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Preview: Blackhawks and Lightning Stanley Cup Rematch
The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning are set to face off Tuesday night in a rematch of the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks ultimately came out on top in that series, and despite being one of the NHL’s best teams in recent years, the Tampa Bay Lightning have struggled as of late. After […]

Gaudreau Takes Hit, Marleau & the Rooster & More News
Johnny Gaudreau found himself on the business end of a Leo Komarov hit in Monday’s 4-0 Leafs win. Gaudreau was left holding his head on the ice and briefly left the game. He returned to the ice just a few minutes after heading to the locker room. Following the hit, Flames captain Mark Giordano stepped […]

A Tribute to the Magnificent Mario Lemieux
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux retired from the game of hockey for the second time. The owner, captain and best Pittsburgh Penguin ever had decided that it was time to hang up the magical skates forever and the game of hockey lost a superstar on the ice. In honour of […]

Vrbata’s Resurgent Season
Last season, the Arizona Coyotes’ offense was less than productive. In fact, inadequate was a more appropriate description. In netting 209 goals during their 82-game slate, that averaged out to 2.54 per game and clearly not enough to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. To elevate production, general manager John Chayka turned to a familiar […]

Mark Letestu: Oilers’ Unsung Hero
From an Edmonton Oilers‘ point of view, the first four months of the 20116-17 season could not have gone much better. Thanks in large part to the play of Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, Andrej Sekera and Cam Talbot, this group sits third in the Pacific Division and tenth in the overall league standings. While the aforementioned […]

Preview: Bruins Seeking Revenge on Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings will roll into the TD Garden Tuesday evening to take on the Boston Bruins for the third time in 2016-17. The clubs split the previous two contests with the Bruins taking a 1-0 win on Oct. 29 and the Red Wings capturing a 6-5 victory on Jan. 18. The Bruins will be […]

A Closer Look at Adam Clendening
Adam Clendening joined the New York Rangers this offseason as an unrestricted-free-agent and from the beginning of training camp, he looked like a great add for the team. The native of Niagara Falls, New York would secure the role as the teams, seventh defenseman, but hasn’t had much of a chance to play with the […]

Calls for Jon Cooper’s Head Absurd
One of the oldest clichés in sports, in general, is that all coaches are hired to be fired. Pretty self-explanatory. We get it. Unless some poor guy behind the bench actually dies behind the bench, all coaches will eventually be shown the door. Comes with the territory. Generally, when the schedule is a few games […]

Ultimate California Hockey Road Trip: Day 1 Delivers Delicious Beers
Canadians like to mock American beer. It’s what we do — it’s one area where we’re supposedly “stronger” and “superior.” It took all of a couple hours in California to realize that isn’t necessarily true. American beer might be lighter by nature, but that doesn’t apply to the independent brewers who are taking the Bay […]

Penguins Need Conor Sheary
Even prior to winning the Stanley Cup, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford was already well aware of the importance of the young forwards Pittsburgh recalled last season. On March 14, 2016, Pittsburgh agreed to two-year extensions with Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson and Tom Kuhnhackl. It was a huge victory for the team, keeping those players […]

Recap: Bernier Stands Tall as Ducks Defeat Jets
The Winnipeg Jets once again failed to win their third game in a row, as the Anaheim Ducks rode a strong first period to a 3-2 victory behind solid goaltending from Jonathan Bernier. Bernier made 31 saves, including some important saves late in the game when the Jets were pushing for that tying goal. This […]

Recap: Kadri, Leafs Extinguish Flames
It wasn’t exactly how he drew it up – I’m sure – but Nazem Kadri couldn’t have fired home his 100th career goal any better than he did against the Calgary Flames on Monday night in Toronto. But for two teams that don’t meet often, it was a rugged affair that included a hard hit […]

Is Pavelec a Missing Piece for Jets?
A young goalie pinned as a bust, a backup who has yet to prove himself, and a former full-time NHLer known best for his untimely injuries. These are the options that the Winnipeg Jets have in net, and it has not been easy to find the piece that solves their goaltending puzzle. Goalies Connor Hellebuyck […]

Forsberg Spearheading Predators Success
In hockey, there is a twisted kind of satisfaction that comes when one competitor outperforms another in extravagant fashion. For example, a winger victimizing a defenseman with a deke; or a goalie flashes the glove to rob a one-timer. A big hit, a between-the-legs score, a right hook to the jaw. All require both a victor and a victim. […]

