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Fantasy Hockey and the Goalie Conundrum
Just two weeks into the new season and the Los Angeles Kings and fantasy hockey owners are already struggling to stay afloat thanks in large part to their goaltending issues. Starters like Coyotes’ Mike Smith and Kings’ Jonathan Quick are already sidelined – likely creating major holes in some fantasy lineups and their backups aren’t […]

Defensive Concerns Coming True for Penguins
No one gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a shot last season, despite how dangerous they looked on offense. Anyone you asked about Pittsburgh responded in a similar fashion: Their defense is nowhere near good enough to contend for a Stanley Cup. Interestingly, their defensive group ended up being a major strength for them down the stretch. […]

Cam Talbot: Fantasy Goalie of the Future
Cam Talbot is not is not in the same conversation as Braden Holtby or Carey Price in fantasy (or real) hockey. Cam Talbot is not a goalie that might be taken in the first round of a fantasy draft, with an ADP of 151.8 in Yahoo leagues, which is the 26th goalie. In ESPN leagues, […]

Francis Rebuild Needs New Direction
If there’s one thing Carolina Hurricanes fans know about Ron Francis, it’s that he’s precise. He knows what he wants when he wants it and he’s not afraid to go against the grain to get it. Since becoming the club’s general manager in 2014, Francis started to rebuild the team and he’s already having a huge […]

Barzal’s Days Numbered in Brooklyn?
Three penalties in your NHL debut is not the way many pro hockey players want to start their careers, but for a first rounder the likes of New York Islanders’ Mathew Barzal, is it enough to send him back to juniors? At this point in the season, all signs currently point to yes. Thanks to […]

Puck Possession Is Paramount for Kings
By most measures, it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month for the Los Angeles Kings. On October 6, veteran winger Marian Gaborik was placed on injured reserve, courtesy of a broken foot suffered while playing for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey in September. One week later, star goaltender Jonathan […]

Oilers Pass Test with Flying Colours
It was five days ago, in this very spot, that I wrote about the Edmonton Oilers’ embarking on their only difficult stretch of games in the month of October. While they still need to deal with a visit from Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, this trifecta of games can be viewed […]

Devils’ New Faces Have a Job to Do
The New Jersey Devils have delivered some mixed performances since officially dropping the puck on the 2016-17 season. People may have differing opinions on how far the team is capable of going but one thing that is hard to argue is how certain new players have stepped up. During the offseason, general manager Ray Shero […]

Panthers Progressing by the Numbers
After an off-season of change, many fans and pundits alike didn’t quite know what to make of the made-over Florida Panthers. Between the near-total overhaul of the defense corps, the restructuring of the bottom-six forwards and injuries to Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad, opening night of the 2016-17 NHL campaign saw the club dress 10 […]

October 25, 1991: The End of an Era
While the 1980s were kind to the New York Islanders, the start of the next decade was a different story. The four-time Stanley Cup Champions won just one playoff series after their “Drive for Five” stalled in 1984. Their star, Pat LaFontaine grew tired of losing, and more importantly, the uncertainty of ownership. The owner […]

Should Russell’s Play Make Him a Long-Term Oiler?
To say Kris Russell has been a pleasant surprise for the Edmonton Oilers would be understating things. Russell hasn’t just been good, it’s arguable that he’s been one of, if not, the best defenders on the Oilers blue line to start the 2016-17 season. He’s been a reliable, experienced and steady presence, he’s adding offense […]

Leafs’ Puzzling Day of Waivers
The Toronto Maple Leafs always seem to make surprising decisions when it comes to waivers and this Monday was no different. The Leafs started the day by putting Milan Michalek on waivers and finished it by claiming Ben Smith off waivers. TOR claims Smith. Puts Michalek on waivers — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 24, 2016 […]

