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Bruins Sign Prospects Fitzgerald, Johansson
The Boston Bruins announced on Friday the signings of Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald and Swedish defenseman Emil Johansson. Both players were draft picks of the Bruins and will head to Providence, where they’ll finish out the remainder of the season with the Providence Bruins. #NHLBruins sign forward Ryan Fitzgerald & defenseman Emil Johansson to entry-level […]

Kucherov Putting Himself in Rare Company
Last night’s 6-3 win against the Boston Bruins was a big one for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Trailing those same Bruins by five points for the final wild card spot, the Lightning were in a precarious position. A loss would put them seven points out of a playoff spot and a Sisyphean climb for a playoff spot would ensue. […]

3 Devils with Plenty to Prove
It’s safe to say the New Jersey Devils‘ season is all but over. The offense has struggled to show consistent signs of life, while the defense and goaltending have sputtered out of control. Aside from draft position, it may appear that the team has nothing to play for. However, there is still reason for the […]

Year in Review: Mississauga Steelheads
Success is nothing new for the Mississauga Steelheads, however, neither the franchise itself nor its loyal fanbase could have predicted the prosperity the team would enjoy in 2016-17. Despite struggling out of the gate, the Steelheads, a team whose roster had undergone significant change following the 2015-16 campaign, began firing on all cylinders and wound […]

Maple Leafs News: Matthews, Marner & Nylander
With less than ten regular season games remaining, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the postseason. Every point brings them closer and closer to a playoff berth, a place many pundits thought they wouldn’t be anywhere close to at this point in time. After all, the rebuild had recently started and this was considered the […]

McLellan Puts Talbot in Tough Spot
It is next to impossible to go out and find an NHL coach who doesn’t make his share of bad decisions over the course of a season. No matter who we are talking about, mistakes are going to be made. In a campaign that has seen little go wrong for the Edmonton Oilers, very few […]

67’s Face Steelheads in 1st-Round
It wasn’t the most consistent regular season for the Ottawa 67’s, but despite facing some adversity the team is off to the post-season for a third straight season. They finished seventh in the eastern conference and draw one of the elite teams in the conference, the Mississauga Steelheads, in the first round of the OHL […]

Rangers in California: The Good, Bad and Ugly
Since Alain Vigneault became head coach of the New York Rangers before the 2013-14 season, the team’s annual three-game trek to California has been a mixed bag, with successes and failures varying wildly depending on the year. And that doesn’t even include the emotional tumult of losing three overtime games –including a pair in double […]

Oilers a Stanley Cup Dark Horse?
Trying not to put the carriage in front of the horse, but the Edmonton Oilers are heating up just at the right time and might be the team you don’t want to face in the playoffs. The Oilers are also 6-3-1 in their last 10 games (.650 win percentage) and are tied for second place in […]

Buckeyes Making NCAA Tourney Return
After some tense moments over the last week, the Ohio State men’s hockey team got what it wanted: a trip to the NCAA Tournament. “I haven’t come out and said it but we’ve talked a lot about our goals and where we end up wanting to be and our number one goal and our only […]

What Were Panthers Thinking Playing Ekblad?
  After missing four games with a concussion and returning this past Tuesday, the Florida Panthers announced before last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes that Aaron Ekblad is, once again, out of the lineup. A “sore neck”, they say. Aaron Ekblad out of #FlaPanthers lineup tonight; woke up with a sore neck, said unrelated […]

Should Mikael Granlund be Considered Elite?
It’s been a career year for 25-year-old Mikael Granlund. Through just 70 games this season, he has posted career highs in goals, assists, power play points and shots. Granlund currently sits 12th in the NHL in scoring and leads the Minnesota Wild with 66 points and only 12 penalty minutes. Not only has Granlund developed statistically, he […]

Capitals Need Their A-Game for Presidents Trophy
The Washington Capitals might have been the first team to earn a playoff berth this season, but with other teams now catching up in points, they have some serious competition to face in the Presidents’ Trophy race. If the Caps do win the Presidents’ Trophy, it’ll be the team’s second consecutive title. Hopes have been high all […]

Leafs Rookies Setting Franchise Records
Expectations for the Toronto Maple Leafs were kept low this season. This was the starting point of the Leafs building their dynasty and everyone, from management to the fans, knew that this would be a slow process. All that was expected of this young team was to develop and grow throughout the season. Since then the […]

Hypocrisy Hurting Karlsson’s Norris Chances
Death, taxes and Erik Karlsson in the running for the Norris Trophy. There aren’t many guarantees in life, but it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll find Karlsson’s name in the top-three, if he doesn’t indeed win, when the Norris is handed out. This season has been no exception for the Ottawa Senators‘ superstar, who could […]

Flames Possible Playoff Opponents
Though the Calgary Flames have yet to clinch a playoff spot, it sure looks like it’s a matter of time. The Los Angeles Kings sit 11 points back of the Flames and at this point it would take a collapse for Calgary to miss the postseason. So let’s direct our focus to who the Flames […]

