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A Golden Opportunity for Connor Hellebuyck
As is so often the case in professional sports, an injury for one player is an opportunity for another, and Connor Hellebuyck just got a golden one from the hockey gods. Ondrej Pavelec suffered a knee injury on Saturday, November 21 against the Arizona Coyotes when Coyotes captain Shane Doan drove the net hard. Some […]

NHL COO John Collins Leaving League
A major departure from the NHL has occurred as the league’s Chief Operating Officer John Collins is leaving for a new business venture. The move was announced via press release on Tuesday night. “John leaves a lasting mark,” said Commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped […]

6 Takeaways From Quarter Mark of Sabres Season
We’re a quarter of the way through the season. That gives us a chance to step back from the action and analyze the performance of NHL teams and players thus far. Here are six takeaways from the Buffalo Sabres season 2015-16 campaign. The Sabres Might Have a Franchise Goalie There’s a good possibility the Sabre […]

Montreal Canadiens Interim Report Card: First Quarter Edition
Everything’s gone right for the Montreal Canadiens through the first 22 games of the 2015-16 season. Not only are the Habs in prime position to make the playoffs, but they’re also in great shape to win the division — they have a nine-point lead on the second-place Ottawa Senators. Mind you, it’s still early, and […]

Canucks Quarter Season Analysis
The Canucks only have amassed eight wins through their first 22 games of 2015-16, highlighted by some brilliant games but a lot of inconsistency. The good is that the Canucks play in the Pacific Division, and their 22 points in 22 games has them in third place; the Kings lead the Pacific with only 26 points. Currently, the […]

James Reimer Leaves Practice After “Awkward Fall”
One of the hottest goaltenders in the NHL right now, James Reimer, left Toronto Maple Leafs practice on Tuesday after being potentially injured in what Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston termed an “awkward fall.” It’s not entirely clear from reports what happened because the team has not addressed it, but many writers tweeted out on Tuesday afternoon […]

Why Are the Nashville Predators Not Scoring?
Like the weather in most of North America, the Nashville Predators offense has gone cold. The Predators have been shutout the last three games and are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The franchise has gone a club-record 213 minutes and 47 seconds without a goal. The scoring-drought has caused Nashville to tumble […]

UND Hockey: A Look Back at the Weekend
So far this season, special teams have been the Achilles Heel of the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks hockey team. Historically, UND is known for their special teams play. Almost yearly, UND is in the top-20 of Division I hockey for special teams play. So far this season, the Fighting Hawks have struggled on […]

Penguins Power Play: What the Numbers Tell Us
The Pittsburgh Penguins have plenty of issues right now, some on the ice and some behind the bench. One of the most notable challenges facing this team is their lack of scoring and more specifically, their lack of scoring on the power play. The Penguins’ power play unit began last season with an absurd amount […]

10 Things New Jersey Devils Fans Are Thankful For
Thanksgiving comes but once a year. Well, OK, Canada already celebrated the holiday last month if one wants to get technical. Nevertheless, it is a time to be thankful and give thanks. This also applies to hockey and this season New Jersey Devils fans have a good amount to be thankful about. 10.) Prudential Center […]

The San Jose Sharks: 5 Things to Be Thankful For
There are lots of things to be thankful for with the San Jose Sharks. Way more than five. But it’s the holiday season so we’ll keep this list short. Hopefully, you’re spending Thanksgiving with friends and family, even if that means avoiding subjects like politics and religion. At least everyone can agree on hockey, right? […]

Edmonton Oilers: It’s Laurent Brossoit’s Time to Shine in Goal
In reality, it has been years, no, decades since the Edmonton Oilers last retained a true, number one goaltender. In reality, you could argue that Tommy Salo, who played for the Oilers from 1998-2004, was the last goaltender to give Edmonton consistent, definitive stability between the pipes on a nightly basis. Looking for a more sure bet? […]

Marco Scandella Expected Out At Least 3 More Games
The Minnesota Wild have been without some key pieces of the puzzle over their last stretch, which includes some troubles winning on the road. One of those missing pieces has been defenseman Marco Scandella, who has been one of their best defenders this season. Scandella missed some time dealing with a personal matter, then came […]

Predators Have Become the Prey
The Nashville Predators hit a franchise low in a 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers Monday. For the first time in team history, Nashville has been shutout for three consecutive games with the first two coming in 4-0 losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday and Minnesota Wild Saturday. It has been 213:47 since […]