Hall is Taylor-Made For the Devils
“Dynamic is the word that comes to mind,” goaltender Cory Schneider said when The Hockey Writers asked him what makes his new New Jersey Devils teammate Taylor Hall such a great goal scorer. Schneider would certainly be one to know as he saw plenty of Hall’s abilities on display when they played out west for […]

Rangers’ Depth Already Paying Off
The New York Rangers came into this season with a glut of NHL-capable forwards. While fitting so many good players into a 12-man lineup presented the club with some interesting problems, the benefit of depth made the situation worthwhile. Now, a few minor injuries have hit the Rangers early in the season, but their depth has […]

Flyers Can’t Afford To Trade Goalie
Ask any NHL fan some of the historic traits of the Philadelphia Flyers and two of the top answers will be toughness – on the border of goonery – and a lack of goaltending. However, the 2016-17 Flyers aren’t showing the latter trait with Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth in net. For the first time […]

Fantasy Daily Cheat Sheet: Oct. 25, 2016
It was a slower night in the NHL on Monday with only two games on the docket. Tuesday is anything but slow, as 11 teams square off in action. Will the Arizona Coyotes continue to struggle? Will Tampa Bay stay hot playing on the road against the Maple Leafs? Can Vancouver get back on the […]

The Spooner Shuffle
Ryan Spooner’s interesting start to the 2016-17 season continued on Monday at practice. The Bruins hosted the session at their new Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton and Caryn Switaj filled us in on a few story lines. One thing we learned in her report is Spooner was back to practicing at center. He was running drills with Matt Beleskey and Jimmy […]

More Injured Stars, Dire Goaltending Situation in Boston, Weise on Subban & More News
The Dallas forward group has been decimated by injuries already. But there was good news over the weekend when Ales Hemsky was able to make his season debut. Then there was bad news. Hemsky is out again and has been placed on injured reserve. Hemsky aggravated a groin injury, according to the Dallas Morning News’ […]

What’s Wrong With the Calgary Flames?
It’s probably safe to say that the first five games for the Calgary Flames under new head coach Glen Gulutzan haven’t exactly gone according to plan. While the hopes were that the new-school bench boss could transform the Flames from a shot-blocking reliant group into a puck-possession marvel, it hasn’t quite unfolded that way. After […]

Panik’s Start Cause for Concern?
When the Chicago Blackhawks traded for Richard Panik in January of 2016, he couldn’t crack the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster. His 2015-16 season was spent split between the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, and eventually the Blackhawks. In 33 games with the Marlies, Panik scored nine goals and 25 points. Following his trade to the […]

The Road Gets Tougher for UND
The University of North Dakota Hockey team is having a good run. After going 34-6-4 last season, this season the Fighting Hawks are off and running with 5-0-0 record. Last year, through five games, UND was 3-0-2 (.800). Before we get ahead of ourselves, UND has racked up a 5-0-0 (1.00) record playing opponents with a […]

Underrated Hab: Paul “Breakaway” Byron
The Montreal Canadiens are starting off the 2016-17 season red-hot. New recruits Shea Weber, Alexander Radulov and Artturi Lehkonen have come as advertised and most importantly the Canadiens have a healthy Carey Price in net along with a proven backup in Al Montoya that looks up to the challenge of backing up an MVP goaltender […]

Are the NHL’s Outdoor Games Getting Old?
Who doesn’t love hockey being played out in the open air, reminding everyone (except most of the players) of their days as a kid on frozen ponds? Who doesn’t love watching some of the best players of all time suit up and skate around very slowly, playing a game sort of resembling hockey? Who doesn’t […]

Something’s Different About These Blue Jackets
Remember when the Columbus Blue Jackets started this season 0-2? Fans and some media began their annual tradition of panicking before we reached mid-October. It was two games. With 80 games remaining, there was plenty of time to stabilize things; and after two nice wins against the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, things seem normal […]

Beauvillier Making Case to Stay in Brooklyn
If someone told you before this season that New York Islanders rookie Anthony Beauvillier would be in a four-way tie with Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey and John Tavares for the team lead in scoring and have a better plus/minus than those players through the team’s six games, you’d think they were crazy. Imagine then how […]

