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The Clock Is Ticking On The Kings’ Playoff Chances
The Los Angeles Kings are returning home from a five-game road trip that saw them face off against the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild […]

Four Bruins Candidates for Seventh Player Award
The Boston Bruins are ready to hand out their individual honors. The club will hand out the Seventh Player Award before Tuesday night’s tilt with the Florida Panthers. The honor is voted […]

Respect, Hockey’s Biggest Issue
Certainly, this issue can be debated. And without doubt, it will be. But along with the evolving equipment in hockey and the growth of it’s now monstrous players, hockey’s biggest […]

Lightning Officially Playoff Bound
Last night’s win over the Montreal Canadiens officially put the Lightning in the fifth clinched playoff position for the 2014-2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team had the chance to clinch […]

Tribe Has Spoken: “Chief” Berube Must Go
Craig Berube has coached the Flyers for the better part of two seasons now, and has a 72-56-27 record to show for it. It’s not an outstanding record, but under […]

The San Jose Sharks, Vince Lombardi and Strange Decisions
The San Jose Sharks have made plenty of ‘hard to understand’ decisions this season. In that spirit, I will attempt to deconstruct a recent decision, one that most fans probably […]

Andrei Markov: Montreal Canadiens’ Excellence of Execution
It was announced earlier in the week that Andrei Markov is the Montreal Canadiens’ nominee to earn the Bill Masterton Trophy given to the player who embodies perseverance, sportsmanship, and […]

Kevin Shattenkirk Still Deserves Norris Mention
Though the St. Louis Blues are still trying to find their playoff stride with 6 games left in the 2014-15 NHL season, the team has recently welcomed back All-Star defenseman […]

Game of Numbers: New York Islanders Edition
The Game of Numbers is an exclusive THW series looking at upcoming milestones around the NHL. Each team will be looked at individually in three parts – individual player milestones, franchise player […]

Will Kennedy Stick with Isles?
At the trade deadline a couple of weeks ago, the Islanders surprised some as they acquired Tyler Kennedy from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional draft pick. […]

Columbus Blue Jackets: Spoiler or Misunderstood Contender?
Every season, there seems to be one or two teams that play spoiler. These clubs have no business defeating playoff-bound teams, but, somehow, they achieve greatness for a night or […]

Blues’ Effort Forecasts Another Early Playoff Exit
In the post-game interview after the embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, coach Ken Hitchcock indicated that a “lack of urgency” was to blame “(mostly) for the team’s lack […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey – Golden Jet Ready For Wings
Hockey’s Golden Jet, Bobby Hull of the Chicago Black Hawks, says he is ready to take flight against the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night in the first game of their semi-final […]

Hockey News: Jonathan Bernier Controversy; Patrick Kane’s Return
Jonathan Bernier pulled 3 times in March: “Lately it seems like that’s the only solution we’ve found, pull the goalie to motivate the guys” — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 30, […]

Jyrki Jokipakka: The Man Whose Name You’d Love to Touch
Like the iconic “Max Power,” Homer Simpson’s allegedly suave alias, Jyrki Jokipakka’s name “sounds good in your ear, but when you say it, you mustn’t fear, because his name can […]

Playoffs or Not, Changes Are Coming in Boston
A few weeks ago, the Bruins were riding high, winning seven out of eight and closing in on the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They followed that up […]

NAHL Becoming Staple Of Goalie Development
Over the last few years, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) has built up a reputation of being one of the best junior hockey leagues in America. Rivaling the likes […]

Tuesday Trade Review: San Jose Rents Brian Campbell (2008)
The Situation In the 2007-2008 season, the Buffalo Sabres were in the mix of the playoff hunt in the middle of February. Piggybacking off of incredible performances by Derek Roy, […]

Youngsters Keeping Bruins Afloat
The Boston Bruins still have no breathing room as they sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with just six games remaining, but they could have been out of […]

Stars Lehtonen a Romo-like Enigma
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is on the verge of his best single season win total (needs 1 more for 35) in his career.  However, this season also marks his worst […]

NCAA Hockey: The Neutral Site Revisited
Must be the NCAA hockey playoffs? Once again, we’re hearing complaints about regional championships being played in half-empty arenas. Watching some of the games on television this past weekend, there […]

Los Angeles Kings News, Facts and Miscellany
Although the internet is a repository of information so large that even the 2% that isn’t tied to pornography is massive, finding salient news and information about the Los Angeles […]

Lack Of Scoring Continues To Haunt Coyotes
The pattern is recurring, and the frustration level is off the charts. As the Arizona Coyotes limp to the finish line, there is not much good they can find these […]

Nikita Kucherov’s Rise in 2014-2015
Nikita Kucherov was drafted in the 2nd round and 58th overall in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 5’11, 184 lb, 21-year-old emerging star from Moscow, Russia has taken […]

The Journey Home: Peter Stoykewych
Drafted In the spring of 2010, Peter Stoykewych and the rest of the Winnipeg South Blues were swept in the very first round of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playoffs. […]