Nathan Gerbe Placed on IR
The Carolina Hurricanes have placed forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve, the team announced on Tuesday. The placement is retroactive to November 22 when Gerbe suffered a lower-body injury in the opening frame of a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The injury occurred when he took a big hit into the boards from […]

Weekly Fantasy Roundup: Stafford Takes Flight for Jets
This is the third edition of weekly roundup. In this article we take a look at the last seven days of hockey in the NHL. The article will focus on players who might not be a franchise star, but have been lighting the lamp for their team. We also look at the stars of the […]

Varlamov Returns to Save the Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche have been playing without their number one goalie for some time now. That came to an end last night, as Semyon Varlamov took back control of his crease. Varlamov didn’t have to stand on his head like the last couple of years, as the shots against have been cut down by quite […]

Anders Nilsson, Cam Talbot and the Edmonton Oilers
We are now 23 days into the month of November and the Edmonton Oilers have played nine games, posting a 3-5-1 mark. While their record may not be where they want it to be, the fact the Oilers have handed over the starters role to Anders Nilsson over the past three weeks is nothing short […]

How the Kings Set Their Thanksgiving Table
There’s still a sizable portion of the NHL season remaining, but a certain celebration of food really signifies the start of more meaningful games. When Thanksgiving rolls around, the new car smell has officially worn off in the hockey world. Trades, free agent signings, prospects making their debut, and coaching additions are no longer a […]

The Wrap Around: Halfway Through The Circus Trip
Good day readers.  As you hopefully recall from our post last week, Kristi Loucks and I have teamed up together for an occasional series of articles we will refer to collectively as The Wrap Around. In last week’s inaugural piece, we previewed the Blackhawks longest road trip of the year known as The Circus Trip. […]

Hockey Headlines: News on Ondrej Pavalec, the Red Wings and More
A collection of all the latest news from around the world of hockey: Expansion to Seattle may be the league’s first choice. [Puck Daddy] It was a special night for the Ferraro family. [Stanley Cup of Chowder] Feast your eyes on the Red Wings Stadium Series jersey. [CBS] Ondrej Pavalec has been lost to injury. […]

The Top Draft Picks in NHL History: 2000-10
The annual NHL Entry Draft affords each team the opportunity to drastically improve their rosters through the addition of highly skilled young talent. With a current organization of seven draft picks allotted per team over seven rounds, players selected in the first rounds of the Draft retain the highest skills and potential, the majority of which are considered to be […]

The Biggest Draft Busts in NHL History: 2000-10
Each June, NHL teams look forward to the opportunity of drafting exciting and highly talented new players to their respective organizations. Of course, those selected in earlier rounds are determined to be of the highest skill and potential, while those selected in later rounds are typically viewed as long shots of becoming everyday NHL players. […]

New York Islanders Franchise Turkeys
As New York Islanders fans sit down at the dinner table with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday, they will reflect on the past year and give thanks. They will also give thanks that these figures are no longer part of the New York Islanders franchise. Don Maloney The long-time New York Ranger and former […]

Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin: The Debate Rages On
The date was June 25th, 2010, a day in which the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, was jam-packed with young, hopeful hockey players from all around the world eager to fulfill their childhood dream of being drafted into the NHL. On this day, the first round of the annual Entry Draft was completed, with 30 […]

Halak Owns the Habs… and other Montreal Canadiens Myths
Can we finally put to bed this notion that New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak owns his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, following this past weekend’s home-and-home series sweep by the Habs? A Little Habs-Halak History Oh, it may have started out that way. However, ever since starting off his post-Habs career with four straight […]

3 Things To Make Philadelphia Flyers Fans Thankful This Holiday Season
Most Philadelphia Flyers fans would agree that the team has performed below expectations this season. The level of one’s disappointment will depend on what one’s expectations were going into the season, but all can agree that things have been rough. Although nobody expected them to be Stanley Cup contenders, the general consensus was that they […]

Notes From A Thankful Blues Fan
Thanksgiving is this Thursday here in the US and there’s plenty of hockey to watch leading up to Turkey Day with the St. Louis Blues in Buffalo tonight and Pittsburgh Wednesday. While I’m counting my blessings I figured I’d share a few things about the Blues I’m thankful for. While I could come up with more, here […]