Sidney Crosby Making Progress, Bernier Gets New Deal & More News
The reigning Conn Smythe winner and World Cup MVP might be getting close to a return. Pens Inside Scoop noted Monday morning that Sidney Crosby was the first player on the ice for the Penguins at practice Monday. There’s no official update on his status, but it’s a good sign that he won’t miss the […]

Monday Morning Howl: Coyotes Struggle on Road
After starting the season with an overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 15, the Arizona Coyotes headed out on the road for the first time and were looking to improve on last year’s abysmal 13-24-4 road record. However, the team’s struggles away from Gila River Arena would continue; the Coyotes started their week […]

The Sharks Dylan DeMelo Dilemma
San Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo has been the seventh defenseman since the start of the playoffs last season. He sat for all 24 playoff games last season and now through the first six games of the 2016-17 season. DeMelo has demonstrated he can handle NHL-level play, but has lost out to more proven veterans. Still, […]

Facing Off: Promising Predictions Offset By Early Surprises
Facing Off is a weekly column debating five of hockey’s hottest topics each and every Monday. From current events like trades and hat tricks to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion — you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not always with a serious tone. We’re keeping this column light, so keep that in mind when reading, […]

The Grind Line: Ranking Red Wings Defensemen
After Ken Holland was unable to add a premier defenseman to the Detroit Red Wings blue line this summer, the team was forced to enter the season with a collection of second and third-pairing defenders on the roster. Making matters worse, it was determined that veteran leader Niklas Kronwall would require additional time to rest […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: A Very Busy Hockey Weekend
It was a very busy weekend in the fledgling 1966-67 hockey season. The National Hockey League saw a full slate of six games, While seven games were played in the American Hockey League, three in the Western Hockey League and five in the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A Series. Habs, Hawks Off to Fast Starts […]

3 Keys to Red Wings’ Four-Game Winning Streak
The Detroit Red Wings struggled to a 0-2-0 start to begin the 2016-17 season, and it looked like it could be the start of a long season. However, the Red Wings have rattled off four wins in a row, looking like the Red Wings teams of the late 2000s in two of those wins. The […]

Clendening Surprising Rangers Critics
Between the dates of January 30th, 2015, and July 1st, 2016, Adam Clendening was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, and finally the New York Rangers. When players bounce around like Clendening has most people would assume that the player is a mediocre, average-at-best player. […]

Rookie Shane Harper Succeeding on Panthers’ Fourth-Line
When Shane Harper slipped into a Florida Panthers uniform on October 13, he had done something that hundreds of players had before him. Not much fanfare surrounds the typical NHL debut — save for highly-touted rookies, most greenhorn skaters take the ice without drawing excessive attention from the media and fans. According to, 7,456 […]

Fantasy Daily Cheat Sheet: Oct 24, 2016
After a busy weekend in the NHL, there are two games on the NHL schedule on Monday. Both games showcase high scoring teams versus teams that let in a lot of goals. As a result, I’ll be sticking mostly to the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks when making my fantasy selections. This Past Weekend’s Games […]

The New and Improved David Pastrnak
Heading into the 2016-17 NHL season the Boston Bruins had a lot of question marks. Many of those questions circulated around the state of the Bruin’s defensive unit, but in the background were doubts about the forwards as well. One particular unknown was how the Bruins would manage at right wing after losing Loui Eriksson to free agency. Eriksson was on […]

L.A. Exploring Goaltender Trade, Despres Hits LTIR, Mike Smith Update & More News
The Ducks have placed defenseman Simon Despres on long-term injured reserve (LTIR), according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The move is actually pretty significant for the Ducks given their current situation. For one, it’s not great news for Despres’s potential return. He’s officially sidelined with an upper-body injury, but it appears to be head-related again. Despres […]