Will the Atlantic-Leading Montreal Canadiens Hold on?
While a victory Monday night against the rival Tampa Bay Lightning would go a long way toward securing an Atlantic Division championship, the Montreal Canadiens don’t necessarily need one. Montreal […]

The Top 5 Blue Jackets Not Named Johansen or Foligno
There is more to the team than Joey and Foligno, right? In an injury-laden season, those two have been the two bright spots on a roster that seems to shift […]

Bridesmaids Battle: Blues vs. Canucks
A guest post by Colleen O’Shea   Of the 30 teams that make up the NHL, 11 teams — about a third of them — have never won the Stanley Cup. Of […]

Ryan O’Reilly Is on Fire
View image | Ryan O’Reilly is on fire and showing no signs of slowing down or letting up. He leads all forwards with most takeaways this year, again, and […]

Yandle’s Game Coming Along with the Rangers
Since being acquired by the New York Rangers at the Trade Deadline, Keith Yandle has been billed as a top flight offensive defense men, who can struggle in his own […]

Cam You Dig It: Atkinson Named NHL’s 2nd Star
What a season this has been for Cam Atkinson.  Name the situation, he has probably been involved with it in some form.  From enduring a major scoring drought, to being […]

USA Tier I National Champions Crowned
On an unassuming side street just a few short miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport, on a cold Monday morning, three USA Hockey champions were crowned at the u14, u16, […]

WHL Pre-Season Predictions Revisited
It’s getting to that time of the year, where you can look back on your pre-season predictions — for better or worse. Shortly after joining the THW team this fall, I […]

Is It Time to Sit the Blues Bouwmeester?
It’s no secret, the St. Louis Blues have one of the deepest back-ends in the entire league. With eight defencemen to choose from every night head coach Ken Hitchcock has […]

Blue Defensive Depth A Double Edged Sword
The defensive depth currently enjoyed by the St. Louis Blues is both boon and bane. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has eight healthy skaters to choose from in his defensive corps, […]

Nashville Predators D Shows Its Versatility
The Nashville Predators boast one of the best defensive groups in the National Hockey League, but the last week has proven the group’s versatility. That trait has been there all […]

Bernier Goes WAY TOO FAR
Jonathan Bernier pulled 3 times in March: "Lately it seems like that's the only solution we've found, pull the goalie to motivate the guys" — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 30, […]

5 Defining Moments of the NCAA Tournament’s 1st Round
This past weekend, college hockey enjoyed the greatest three days of its season. The first and second round of the NCAA tournament took place from Friday to Sunday, and there […]

Penguins Powering Through Injuries
View image | Injuries can make or break a team in any sport. The Pittsburgh Penguins have had more then their share this season, especially lately as the playoffs […]

What Are Winnipeg’s Playoff Chances?
Entering league play on March 30, the Winnipeg Jets have just six games separating them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since returning to the NHL in […]

Brandon Carlo – The Next Ones: NHL 2015 Draft Prospect Profile
Brandon Carlo THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 11/26/1996 Place of birth: Colorado Springs, Colorado Ht: 6’5″     Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Right Position: D NHL Draft Eligibility: 2015 Twitter: @1996_Carlo THW The Next Ones Rankings (February): 20 Other […]

Stalock Robs Malkin; Deserves Chance at No. 1 Job
OK, obviously no goalie deserves anything based on a singular save. However, the stop by San Jose Sharks backup netminder Alex Stalock off of Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin on […]

Mike Babcock Coaches With Heavy Heart in Red Wings’ Loss
After a well-played game against Tampa Bay on Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings special teams struggled Sunday against the New York Islanders in a 5-4 loss. Coach Mike Babcock was […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey – Habs Retreat, But Only For Rest
Montreal Canadiens coach Toe Blake held his season-ending, pre-playoff press conference and laid out his plans for the playoffs for the Montreal press corps.  One of the tidbits Blake revealed […]

Fantasy World: All Is Not Lost
Your best players need to be your best players come crunch time. It’s cliché, but more often than not, it’s also true. Just look at the blow Jonathan Toews dealt […]

Fantasy Hockey: St. Patty’s Studs and Duds
Welcome all to the last regular season edition of Fantasy Hockey: Studs and Duds! If anyone is interested in reading last month’s edition, it can be found here. This is […]

Hockey News: Doan Not Suspended: Jagr Scores 2
Shane Doan will not be suspended for his hit on Kris Letang. [Puck Daddy] Jaromir Jagr’s two goals helped the Panthers win and close the gap with the Senators. [] […]

Mathew Barzal: NHL Draft War Room Profile
by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) Mathew Barzal: Ranked #6 – March 2015 Rankings Hashtag: #MrSkillWithGritOnIt Team: #13, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL Position: Centre Shoots: Right Height: 6’0 Weight: 177 lb. Born: […]