Preview: Bruins Look to Sweep Lightning
On Thursday the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins will square off in an Atlantic Division showdown with playoff implications. The Bruins sit in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 82 points, and the Lightning are sitting just outside the playoff picture with 77 points. The bottom line being both clubs desperately need wins to make […]

Evolution of ‘Sid and the Kids’
Last fall, when the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first line started heating up, people started debating what to nickname them. After all, the 2016 playoffs had the HBK line; this line deserved a catchy moniker as well. The line, made up of Sidney Crosby and two players starting their first full seasons in the NHL, came to […]

OHL Playoff Preview: London Knights vs. Windsor Spitfires
The London Knights will start their defence of last season’s Ontario Hockey League (OHL) championship as the fourth seed in the Western Conference. That means the club will have to start their run up against a tough opponent in the Windsor Spitfires. The Knights finished the year 46-15-3-4 with 99 points. They were three points […]

Rasmus Ristolainen Suspended
The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres‘ defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for three games, the league announced Thursday. The suspension arose from a play where Ristolainen interfered with Pittsburgh Penguins‘ forward Jake Guentzel. The Sabres’ defender was ejected from the game as a result. Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen suspended three games for interference on Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel. — NHL […]

Sabres Must Sign Cal Petersen
Throughout their 40-plus year history, the Buffalo Sabres have been fairly fortunate at the goaltending position. All time greats such as Roger Crozier, Grant Fuhr and Tom Barrasso have all guarded the Sabres’ crease at some point or another. Dominik Hasek, arguably the greatest goaltender in NHL history, won back-to-back Hart Trophies in a Sabres uniform in […]

Who is the Oilers MVP?
The Edmonton Oilers are poised to make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Their success this season could be attributed to coaching, trades and roster decisions, an improved defence and an overall team toughness. But there are perhaps two players who have played the biggest roles in the Oilers resurgence. Unless the […]

Roman Polak Suspended
The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs‘ defenseman Roman Polak for two games, the league announced Thursday. The suspension stems from a hit that Polak made on v’ forward Oliver Bjorkstrand that resulted in the Maple Leafs’ defender getting a five-minute major penalty as well as an ejection from the game. Toronto’s Roman Polak suspended two […]

NHL’s Playoff Format Needs Restructuring
Gary Bettman and the NHL, your playoff format and standings require some tinkering. When the league realigned the divisions for 2013-14, a new playoff format came along with it. The emphasis was divisional play, rekindling rivalries and having teams progress from regionals matchups to a Conference and ultimately the Stanley Cup Finals. The introduction of the wild card system […]

Brian McGrattan: The Purge on Ice
The NHL playoffs will soon be upon us; the league will celebrate its most exciting phase of the season. But is there a widespread concern that the game’s decline in enforcers could undermine the season’s greatest spectacle? In the 2013 American dystopian horror movie, The Purge, a far-right political party is voted into office in […]

Leafs’ Rookies Some of the Best in History
It wasn’t so long ago that the Toronto Maple Leafs were not the best at developing prospects. If you were to look at a ranking of team prospects, you would find the Leafs somewhere near the bottom. It didn’t help that past general managers, most notably John Ferguson, Jr., and Brian Burke, gave away first-round […]

Preview: Blackhawks Look to Sweep Stars
The Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars face off Thursday at the United Center for the fifth time this season. The Blackhawks have come away with victories in each of the first four matchups between these two clubs in an ultimately disappointing season for the Stars. In general, the Stars have failed to build upon any sort of […]

NHL’s Parity is Unique
I want to emphasize that this isn’t another article talking about the how the loser point has kept the standings close. I don’t want to talk about how a three point system could be better than a two point system or how the shootout needs to go away. Most of these issues have been thoroughly […]

Oilers Can’t Afford to Rest Talbot
After a disappointing loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Edmonton Oilers heavy reliance on goaltender Cam Talbot is once again being scrutinized. Going into Wednesday’s game, the Oilers were tied with the Ducks at 87 points and playing for second place in the Pacific Division. Talbot has also been one of the hottest goaltenders in the […]

Beauvillier & Ho-Sang: Isles’ X-Factor
With the New York Islanders playoff chances hanging in the balance against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, Islanders captain John Tavares spent far too much time in the penalty box and was off his game. By the end of the second period, things got worse. The game looked over and with it, a […]

THW Exclusive: Inside ‘Old Time Hockey’
TheHockeyWriters sits down with “Old Time Hockey” Game Director, Karthik Venkateshan to discuss the game and its release on the PlayStation 4 on March 28. With its homage to games like Blades of Steel and the earliest EA Sports NHL Hockey games, “Old Time Hockey” will connect with older gamers who remember the classics that redefined […]

Previewing the OHL’s First Round (West)
It’s that time of the year again. The Ontario Hockey League playoffs are just around the corner, and quite a few of the 16 teams in it are hoping to be playing in the J. Ross Robertson Cup come May. After a busy 2017 trade deadline, some teams are on the cusp of greatness, while for […]