Nielsen Finding His Way with Red Wings
When news broke that Pavel Datsyuk was going to leave the Detroit Red Wings and head home to Russia, many (including myself) thought the team would be stuck with the last year of his contract, leaving $7.5 million in dead cap space on the books. Luckily, general manager Ken Holland was able to move the […]

Flames Monday Musings: Laying Eggs
Well, that was underwhelming. Heading into what was their biggest week of the year, it looked like the team was moving in the right direction as the Calgary Flames laid a 5-2 drubbing on the Florida Panthers. But when faced with two critical home games against the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers, the Flames laid two […]

Smith Extension, Larkin Out & More News
The Red Wings are hanging by a piece of leftover tinsel, trying to claw their way into a playoff race that might be leaving them in the rearview mirror. It’s a tough situation because the Red Wings could clearly benefit from some high draft picks, but Motor City has a lot of pride in their […]

Hybrid Blueliners Evolving Hockey
Players like Shea Weber and Drew Doughty are names we’ve all heard before. They appear in headlines time and time again because their defense is unparalleled. They represent Canada in international tournaments and win league awards to no end. We’ve also heard of guys like Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and Kevin Shattenkirk, all ranking among […]

What’s Wrong With the Kings?
It’s an evolution. The same team doesn’t always dominate, and it goes in cycles — Victoria Pendleton The irony of a cyclist making the above comment notwithstanding, the fact remains that in today’s NHL, nobody remains in the upper strata of the league forever. At least for now, the end of the Kings’ extended stay […]

Red Wings to Protect Jared Coreau?
Petr Mrazek was the clear No. 1 goalie for the Detroit Red Wings when the season began. Now, he might be a trading chip, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James. St. James writes: If Mrazek, who turns 25 in February, has a hold on the starting job by then, good for him […]

Monday Morning Howl: Doan Set to Leave Arizona?
After being shut out by the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena on Jan. 14, the Arizona Coyotes headed up to Edmonton on Monday looking to turn things around against the Oilers. They were unable to solve Cam Talbot and the Edmonton defense as they lost, 3-1, despite some outstanding goaltending by Mike Smith. Whaaaaat?! Absolute thievery by […]

Insights From Hurricanes Recent Losses
The Carolina Hurricanes played three games in the past week against two of the top teams of the Metropolitan Division. They played two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus, and in between, one game at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The ‘Canes lost all three games, and in two of them, got hammered. […]

What Happened to the Oilers 2007 Draft Picks?
When the Edmonton Oilers showed up on draft day in June 2007, they had six picks, three of which were first-rounders. In fact, they had three selections in the first 21 picks. It was a tremendous opportunity but in hindsight an opportunity missed. The Oilers had just traded Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for […]

Preview: Leafs, Flames Showcases NHL’s Young Talent
It’s not a matchup we’re used to seeing, but Monday night will mark the end of the season series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames. The Flames will be in Toronto to take on their fellow Canadian-based franchise. Calgary is coming off a shelling at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers in […]

A Deployment Plan For Aaron Dell
The San Jose Sharks possess a top goaltending tandem in Martin Jones and Aaron Dell in the NHL. As last season’s Stanley Cup run showed, Jones is a goalie capable of carrying a team deep into the playoffs and with another season of experience, looks to be ready for another assault. But the news is […]

The Grind Line: Red Wings’ Optimal Power-Play Units
The Detroit Red Wings currently sit with a record of 20-19-8, and are fighting to make the playoffs for a 26th consecutive season. While they have struggled in several areas, the team has really struggled on the power play this season, sitting dead last in the league with a power-play percentage of 11.3. It’s difficult […]

First Line Vital for Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins this past Sunday afternoon. More accurately, you could say that their top line did. This line, composed of Conor Sheary, Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust, combined to produce three of the Penguins’ five goals for the night. Sheary (two goals, one assist) and Crosby (one goal, two assists) finished the […]

Hertl Close to Return, Decisions Loom on Sharks’ Roster
A grinding schedule the past few weeks have left the San Jose Sharks in prime position to capture the Pacific Division. The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers, however, will likely have a say as all three teams have yet to separate themselves. San Jose’s schedule may appear favorable but are not out of the woods. […]