Andrew Hammond “Stalled” in Recovery
Ottawa Senators back-up goaltender Andrew Hammond doesn’t appear close to returning to the lineup. Hammond has been on injured reserve since November 15 when he took a puck to the mask during practice and was shelved with an undisclosed injury. Senators coach Dave Cameron told media on Monday that Hammond has “stalled” in his recovery […]

Zach Parise Won’t Return This Week
The Minnesota Wild will be without their star forward Zach Parise for the rest of this week. There had been speculation that Parise was a possibility for Wednesday’s game after he returned to practice this week. Those hopes were dashed on Monday when the team announced that they don’t expect him back in any of […]

Pavelec’s Injury Could Be Blessing in Disguise for Jets
When Shane Doan collided with Ondrej Pavelec in the second period during the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 win, the whole arena held their breath. Even though Pavelec toughed out the rest of the period, Micheal Hutchinson lead the Jets out to start the third period, and Pavelec was seen leaving the arena in crutches. This injury could […]

Will the Bruins Sign Torey Krug to a Long Term Deal?
Torey Krug is playing more minutes. In 19 games, Krug has seen his time on ice jump from last season’s two-month average of 20:11 to 22:05. He already surpassed the 25-minute mark in one game, recording 26:06 of ice time against the Dallas Stars in the Boston Bruins’ 11th game of the season. That didn’t […]

Jimmy Howard Would be a Fit in Calgary
Calgary’s goaltending has been widely ineffective this season, ranging from Karri Ramo to Jonas Hiller to Joni Ortio. Ramo, 29, leads the three with 13 starts, 6 wins, 3.04 GAA and .901 SV%. Hiller, 33, comes next with two wins, a 2.67 GAA and a .861 SV%. Then comes the 24-year-old Ortio with zero wins […]

Maple Leafs MVP at the Quarter Season Mark
The Toronto Maple Leafs just recently passed the game that marked a quarter of their season. It’s been a particularly interesting campaign so far with many interesting story lines to follow. Mike Babcock has been a coaching revelation for the team and has provided the players with structure and purpose each and every night. Some […]

Greg Pateryn Deserves a Full-Time Spot on Montreal’s Blue Line
Greg Pateryn had to wait until November 14th to play his first game with the Canadiens this season. Jarred Tinordi, who is healthy, still hasn’t even played one game. When Alexei Emelin went down with an injury, a somewhat interesting decision to put Pateryn in the Habs line up instead of Jarred Tinordi was made. […]

Flyers Lack of Coaching Experience Showing
The Philadelphia Flyers have started out the 2015-16 season like they’re dragging cement blocks behind them. They’re 6-9-5 and are second last within the Metropolitan Division. Yes, even the Carolina Hurricanes have more points than the Flyers this season. The source of their woes has been a lack of offense. Through 20 games played, the […]

Penguins Party Hard in Support of Fan Movement
What does it mean to party hard? For the Pittsburgh Penguins faithful it means watching their team tickle the twine, followed by Andrew W.K. blasting from the Consol Energy Center speakers. See, just a short time ago the Penguins lacked an identity when it came to a goal song. It was always the same generic, […]

What Does Petter Granberg Acquisition Mean for Predators?
If the Nashville Predators needed anything to enhance their roster, it would be on offense. So, claiming defenseman Petter Granberg off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday came as quite the surprise. Granberg, 23, missed all of training camp and has yet to play a game this season due to a torn Achilles tendon. […]

Recapping The Bruins Five-Game Homestand
The TD Garden has not been kind to the Boston Bruins this season. Entering their most recent five-game homestand, they were a measly 1-4-1 in Boston. Thanks to their road form (6-2-0), the Bruins were in a position to right the ship with some winnable matchups in their personal house of horrors. It was arguably […]

Canes Faulk Powering to Early Norris Whispers
Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Justin Faulk is quietly putting together a season that has Norris Trophy potential. Of course it is early, but he is setting a power play goal-scoring pace for defencemen that is remarkable. In Sunday’s 4-3 ‘Canes win against the Los Angeles Kings, Faulk notched his seventh and eighth power play goals on […]

Best NWHL Stats This Week: Goals Gallore
Our weekly look through the best NWHL stats of the last week. Emily Pfalzer Posts Five Emily Pfalzer put up five assists in Sunday’s game. That’s a NWHL record for most points and most assists in a single game. Coming into the weekend, Hilary Knight led the NWHL in assists with five. That’s a massive […]

