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Could the Sabres Target James Reimer?
With Robin Lehner out 6-10 weeks, at least, with a high ankle sprain, the Buffalo Sabres are going to have to rely on Chad Johnson to carry the load for the next two months or so. But what happens if he goes down with an injury? Behind Johnson, the Sabres currently have Nathan Lieuwen on […]

Blues’ Robby Fabbri Out Indefinitely With Concussion
St. Louis Blues rookie Robby Fabbri is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion, the team announced on Monday. Fabbri suffered the concussion in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild on a hit delivered by the Wild’s Chris Porter. The 19-year-old forward spent last season playing for the Guelph Storm […]

Report: Bruins May Be Shopping Key Players
The Boston Bruins have had a rough start to the season. Following Monday’s 6-3 loss to division rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins are 0-3-0. That may be part of the reason that the team is feeling out what they could get in return to for veteran leaders like Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand, […]

Flyers Making the Best of a Bad Situation
The Philadelphia Flyers are what they are. As of now, they’re not a very good hockey team that’s struggled in their first two games. They lost their first game in overtime and were just blown out 7-1 against the Florida Panthers. Later today the Flyers have their shot at redemption as their home opener at 7:00 […]

Jack Eichel Continues to Dazzle
When Jack Eichel met with Buffalo Sabres management before the NHL Draft, he told general manager Tim Murray that he felt the Sabres won the draft lottery. It’s only been three games, but it’s safe to say that coaches, teammates and fans are all starting to believe the same thing. The second overall pick in […]

Legs Feed The Buffalo
Relentless. That is precisely what the Buffalo Sabres have to be. Herb Brooks put it best when he quipped, “legs feed the wolf.” Well, Buffalo need their legs, too. The Turning Point The Sabres got their legs under them during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The promise of Dan Bylsma’s free-wheeling system finally […]

5 Easy Predictions for the San Jose Sharks (and a Tricky One)
It is easy to get wrapped up in the Sharks early season results. Not only are they getting results on the ice, they are passing the eye test in a big way. This looks like a good team. It is fun to extrapolate the statistics from the first two games over a season. And easy […]

Steven Stamkos Scores 500th Point
In Monday’s Columbus Day afternoon match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins, Steven Stamkos tallied his 500th career point off a one-timer for a power player marker. The 25-year-old pending UFA ranks 46th among all active players with his 500th point. There isn’t anyone as young as Stamkos in the top 50 […]

3 Quick Takeaways From Islanders vs. Jets
Take a deep breath Islander faithful, you beloved blue and orange now have a number other than zero in the win column. After being swept in a home-and-home against the Chicago Blackhawks this weekend, the Isles came out Monday afternoon and defeated in Winnipeg Jets four to two and obtained their first win of the […]

How Will The Bruins Cope Without Brad Marchand?
The 2015-16 campaign for the Boston Bruins is off to a putrid start. Opening Night saw the Black and Gold come out flying in the first 20 minutes against the Winnipeg Jets only to trip over themselves and fall flat on their face for the final 40 en route to an embarrassing 6-2 defeat. It was […]

Penguins Problems Are Correctable
The Pittsburgh Penguins have not started the 2015-16 season very well. On the bright side, Phil Kessel is on pace to score 41 goals this season, but the Penguins are as well. Kessel was acquired to score goals and through two games, it’s easy to say that he has been the team’s best player. After […]

What’s Trending? Top-Shelf Rookies
Connor McDavid is still searching for his first NHL point — let alone his first career goal — but several of his Calder Trophy competitors have already lit the lamp. McDavid’s main rival, Jack Eichel, roofed a shot in his very first game and that seemed to set off a trend of rookies scoring top […]

Getting In Tune: Keys to Success in St. Louis this Season
The St. Louis Blues are (1-1-0) through their first two match-ups of the new season and they’ve done some good things as well as some bad. Although the regular season has ceased to be a problem for the Blues since the 2004-2005 lockout seeing that they’ve qualified for the playoffs in all but one year, […]