Brouwer’s Contract Will Hurt Flames
The Calgary Flames added many pieces to their roster in the 2016 offseason, but none with a contract the size of Troy Brouwer’s. His deal in Calgary was met with mixed reactions, but now with Brouwer struggling, all the potential downsides to the signing are becoming a reality. With the Flames made up of many […]

After Further Review Minnesota-Duluth Is Very Good
This past weekend, the University of North Dakota found out that they have a ways to go before they enter the playoffs. First, I want to give credit where credit is due — Minnesota-Duluth is very good. This past weekend, there’s no mystery who the better team was. The University of Minnesota-Duluth swept the homesteading […]

Drafting the Washington Way: 2000s
The Washington Capitals have taken a simpler approach: draft bold, draft deep, draft smart. This new plan has resulted in Washington’s renaissance of domination. Just like the Detroit Red Wings from the 1990s to 2000s, the New Jersey Devils from the 1990s to 2000s and the Chicago Blackhawks post-2010, much of the team is spurned out […]

Buffalo Has Become Hockey Heaven
When Terry Pegula purchased the Buffalo Sabres in February of 2011, fans were a bit skeptical. Nobody in the area had really heard of the East Resources owner from northern Pennsylvania. However, Pegula almost instantly removed all doubts fans had, invigorating the Buffalo faithful by saying that from that point on, “the Buffalo Sabres’ reason for […]

Rangers’ Zuccarello Still Providing Immense Value
Mats Zuccarello’s value to the New York Rangers over the past few years has been undeniable. His creativity and tenacity have made him one of the club’s main drivers of offense. He has led the Rangers in scoring in two of the past three seasons, including last year when he had career-high 26 goals and […]

Lightning Crashing Down NHL Standings
After losing to the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night the Tampa Bay Lightning now find themselves with just 47 points, sitting last in the Atlantic Division standings, and just one point above the New York Islanders for the honour of owning the basement amongst all Eastern Conference teams. To say the least, it is not where […]

Coleman’s Case Strong for a Second Look
It was only a five-game stint, but the start of Blake Coleman’s career and his NHL debut were impressive and pretty cool for the humble kid from Plano, Texas. Although he only registered one point over the eight days he was with the New Jersey Devils, he could have had more (with a near-miss and […]

What About Bob?
The masked man who occupies the goal crease for the Columbus Blue Jackets is having a career year. Sergei Bobrovsky has returned to elite form, reminding us all of the Vezina Trophy-winning campaign in the 2012-13 season. Bobrovsky burst on the scene in Columbus as the Blue Jackets’ new netminder for the lockout season of 2012-13. […]

Damon Severson: Potential Franchise Defenseman
Of the many points of distinction between the New Jersey Devils of now and their dynasty days in the early-2000s, surely the lack of a puck-moving defenseman is on that list. In recent years, the defense has proven a steady presence on the blue line, but there is much to be desired when it comes to […]

Recap: Flyers Comeback to Edge Islanders in OT
Claude Giroux’s goal at 3:20 of overtime led the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders. Steve Mason made 36 saves to earn the win in a game that saw the Flyers overcome a 2-0 deficit. The Islanders had three-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time under […]

Recap: Toews Carries Blackhawks past Canucks
The Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks both entered the United Center with a two-game winning streak. With two points, the Blackhawks would once again be tied for first in the Western Conference, while the Canucks had their sights set on continuing to climb the standings into a playoff position. The 2011 Western Conference finalists have had […]

Tatar & Nyquist Inquiries, Capuano Interviewed & More News
It’s been talked about frequently this season. The Chicago Blackhawks are open to adding another forward (and they might be interested in a defenseman as well). They have a lot of young players up front and though he’s healthy now, the absence of Marian Hossa revealed how fragile the forward balance is in Chicago. They’re […]

Recap: Blue Jackets Beat Senators in Wild Back and Forth
The Ottawa Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off in the second of back-to-back nights for both teams. They met recently on Thursday, but this game played out very different. Instead of a 2-0 game that featuring solid goaltending performances, scoring began early and did not let up throughout the entire game. The teams […]

Dallas Stars Report Card – Part I
The first half of the 2016-17 season has challenged the Stars’ resolve in many ways. First, they disappointed compared to expectations. After last season, it appeared the Stars came close to the Conference Final, now less than a year later, they cling to playoff relevance. Next, came the endless list of injuries, which have been […]