Big Future for Award Winner Ethan Bear
The Edmonton Oilers got a steal of a selection when they took Ethan Bear in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft at #124 overall. A right-handed defenseman, Bear was drafted for his defensive awareness, but since then has taken giant offensive leaps forward for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. While he’s yet to […]

Crosby Carrying Penguins Through Tough Stretch
League MVP award winners tend to elevate their play when their teams need them the most. That’s exactly what captain Sidney Crosby is doing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby has been good all season. With still 10 games remaining, he’s reached the 40-goal mark for just the second time in his illustrious career. He leads […]

Behind the Mask With Mikhail Berdin
A sixth-round pick in 2016 for the Winnipeg Jets, Russian goaltender Mikhail Berdin decided to cross the pond last autumn to play in the USHL, for the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Hockey Writers talked with the goalie prospect in his native Russian after a practice. In this exclusive interview, Berdin talked about his move to […]

Bruins Control Their Own Fate, for Now
It’s a nervous time in Bruins nation, and understandably so. After jumping out to a remarkably hot start under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy, the B’s have hit a rough patch, dropping three straight games, the latter two against divisional rivals. Boston’s seemingly safe playoff position all of a sudden appears to be a lot […]

Blue Jackets Breaking Many Records This Season
With 11 games remaining on the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ schedule, they have already clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their 100 points have them locked with the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins in a heated race for first in the Metropolitan Division. It’s the first time in franchise history that they’ve accumulated 100+ points in a season. […]

Hartman’s Future With the ‘Hawks
Ryan Hartman of the Chicago Blackhawks has made a name for himself in the 2016-17 season. On a team with incredible star power, he has had the privilege to play on all four lines alongside stars such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa. His rookie season is the dream of any NHL prospect, […]

Sharks in a Dry Spell
Defense is a non-issue for the San Jose Sharks having one of the top defenses in the league. Throughout the season, though, the Sharks’ offense has been sporadic at times. As the regular season enters the final stretch, offensive production has once again become an issue. A current four-game skid has seen the Sharks’ once […]

5 Players Fueling the Flames Surge
The Calgary Flames have quietly become one of the hottest clubs in the entire National Hockey League. While the team’s resurgence and leap up the standings has come as the product of a series of tweaks, changes and adjustments throughout the line-up, it’s possible to narrow down the biggest impacts to just five players. Here […]

The 1,000 Assist Club
Throughout the history of the NHL, players who have scored goals have always been at the forefront of the discussion. Often discussed is the NHL’s illustrious 500-goal club that only 45 players in history have joined. Another club that is exclusive and significantly harder to crack is the NHL’s 600-goal club that has seen only […]

Lightning Fans Should Be Excited About Libor Hajek
General Manager Steve Yzerman made a signing of great importance yesterday by inking defenseman Libor Hajek (LEE-bohr, HIGH-ak) to a three-year, two-way entry level contract. With dust and cobwebs occupying the Lightning’s defense prospect cupboard, this becomes an important signing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Smrcek, Czech Republic native has put up good numbers with the Saskatoon Blades […]

Oilers in a Perfect Spot
In a year in which the Edmonton Oilers were looked upon as being a team with nothing more than a “decent shot” of ending their decade-long absence from the NHL Playoffs, they are on the verge of potentially doing much more. With ten games remaining on their schedule, this club has not only earned its […]

WHL Playoff Predictions: First Round Favours Higher Seeds
The stage is set for the Western Hockey League playoffs, which promise to be entertaining from start to finish. Despite all that talk about parity last week, there does appear to be some mismatches in the first round. At least a few, with the way things shook out. Anything can happen in the postseason and […]

Todd McLellan: Coach of the Year?
The Edmonton Oilers have been one of the most surprising teams in the NHL this season, and are likely to end a record 11-year-long playoff drought. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Cam Talbot have been getting their fair share of fanfare for the turnaround, but one who deserves a hefty amount of praise is head […]

Vegas Expansion a Smart Bet in Salary Cap Era
It’s been 16 years since the NHL last conducted an expansion draft. In 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild came into existence with less than promising results. Each of the rosters reflected how difficult it can be to build a quality organization from other team’s spare parts and aging stars. The glitz […]

Backstrom on Pace to Join 1,000 Points Club
Nicklas Backstrom, the first line center and alternate captain for the Washington Capitals, is very likely to reach the 1,000 point mark before the end of his NHL career. With the Caps’ most recent 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames, Backstrom now ties Connor McDavid for the most assists in the league with 57. His […]

Oilers or Flames: Who Finishes Higher?
With the regular season nearing its conclusion, both the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers have been jockeying for position within the Pacific Division. After both teams defeated the Los Angeles Kings this past weekend, they both now look like locks to make the playoffs this spring. Can we just put our differences aside for a […]

Recap: Penguins Beat Sabres to Clinch Playoff Spot
The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth tonight by winning a tight game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres did a good job hanging with the Penguins after playing the night before in Detroit. At the end of the night, though, the speed of the Penguins proved to be too much for the Sabres handle, […]


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