Every NHL Team’s Top Line
Although the season is still young and teams continue to shuffle around their forward line combinations, there are some which already found chemistry. But which is the best line for every team so far this season? I have come up with a proposal and short explanation for each team. Feel free to use the comment […]

Olli Maatta’s Injury Should Force Trade
Last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins defensive corps suffered a major blow. They were decimated by injuries last season and the 2015-16 season is seemingly starting the same way. Third-year defender Olli Maatta was hit and it was initially believed to be either a knee or shoulder injury. However, a brief amount of time passed and […]

THW Live: Reviewing the first quarter of the NHL season
The 2015-16 NHL season is a quarter of the way finished, and if we’ve learned anything so far, it’s that you can never predict what’s going to happen. The Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars are the top teams while the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled mightily out of the gate. This week’s […]

Brandon Davidson and the Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson was in a bit of a tough spot heading into training camp. In order for the 24-year old to start the year in the NHL, he needed to make enough of an impression on head coach Todd McLellan to slot him above two of Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference, Oscar Klefbom, Nikita […]

10 Reasons Minnesota Wild Fans Should be Thankful
Thanksgiving is only days away, and that means everyone is starting to think about all the things they’re thankful for. Family, friends and health are the answers you typically hear when families gather together during the holidays. But if you’re a Minnesota Wild fan, here are ten more reasons you should be thankful this Thanksgiving. 1. It’s Hockey Season […]

The Grind Line: Detroit Red Wings Pending Restricted Free Agents
This offseason, the Detroit Red Wings front office will face tough decisions when it comes to building their future. Last week, The Grind Line Red Wings writers evaluated the probability of pending unrestricted free agents staying put, a group now without Justin Abdelkader, who signed a long-term contract with his hometown team. This week, we […]

Justin Faulk Emerging As Bonafide Number One Defenseman In Carolina
There aren’t a lot of bright spots so far for the 2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes, a team that is currently 14th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference with a record of 7-10-3 and a porous goal differential of -18. Luckily for them, however, the biggest of the bright spots that they do have is standing out so […]

Milestone Monday: Ovi, Marleau, Trotz & More
Russian to the Top Alex Ovechkin becomes highest scoring Russian ever this week when he potted his 484th carer goal. It came on the heels of an atypical four-game goalless stretch. He passes 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Sergei Fedorov to claim the honor. Fedorov scored 483 goals in 1,248 game. Ovechkin now has 485 […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Campbell – Francis Caused Riot
National Hockey League president Clarence Campbell is upset with several players on the New York Rangers and especially general manager Emile Francis. Campbell says that Francis was solely responsible for the ugly scene in Madison Square Garden Sunday evening in which he was involved in a fracas with several fans. Ten Rangers players scaled the […]

Who Is the Most Underrated Player in the NHL? Part One
I think it is fair to say that the NHL has undergone a statistical revolution over the last several years. Whether it is the move towards looking at possession stats like Corsi or Fenwick, placing a premium on even-strength production, or using tools like Hero or Bombay Charts to  compare players, the ability to analyze […]

Rangers Hoping for Another Nashty Streak
The New York Rangers’ torrid start to the season is all the more remarkable given that prior to the past weekend, they had gotten almost no goal-scoring production out of star forward Rick Nash. Entering Saturday’s contest in Florida against the Panthers, the hulking winger had only scored two goals in 17 games this season, and only one […]

Canucks Lose Ben Hutton for 2 Weeks
The Vancouver Canucks are going to be without rookie defenseman Ben Hutton for two weeks, according to coach Willie Desjardins on Sunday. It appears to be a bit of a loose timeline with Desjardins saying that he expects Hutton to be gone “something around two weeks.” Hutton has already missed two games after suffering an […]

History is Made at the HarborCenter
On Nov. 22, the Connecticut Whale returned to the HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY – the scene of the crime, where they had stolen a win from the Beauts with a flukey goal in the third period. The Whale brought a huge contingent of fans with them, as the mainly full stands were dotted with nearly […]

Brendan Gallagher Breaks 2 Fingers, Out Indefinitely
The Montreal Canadiens will be without agitating winger Brendan Gallagher for quite a while. He’s been ruled out indefinitely after breaking a couple of fingers while blocking a shot in Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders, the team announced. The announcement says that Gallagher is expected to undergo surgery for the broken fingers on […]

Report: Dainius Zubrus Will Sign With San Jose
In Saturday’s “Headlines” segment on Sportsnet, Damien Cox reported that it sounds like Dainius Zubrus will sign a contract with the San Jose Sharks this week. Zubrus was bought out of the final year of his contract with the New Jersey Devils this summer. The buyout came during the second buyout window that opens up […]