Nikita Soshnikov Waiting His Chance In The NHL
One of the biggest surprises of the last spring was Nikita Soshnikov move from the KHL to the Toronto Maple Leafs. After a very good season in the KHL, Soshnikov decided to cross the Ocean for his chance to play in the best league in the world. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the […]

Sabres Gameday: Live Chat
After a pair of tough losses last week, the Buffalo Sabres are looking to get into the win column for the first time this season against the also winless Columbus Blue Jackets. Captain Brian Gionta remains out for Buffalo while defenseman Jake McCabe has been called up from Rochester, and will find himself in the […]

Hockey Cares: The Washington Capitals
When it comes to hockey in the District of Columbia, there is plenty to be excited about; the Washington Capitals are one of the premier teams in the National Hockey League. Led by perennial 50+ goal scorer Alexander Ovechkin, the Caps have found a way to be considered prime contenders for hockey’s richest prize – […]

Could the Leafs Trade Phaneuf to the Kings?
Welcome back to Leafs Daily, where we will be covering the Leafs on as close to a daily basis as we can, all season long. So far we’ve had a good start to the season despite the wealth of Leafs coverage options. Check out our review of week one, and our post on the Joy […]

Most Important Player for the 2015-16 Florida Panthers
Starting the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, which one player’s performance is most vital to the success of the Florida Panthers on the ice? Some of the names that come to mind are Jaromir Jagr, Jonathan Huberdeau, Aaron Ekblad, Brian Campbell and Roberto Luongo. The Panthers are determined to improve upon last season’s sixth place […]

Plekanec Passes Gainey as Canadiens Continue Great Start
Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec still has a long way to go before reaching No. 1 on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. At No.22 after passing Bob Gainey with a two-goal effort against the Ottawa Senators that powered the Habs to a 3-0 start this season, one can argue he’s right where he belongs, though. […]

The Grind Line: Next Retired Number of the Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings fans have been blessed to watch Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Ted Lindsay, and other greats don the Winged Wheel over the franchise’s history. Following their respective retirements, their numbers have been raised to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena as a tribute to success they contributed to the Red Wings. With Nicklas […]

Reflecting on the NHL’s Opening Weekend
The 2015-16 NHL season is in full swing. The Chicago Blackhawks have the raised latest Stanley Cup Champions banner, the excitement of opening night is behind us and we are already marching towards this season’s playoffs. Now every team has taken to the ice and gotten their individual seasons underway, which means there has already […]

The Breadman Cometh
The Chicago Blackhawks have completed their first week of the 2015-2016 season. They raised the banner on Wednesday, and promptly lost opening night at home to the New York Rangers.  No shame in that considering the Rangers have yet to lose so far this year. The ‘Hawks then had a tough home and home back-to-back series […]

Facing Off: Top Plays from Opening Week, Sutter on Hot Seat?
Facing Off is a weekly column, featuring Larry Fisher and Andrew Bensch, 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 […]

3 Questions Raised by the Panthers’ Home Opener
After compiling a 3-3-0 preseason record, the Florida Panthers began their 2015-16 regular season campaign with a bang, routing the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1 at the BB&T Center. With 81 games still to be played, Saturday’s performance raises a number of questions about the team’s direction. Is the Panthers’ Powerplay Continuing to Improve? When Florida’s powerplay […]

Despite Rough Start, Oilers Will Still be a Playoff Team
Off to an 0-2 start,  the Edmonton Oilers are an enigma. Connor McDavid is yet to record a point and the team is in their customary basement position. They lost to the St. Louis Blues, but that game could have gone either way, and last night they were shut out by a Pekka Rinna. Taylor […]