Preview: Blackhawks Host Henrik and Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks kick off a three-game road trip Sunday, as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Henrik Sedin has scored in back to back games, and recently eclipsed the 1,000 point mark, while Ryan Miller enters the United Center with seven wins in his past nine starts. While the Blackhawks have seen more success […]

Saying Goodbye to an OHL Original: Windsor Arena
In 1924, the City of Windsor said hello to the spectacle that became known as The Barn. Soon, Windsor will say one final goodbye to the Windsor Arena. The City of Windsor announced in late 2016 that a new high school is going to be built on the grounds of the old Windsor Arena. It […]

Sharks Feeding On Bait
The San Jose Sharks exited their most challenging run of games for the regular season with good success. A daunting 12 game sequence featured 11 games against teams in a playoff position. Having finished this part of the season, the Sharks schedule has taken on a different theme: time to feast. Five games removed from […]

Coyotes Begin Transition
For a fleeting moment, in one game buried deep in its schedule, there was a glimpse into the future of the Arizona Coyotes. For a team struggling to gain victories, to play a full 200 feet and 60 minutes of disciplined hockey and show hope for the long-term, this season has been a clear challenge. […]

OHL Post-Deadline Power Rankings
One of the greatest things about junior hockey is the flashes of brilliance we see on a daily basis. The unrealistic expectations we usually put on the shoulders of junior hockey players is often what makes developmental leagues so great. They’re unpredictable. Teenagers are relied on to play big minutes, score big goals and lead […]

Seidenberg’s Future With Isles Cloudy
It’s funny what a difference a few months makes in the National Hockey League. After being bought out by the Boston Bruins — a team he once helped win a Stanley Cup — Dennis Seidenberg was playing for Team Europe in the World Cup of Hockey, without an NHL contract. Now, five months later, Seidenberg is […]

Panthers yet to Rediscover Growl
After 103 points and an Atlantic Division title last season, the hockey world was, for the first time in, well, ever, cautiously optimistic about the Florida Panthers. Cue reality. The First Half What Went Right Goaltending is the great equalizer. Roberto Luongo just keeps chugging along, posting a .921 save percentage, good for 11th in […]

Penalty Kill a Weapon for Rangers
The New York Rangers amassed 101 points last season thanks to a smoke-and-mirrors operation where great goaltending and puck luck masked defensive inefficiencies. One area of struggle, however, was painfully obvious even to the casual observer, and that was the team’s penalty kill. The Rangers finished 26th in the league in killing off a meager 78.2 […]

Recap: Penalties Kill Stars, Caps Win
Penalties killed the Dallas Stars Saturday night. Through 40 minutes, the Stars led the visiting Washington Capitals 3-1. They were fast, physical, and with the exception of two fighting majors and an offsetting slashing minor, penalty-free. The Stars were in control…until the third period. Twice in the first four minutes of the final period, the […]

Recap: Sharks Escape Avalanche In Overtime Win
The San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche needed extra time to find a winner in their first meeting of the season. The Avalanche carried long stretches of play in front of rookie netminder Spencer Martin making his NHL debut. The Sharks, on the other hand, were looking for their rhythm much of the contest before […]

Recap: Lee Leads Islanders Past Kings
Anders Lee scored two power play goals while J.F. Berube made 34 saves to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. The Isles won their third straight game and are now 2-0-0 under interim coach Doug Weight. The Islanders held a 2-0 lead after two […]

Recap: Lehner Outduels Price as Sabres Beat Habs
It took a while for each team’s skaters to find their legs. However, once they did it was the two goaltenders who stood the tallest as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Saturday. Both sides had played the previous night, with the two starters each getting their teams’ first games […]

Recap: Hartnell’s Pair Hands Hurricanes Another Loss
The Columbus Blue Jackets got timely contributions from Sergei Bobrovsky and their bottom-six to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. The win gave the Blue Jackets their league-leading 31st win of the season. The loss gave the Hurricanes three losses in a row. Scott Hartnell scored twice, including the game winner midway […]

Recap: Goaltending Struggles Continue as Blues Lose to the Jets
The Winnipeg Jets won their sixth straight game against a Central Division foe, while Ondrej Pavelec set a franchise record with 25 saves in the second period, as they defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-3. Pheonix Copley made 24 saves in his first career NHL start, which didn’t go the way the Blues were hoping. […]


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