Trading Hamonic, It’s Complicated
The New York Islanders fan base was thrown a huge curve ball this past week. It became public that one of the Islanders most counted on blue liners, Travis Hamonic requested a trade before the start of the season due to personal reasons regarding a family issue. Hamonic is on record stating this has nothing […]

Dallas Stars’ “Two-Headed Goalie Monster” Makes Radiant Saves
In Summer 2015, Jim Nill traded the Stars’ sixth round pick to the Sharks for the rights to Antti Niemi in the 2015 offseason, stunning fans and media alike. The Stars now had important decisions to make in net, with Kari Lehtonen coming off a weak season with five years still left on his seven-season […]

Is John Klingberg’s Game Already at Erik Karlsson’s Level?
Going into Saturday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres the Stars lead the Western Conference with a 16-4 record.  During that time, John Klingberg has continued to emerge as the dynamic catalyst behind the Stars prolific offensive attack. The 23-year-old Klingberg has an insane 22 points (4g,18a) in 20 games, to go along with a […]

Pittsburgh Penguins: 3 Lessons Learned Through First Quarter
Who are these Pittsburgh Penguins? That feels like a question that’s weighing on the minds of everyone who follows the Penguins on a nightly basis. Is this a poor defensive team that’s piling up victories due to their stellar goaltending? Are they a potent offense, capable of winning 6-5 hockey games? Can they win tight-checking, low-scoring […]

Game Day Featured Player: Emily Pfalzer
To Buffalonians, their city is its own personal rallying cry. At any sporting event, the chant of “Let’s Go Buff-a-lo!” will roar off of the rafters and bounce back like a monster, waiting to swallow its opponents whole. Around the country, though, Buffalo is known for three things: wings, snow, and hockey. The city has […]

Leafs Daily: Reimer, Nylander & a Look at the Marlies
LEAFS DAILY: Wow, that was one boring weekend of hockey games. The Leafs won one, lost one, and both games featured about a combined one minute of scoring/scoring chances and 118 minutes of boring, goaless hockey. The win against the Hurricanes was nice because the team was able to come from behind and at least […]

The Nuck Stops Here: Daniel Sedin, Jake Virtanen
‘The Nuck Stops Here’ is a Vancouver Canucks news and opinion column running every Sunday throughout the season. NEWS Canucks Recall Taylor Fedun The following is a press-release from the organization: Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled defenceman Taylor Fedun from the AHL Utica Comets. Fedun, 27, […]

Petter Granberg Claimed by Nashville
Both players waived on Saturday have now been claimed on Sunday. The Nashville Predators have claimed former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Petter Granberg, the team announced on Sunday. Granberg missed all of training camp and this season due to a torn Achilles tendon suffered during the offseason. The 2010 4th round pick was waived by […]

Bruins Claim Landon Ferraro
The Boston Bruins have claimed former Detroit Red Wings rookie Landon Ferraro off waivers, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. The 24-year-old Ferraro was waived by the Red Wings on Saturday. He is just coming off an injury and the team’s forward group is full. They took the risk, deciding to return Ferraro to the AHL’s […]

Blackhawks Team Awards Through the Quarter Season Mark
How an NHL team performs through the first quarter of the regular season is often a terrific indicator of how that team will finish at the end of the year. While that doesn’t exactly bode well for the Blackhawks given their current fourth place position in the loaded Central Division, there are still many positives to […]

Diamonds in the Rough: The Flyers and 6th Round Success
Over the past few seasons in Philadelphia there has been a renewed emphasis on the importance of drafting. Beyond just the early round picks, who are expected to eventually become NHL players, a successful organization must find players in the later rounds who contribute to the NHL squad. In looking at the Flyers prospects pool, it […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Near-Riot in New York
A scene like never before unfolded in last night’s wild National Hockey League game between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden in New York. In the game, which ended in a 3-3 tie, a number of fans and Ranger general manager  Emile Francis became incensed with a goal judge […]

3 Wild Players Having a Better Season in 2015-16
So far this season, the Minnesota Wild have remained above water in the Western Conference standings. Despite suffering a rash of injuries and illness, the Wild have continued their winning ways. Through 18 games, the Wild have a 10-5-3 record and if the playoffs started today, they would be one of the 16 teams in […]


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