Hockey Headlines: First NHL Week Wraps Up; Whale Win First NWHL Game
Here’s what you may have missed from a busy weekend for hockey fans: The Connecticut Whale won the first ever NWHL game. [Sports Illustrated] It was a loud, sellout crowd for the first NWHL game. [Collinsville Press] There is a much bigger picture here and the players know it. [New York Times] Enter the Whale […]

5 Lesser Known Top Edmonton Oilers Prospects
When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers and the talk of top prospects, most people immediately shake their heads. Loaded with talent following years of failure, the Oilers have a seemingly endless pipeline of young, talented players with aspirations of one day playing at hockey’s highest level. Of course, we know of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, […]

Power Play Woes for Kings in First 2 Games
The Kings remain pointless in the first two games of the season this week after losing to the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 7 by a score of 5-1 and the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 4-1 on Oct. 9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Kings begin the season having […]

Panthers Make Statement on Opening Night
The Florida Panthers struggled last season. On the ice, they were a team on the playoff bubble, finishing seven points out of a wild card spot. They sported some promising young stars who hadn’t quite come of age and a handful of well-known commodities who are are getting up there in years. Off the ice, […]

NHL Drops the Ball After Kreider Hit on Wennberg
The NHL made a huge statement when they suspended Sharks forward Raffi Torres for 41 games after his brutal hit on the Ducks Jakob Silfverberg. This was a big leap forward for the league that has had a spotty record when it comes to consistently holding players accountable. Saturday night, they took several steps back […]

Fans Leave Beauts in Awe
As members of the Buffalo Beauts and Boston Pride took the ice for warm ups on Sunday afternoon, none of the players had any idea what to expect from the crowd at HARBORCENTER in downtown Buffalo. How many people would be in the stands? Would they be excited? Would they cheer? What they got was […]

Simple System Will Put Mike Johnston on the Hot Seat
Is Mike Johnston willing to discipline the Penguins' star players if they continue to make mistakes?

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly of Capitals’ Season Opener
The first period in the Washington Capitals’ season opener against the New Jersey Devils Saturday was ugly – particularly for the Caps. Even though they went 2-0 up in the early going, it was evident that there were some jittery first-game nerves on display at the Verizon Center, especially when the home team coughed up […]

Video: Hilary Knight Scores First Ever Boston Pride Goal
In the second National Women’s Hockey League game on Sunday — the opening day of the inaugural season — the Boston Pride played a roadie against the Buffalo Beauts. The Pride got the best of the Beauts early, leading 3-0 after two periods of play and outshooting the Beauts 29 to 15. But it was […]

The Magic of Mrazek
Petr Mrazek put on one of the most magical performances in-goal that you will ever see, in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night. The Hurricanes gave their home-opening sellout crowd their money’s worth, playing with fierce intensity and aggression from the very first faceoff. 18,949 excited fans came out […]

Brad Marchand Has Concussion, Out Indefinitely
We’re less than a week into the 2015-16 season and the Bruins have already had a rough go of things. The Bruins are 0-2-0 and have been outscored 10-4. They lost Zdeno Chara during a preseason game with an upper body injury, and he’s been out ever since. They have also lost Dennis Seidenberg for […]

Robin Lehner Will Miss 6-10 Weeks
With goaltender Robin Lehner getting injured in the first game of the year, things got off to a shaky start for the Buffalo Sabres. Lehner went down to his knees on a seemingly innocent-looking play and had trouble getting up during the second period and had to be helped off the ice. The news on […]

Leafs Week In Review + Thoughts on the Best Game So Far
The Leafs finished up their first week of the season with an 0-2-1 record after losing last night to the Senators in an absolutely great-to-watch Saturday Night debut. Saturday night hockey is pretty much the best thing in the world (regardless of what I may or may not think about the new Hockey Night in […]

Video: Jessica Koizumi Scores NWHL’s First Goal
Sunday was a big day for hockey at large. The National Women’s Hockey League debuted stateside with games streaming for free online. The first game of the day featured the New York Riveters visiting the Connecticut Whale in Stamford, Connecticut. The Riveters, who played a rough and tumble game against the visiting Minnesota Whitecaps during […]