The Immortal Jaromir Jagr Is Keeping The Panthers’ Playoff Hopes Alive
He’s been an NHL superstar since before many of his teammates were even born, but that hasn’t stopped the immortal Jaromir Jagr from leaving his mark on the NHL. The […]

Date with Capitals a Potential Playoff Nightmare for Rangers
If the playoffs started today, the Rangers would be in line for a date with the Capitals in the first round of the NHL playoffs. As Sunday’s 5-2 loss at […]

Rangers’ Recent Stretch a Cause for Concern
Over the past month-plus, the New York Rangers have not played a consistently strong brand of hockey, but have found ways to win, largely on the back of Cam Talbot, […]

Contending Columbus Will Add A Top 10 Pick
The injury situation in Columbus this season is well documented.  Fans are sick of hearing about it too.  But, on a regular basis, someone is going down to a major […]

Rask Hydrated; Bruins Beat ‘Canes
View image | Tuukka Rask left the Boston Bruins’ game against the New York Rangers early Saturday with a case of dehydration. The Bruins went on to win the […]

Hart Trophy Tracker: Making the Case for Devan Dubnyk
There is no doubt that Carey Price is the best goaltender in the league right now. He is currently leading all statistical categories and has been a huge reason why […]

Colin White – The Next Ones: NHL 2015 Draft Prospect Profile
Colin White THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 1/30/1997 Place of birth: Hanover, Massachusetts Ht: 6’0″     Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Right Position: C/RW NHL Draft Eligibility: 2015 Twitter: @colinwhite37 THW The Next Ones Rankings (February): 19 Other Rankings: […]

Kevin Klein: Injury More Serious Than Originally Thought?
The New York Rangers have recently had some inconsistent defensive efforts, as they have given up four or more goals in three of their past four contests. They lost the […]

Ottawa Senators Prospect Watch: CHL Edition
The road to the Memorial Cup begins every season with 60 teams across Canada and the United States asking themselves if they have what it takes to win it all.  […]

Jack Eichel Tracker: Frozen Four Bound
After winning the Hockey East Tournament, the Terriers entered the win or go home portion of their schedule, the NCAA Tournament. The selection committee placed them as the #1 seed […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey – Bower Blanks Wings, Grabs Vezina
As a disappointing National Hockey League season for the Toronto Maple Leafs drew to a close last night, veteran goalkeeper Johnny Bower provided the highlight as he shut out the Detroit […]

Fantasy World: Bidding Farewell to Taylor Hall
Five years is a long time for any player to spend with the same team — in real life, let alone in fantasy. With playoffs wrapping up this week for […]

Who Should Be the Leafs Next Coach?
Poor Peter Horachek, the guy can’t get a break. Last year, he was tasked to guide the Panthers to the basement after their coach was fired mid-season, and even though […]

Does Max Pacioretty Deserve a Selke Nomination?
According to, the Frank J. Selke trophy is awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Recent winners of the award include Patrice […]

Q & A With Top Prospect Dylan Strome – Part 2
In Part 1 of my conversation, Dylan Strome talked about the Erie Otters, and preparing for the OHL playoffs, which have now begun.  We turn our attention to the future […]

Kyle Connor – The Next Ones: NHL 2015 Draft Prospect Profile
Kyle Connor THW Close-Up: Date of birth: 12/9/1996 Place of birth: Shelby Township, Michigan Ht: 6’1″     Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: C NHL Draft Eligibility: 2015 Twitter: @KyleConnor18 THW The Next Ones Rankings (February): 25 […]

Stars Nichushkin Nearing NHL Return
Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin is inching closer to a return to Dallas.  He played in back to back games this weekend for the Stars minor league affiliate in Cedar Park, […]

Justin Abdelkader’s Magical Month of March
The Detroit Red Wings still have two more games remaining in the month of March, but it’s already been a memorable month for Justin Abdelkader. On February 28th, Abdelkader had […]

Perhaps Patrick Marleau’s Penalty Killing Days Should be Over
A Season to Forget The 2014-15 season has not been kind to Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau. For the first few months it seemed like every bounce was going against him. […]

Stars All Time Best #91- Seguin or Richards?‏
Today we’ll look at the final installment of Who Wore It Best?  To reset things, we have looked at the best players in Dallas Stars franchise history by jersey number.  […]

Minnesota Wild: Looking Ahead to April
The month of March is almost over, and with it goes the last full month of the hockey season. Unless, of course, the Minnesota Wild make the playoffs. And as […]

Reid Boucher Needs to Start Producing
Reid Boucher is known among Devils fans for one thing; his 62-goal season with the Sarnia Sting back in the 2012-2013 season where he surpassed Tampa Bay Lighting’s superstar Steven […]

Hockey News: Bozak Has a Big Night; Three Teams Clinch Playoff Berth
Tyler Bozak contributed three points to the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 win over the Senators. [] Craig Anderson batted the puck out of the air to make a huge save. [SB […]

Montreal Canadiens Need Power
With their place secured in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens, who have 6 games still on the calendar, can already call this a successful season. However successful […]


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