San Jose Sharks Travel for Miles and Miles
If you are a hockey player and have a fear of flying, do not play for the San Jose Sharks, or for any West Coast team really. During the 2016-17 season the Sharks travel about four percent less than they did during the 2015-16 season, not including any travel associated with pre-season or any playoff […]

Hurricanes Sliding Into Their October Groove
The Carolina Hurricanes are sliding into their October groove. While they have not accumulated the full complement of points that they had legitimate shots at so far this season, they have played hard and are beginning to find a good comfort level with one another. Unfortunately, they are not winning games and this has been […]

Stargazing After 5 Games: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Last season the Dallas Stars had the best record in the Western Conference, so it would be natural to expect them to pick up where they left off. Through the first five games of the season, the Stars are 2-2-1. Each new season brings about change. Going into this season, the Stars said goodbye to […]

Vesey Easing in with Rangers
Jimmy Vesey entered his rookie NHL campaign with much fanfare after his highly-publicized free agent saga culminated with him signing an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. While the Rangers’ season is only five games old, Vesey’s gradual progression over those games has been evident. Most recently, he scored the tying and go-ahead goals […]

Maple Leafs Need To Improve Defense
Let’s start this with some good news. On Saturday, the Toronto Marlies beat the Manitoba Moose 4-2. That brings them to a record of 3-1. Now for the bad news. Also on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a 4-2 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period and once again gave it up. […]

The Nuck Stops Here: Horvat, Sutter, Rodin
‘The Nuck Stops Here’ is a Vancouver Canucks news, opinion, and analysis column that runs every Sunday throughout the regular season. News Anton Rodin Injury Update It is being reported that forward Anton Rodin is not yet ready to return from injury. Rodin, 25, was the Swedish Hockey League MVP last season, but sustained a […]

Projecting Sharks Top Scorers
Prior to the season, the wagering gods linked over and under point totals to star players league-wide.  Put gambling aside, and this gives us some fun numbers to play with.  How spot-on will your predictions be by the end of the 2016-17 season? And how accurate was the line in the first place? Diving into the […]

What Happened to the Oilers 2009 Draft Picks?
It’s a well-known fact that the Edmonton Oilers went through a near decade of abysmal performances at the draft table. In June 2009, the Oilers’ management and scouting staff added to that with several picks that didn’t pan out after the team rolled the dice on some long-term projects. With the 2016-17 season underway, just […]

Broad Street Bulletin: Flyers’ First Five Games
The 2016-17 NHL regular season is officially underway for the Philadelphia Flyers. After five games played, the orange and black currently sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 2-2-1 record. Philadelphia began their season with three straight away games against the Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes, and Chicago Black Hawks. The Flyers […]

Early Avalanche Success Through Tough Schedule
When the Colorado Avalanche released their schedule, it was obvious that the first 10 games of the season were going to be a huge challenge, mostly because of their first road trip that has taken them to Pittsburgh, Washington, Tampa Bay, and Florida. Adding in an opening night game with the high-flying Dallas Stars and […]

Broad Street Breakdown: Flyers’ First Five Games
The 2016-17 NHL regular season is officially underway for the Philadelphia Flyers. After five games played, the orange and black currently sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 2-2-1 record. Philadelphia began their season with three straight away games against the Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes, and Chicago Black Hawks. The Flyers […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Hawks Wreck Wings Home Opener
Chicago Black Hawks won their second straight game of the young National Hockey League season last night. It came at the expense of the Detroit Red Wings, who were hoping to celebrate a win in their home opener. Dennis Hull scored twice, with brother Bobby adding a single as the Black Hawks hammered the Red […]

Ducks Can’t Afford to Trade Fowler
For a second straight year the Anaheim Ducks struggled out of the gates going 1-3-1 on the season-opening road trip. There weren’t many bright spots in their first five games with defensive deficiencies allowing too many quality scoring chances, an invisible offense and penalty problems. While the Ducks as a team have a lot of areas […]


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