Duds
  Phew. That was close. THANK YOU Carey Price! After surviving an intense and closely contested battle with the Ottawa Senators, the Habs can breathe a sigh of relief as […]

3 Potential Offseason Trades for the Dallas Stars
As some teams are busy playing postseason hockey, the Dallas Stars are preparing for next season’s run. With the Stars giving up more goals than almost everyone in the NHL, […]

Leafs Net: Bernier, Reimer or Someone New?
The Leafs fan-base has a hilarious rivalry: Bernier fans vs. Reimer fans.  And while both goalies are OK and each have things to recommend them, not too much is more […]

Change Imminent as Blues Make (Yet) Another Early Playoff Exit
The St. Louis Blues just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to playoff hockey. Regardless of who they play or who’s on their roster they are either too injured, […]

Ray Bishop: Mask Painter to the Stars
Renowned artist and painter Ray Bishop is known for creating some of the NHL’s best-known masks. Dominik Hasek, Ryan Miller, Jimmy Howard, Al Montoya, Devan Dubnyk and a host of […]

The Carey Price Show: Playoffs Edition
In my previous article, I talked about how the Habs were playing with fire if they were waiting for Carey Price to win them that final game in the series […]

3 Things the Red Wings Need to do to Win Game 6
I’ll be completely honest with you: I picked the Lightning to win this series in 6 games. Yet, here we are, on the brink of game 6, and it is […]

Three Reasons for Canucks Round One Loss
Vancouver Failed To Keep Momentum After staving off elimination in game 5 while outshooting the Flames 43-21, the Canucks momentum clearly carried over to game 6 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Vancouver […]

Las Vegas Black Knights Concept Jersey
A few months ago I shared some concept creations for the newly announced Las Vegas franchise from the talented sparky chewbarky from Now that there is official word of […]

3 Keys to Clinching Series for Red Wings
Detroit’s fate rests in their hands – they can close out their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on home ice. Mike Babcock will be able to roll […]

Bye Bye Blues
Bye bye Blues – Game 6 in the series for the St. Louis Blues against the Minnesota Wild was a must-win for the Blues. Trailing the Wild three games to […]

Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse, the Future of the Oilers?
Before I dive into this article, let me preface it with this, because I know some readers will be up in arms. I’m aware that Connor McDavid isn’t a member […]

Canadiens Revert to Familiar Style to Finish Off Senators
All season long, the story surrounding the Montreal Canadiens was they are a mediocre team, backed by an extraordinary goaltender. Carey Price certainly did not dispel that notion last night, […]

Shades of 2004: The Flames Impress in the Playoffs
Way, way back in 2004, the Calgary Flames opened a lot of eyes and leaped forward in their organization’s development. Aided by a rag-tag group of seemingly mis-matched players playing […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey – Gimpy Gump Out for Series?
It appears that Montreal Canadiens goalkeeper Gump Worsley may miss the rest of the Stanley Cup final with a leg injury.  Worsley suffered a torn thigh muscle during the warmup […]

Desjardins’ Role With Chicago Proves Sharks’ Incompetence
In today’s NHL, teams need to be able to roll four quality lines. Three quality lines is close but not good enough and if you have only two quality lines, […]

Predators Lose in 6, Despite Being Better Team
The Nashville Predators’ potentially historic year came to a close on Saturday night. In the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Predators lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in […]

Tough Choices Ahead for Blues
It’s easy to be a pessimist, because everyone’s happy if you’re wrong — but you look prescient if you’re right. After a fourth straight premature playoff exit for the St. […]

Rangers Must Be Better If A Long Run Is In Store
The Rangers won their first round series over the Penguins by a 4-1 margin, but you would’ve never guessed it had you just watched the games individually, one-by-one. As far […]

Alex Ovechkin: The 2nd Best LW in Hockey History
This season, Alex Ovechkin is putting the finishing touches on another fine campaign. He finished 4th in the NHL in points, and won his fifth goalscoring title. That puts him […]

Rangers-Islanders is Both the Series We Deserve and the One We Need
Thank you, Lieutenant Gordon, for inspiring that title. For the New York Rangers, from a standpoint of having an “easier road”, there shouldn’t really be too much concern over whether […]

The 8 Best Montreal Canadiens Stats From Round 1
The Montreal Canadiens clinched a berth into the second round of the playoffs with a strange 2-0 win in Game 6 on Sunday night. They’ll face the winner of the […]

The Cinderella Sens Come to an End
It’s Over. It’s All Over. I was really hoping my first post as an Ottawa Senators THW member would’ve been on a brighter note but this could be just as interesting. […]

Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle: One Must Go
The Edmonton Oilers are poised to become a dramatically different team once the 2015-16 NHL season begins, and it will likely result from the addition of a single player. Following the surprising, […]

Hockey Gods, Please Bring Babcock to Buffalo
So the lottery balls didn’t bounce in favor of the Buffalo Sabres and they miss out on Connor McDavid – big deal. The Sabres still have the opportunity to select […]

The 6 Best Minnesota Wild Stats From Round 1
The Minnesota Wild were the last Western Conference team to punch their ticket for the second round of the playoffs, beating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Sunday. Here are […]

Michael Ferland Lighting Physical Fire For Calgary Flames
Michael Ferland may not be a household name to the casual NHL fan, but he is one of Calgary’s playoff heroes. In the Flames’ first-round series against the hated Vancouver […]

St. Louis Needs to Drop Hitchcock
For the third year in a row, the St. Louis Blues entered the Stanley Cup Playoffs with championship aspirations. For the third year in a row, that same team has […]

Mikhail Grigorenko: Setting Reasonable Expectations
Mikhail Grigorenko has struggled to meet expectations in his three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres organization.  The 20-year-old is restricted free agent this summer and the Sabres have a decision […]

Why Mikael Backlund Should Stop Guaranteeing Wins
View image | “There’s no way we’re losing at home,” Backlund told the Calgary Sun after the Flames dropped game five to the Canucks. Not surprisingly, this momentary lapse […]

The Washington Capitals are in Game 7: Uh-Oh.
The Washington Capitals should have won Game 6 in their Stanley Cup Quarterfinal series with the New York Islanders – instead of losing it 3-1. A win for the Caps […]

Should #23 be #6 for the Avalanche?
Milan Hejduk first joined thee Colorado Avalanche in the 1998-1999 season after being a fourth round draft pick of the then Quebec Nordiques.  Hejduk would play his entire NHL career […]

The Nashville Predators’ Loss is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Gain
The Nashville Predators’ (arguably surprisingly) defeat at the hands of the surging Chicago Blackhawks on April 25, 2015 in the 1st-round of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is the […]

Minnesota Wild Must Look Forward
It has been a crazy season for the Minnesota Wild. From a hot start in the fall to the mumps decimating the locker room to a massive slump all the […]

Hockey News: Blackhawks, Flames Advance
It doesn’t seem to matter the opponent; the Chicago Blackhawks will just continue to make their mark on the NHL. After falling behind to the Nashville Predators 2-0 and 3-1 […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey – Hull Has Hawks Even
Montreal Canadiens’ coach Toe Blake made a switch in goalkeepers for game four of the Stanley Cup final last night, and the result was exactly what Chicago Black Hawk superstar Bobby […]

The 8 Best Chicago Blackhawks Stats From Round 1
The Chicago Blackhawks clinched their opening round series on Saturday night with a 4-3 road win over the Nashville Predators. Here’s a look at the eight best Chicago Blackhawks stats […]

An Ode To Saint Petr Mrazek Of Detroit
In the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 10 goaltenders were selected before the Detroit Red Wings finally selected Petr Mrazek of the Ottawa 67’s. The 2009-2010 season was Mrazek’s first with […]

Six Canadiens Who Need To Step Up In Game Six
The Montreal Canadiens head to Ottawa tonight looking to knock off the pesky Senators team whose season appeared over months ago, and really looked finished when Dale Weise scored in overtime […]

The 6 Best Calgary Flames Stats From Round 1
Saturday night the Calgary Flames bested the Vancouver Canucks for the final time this season, clinching their opening round series and setting up a second round battle against the Anaheim […]

Rangers Rewarded with Rest and Recovery
Finally, the New York Rangers found a way to close out a series early. Despite a hard push from the Pittsburgh Penguins and a series that had nothing but tight […]

Five Great Boston Bruins Playoff Moments Since 2008
Feeling down about the Boston Bruins missing the postseason for the first time since 2007? Fear not, Black and Gold faithful. The past seven years have given Bruins fans plenty […]

2015 NHL Mock Draft: McDavid a McOiler
The drama of the draft lottery has now played out. We now know Connor McDavid will sport the blue and gold of the Edmonton Oilers. Unless something unforeseen occurs: McDavid pulls […]

Meet The Steal Of The NHL Draft
The NHL Draft is always known for those selected at the top. But the spectacle of the draft goes way beyond just the 1st round.  The teams that consistently make […]


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