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Hawks Blank Leafs; Baun Quits
Things couldn’t get much worse for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager – coach Punch Imlach these days. His club put on a completely punchless performance last evening as they were shut out by the Chicago Black Hawks 3-0 at the Chicago Stadium. To make matters worse, one of his best defensemen has left the team. […]

Panthers Taking Next Step Forward
The Florida Panthers are a team considered to be on the rise. Though many teams can be considered the same, it’s a matter of taking that next step to keep rising that’s most difficult. Most of the Panthers core players had career years last season, and they must keep on that track if Florida is […]

If NHL Players Were Halloween Monsters…
Halloween is just around the corner, and you have to think your favorite NHL players are getting ready to pick out their costumes for their teams’ parties. However, maybe some players don’t need to dress up. Maybe their everyday clothes are their actual costumes and their game helmets their metaphorical masks. Maybe, just maybe, there […]

3 Takeaways from Patrick Marleau’s Impressive 2-Goal Game
In a slightly less chaotic affair than most Sharks and Ducks contests, the San Jose Sharks earned a 2-0 victory in their home opener on Saturday night. Patrick Marleau and Martin Jones led the way with the former scoring twice and the latter posting his first shutout as a Shark. Despite the low-scoring game and […]

Oilers Offence Continues To Fire Blanks
Just two games into their 2015-16 schedule and it appears as though the Edmonton Oilers have already taken to the teachings of their new head coach. For a second consecutive outing, Todd McLellan’s side managed to hold their own against another Central Division powerhouse. Edmonton Oilers shut out by Nashville Predators — HockeyNightInCanada […]

Points of Emphasis: Kessel Scores, Refs Sleep, Pens Fall
Game two of the season is in the books for the Pittsburgh Penguins and we’ve learned that the Pens are actually able to score.  A sloppy start for both teams turned into a track meet, with a frantic pace that felt more like game two of the Finals instead of just the season. Here are some notable […]

Smith Sparks Coyotes Fast Start
As this NHL season progresses, many pundits believe the fortunes of the Arizona Coyotes lay directly on the shoulders of Mike Smith, the team’s goal tender. Coming off a disastrous season of just 14 victories in 62 games a year ago, Smith, with recent failures behind and optimism ahead, seems to have reached a crucial […]

The Nuck Stops Here: Bachman Re-Called, Ryan Miller
‘The Nuck Stops Here’ is a Vancouver Canucks news and opinion column running every Sunday throughout the season. NEWS Richard Bachman Re-Called The following is a pres-release from the organization: Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Richard Bachman from the AHL Utica Comets and […]

Lehner Injury Brings Intrigue to the Sabres Net
Going into the season the plan in-goal for the Sabres was clear.  Lehner would be the number one goaltender and backed up by veteran Chad Johnson.  Well only about half way into the first game the plan changed.  Lehner went down with a lower body and could miss up to two months according to early reports.  While the newly acquired […]

Conservationists Want Apology From Clayton Stoner
A judge has postponed the court case against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner that sees him facing five charges related to a grizzly bear hunt in 2013, according to the National Observer. In his native province of British Columbia, Stoner was photographed hold a bear’s head, an act that has drawn loads of criticism from […]

Ray Emery Signs Tryout With Kings’ AHL Affiliate
Ray Emery was a UFA over the summer after the 33-year-old’s contract with the Philadelphia Flyers expired on July 1. In September, still without a contract, he took a tryout deal with the Lightning after Tampa Bay found out that they would start the season without Andrei Vasilevskiy. They solved that problem when they claimed […]

NWHL to Stream Games for Free
The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has announced plans for their new streaming service called Cross-Ice Pass, which will stream for free via YouTube all season long. The service launches on Sunday, when the first two games of the league’s inaugural season take place. The New York Riveters face the Connecticut Whale at 1:30pm EST […]


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