Maybe — probably — you figure your window is open only as long as Alex Ovechkin is an effective goalscorer. Yes, Oshie had the same number of goals as Ovechkin this past season. Washington has basically two more kicks at the can here.
A quick rundown of the past few days for Chicago: Marian Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin are out, Connor Murphy and Brandon Saad are in. The problem is obviously that there’s no clear evidence these moves make Chicago better. Quite the opposite: Stan Bowman traded short-term roster stability
Nolan Patrick is more of a finisher, one supposes, while Nico Hischier is the distributor of the two. The consensus over the past few months has slowly shifted from Patrick — the clear No. 1 at the start of the season — to Hischier, who dominated both World Junior and the QMJHL. Patrick will probably
You can go into every NHL Awards Show with a black ball of despairing anticipation, and for good reason. The NHL has given you every possible reason to expect the worst with this show. To be fair, the NHL didn’t actively screw anything up, as far as I could tell.
This is all about trying to build the best possible Vegas Golden Knights roster from all the guys made available. And that roster really, truly, honestly isn't remotely good enough to make the playoffs most of the time.
The idea, one supposes, was that Vegas needs to make the cap floor, which next season figures to be in the area of $45-46 million. If your average player’s AAV is just $2 million, you’re there. There is, therefore, no real reason for Vegas to go bad-contract shopping.
One of the things to watch in this entire Stanley Cup Final series was how badly the Nashville Predators outshot the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was tied in Game 5, and only after Pittsburgh opened up a huge lead. In the first year after the implementation of the salary cap era, the Carolina Hurricanes
The Nashville Predators better hope that Ryan Ellis's injury, whatever it happens to be, doesn't preclude or in any way limit his participation in Sunday night's elimination game.
JUNE 03: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrates with teammates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The team
The stat that stands out, obviously, is giving up eight goals on 36 shots in 102:16. Before that, it took Pekka Rinne 249 minutes and 131 shots to give up eight goals. Which is why the Nashville Predators walked over Anaheim in the Western Conference Final.
At this point it will be difficult to not-have that save percentage for the series fall from .925, unless he pitches a couple shutouts, but Rinne has basically had three bad games in this postseason (Game 2 at St. Louis, Game 2 at Anaheim, and Game 1 in Pittsburgh). A 5-on-3 Evgeni Malkin bomb through
This is due in part to a paucity of original thinking among NHL GMs and a difficulty in understanding exactly what made successful teams successful in the first place. Remember when the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup?
It should, perhaps, come as no surprise that the team which has only played 16 games in this postseason as it rumbled to its first-ever Stanley Cup Final should be seen as a favorite.
How the NHL didn’t see fit to suspend Tommy Wingels for the straight-up elbow he threw at Scott Wilson’s chin, away from the play, down a touchdown and an extra point, is damn mystifying? The NHL doesn’t take this stuff seriously, but fans should. Imagine you’re Shea Weber.
The quality of the hockey in these playoffs has been good. In terms of teams that were dominant on a level commensurate with some of the best Stanley Cup winners in recent memory, only two seemed to really be in the conversation. It seemed that Pittsburgh and Washington had the best top-to-bottom lineups
Going into last night’s Game 3, Jean-Gabriel Pageau had one of the highest postseason goals per 60 since 2007-08, when advanced stat tracking began. Five of the 11 goals he scored in the postseason — and this is in only a little more than 16 minutes a night — were game-winners.
One of the things that has been pervasive in hockey over the past few weeks has been the smug chortling from Canadians like, “Oh ho, the ratings for NBC will be really bad if it’s a Ducks/Senators final, haha,” as though: a) anyone outside of an NHL or NBC boardroom should give a rat’s ass, and b) the
Okay it's another mailbag. Things are chugging along in the conference finals, and crazy as it is to say we're really very close to the season being over.
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
The Senators destroy the competition for the 40 or so percent of the game Karlsson is on the ice, and get caved in the second he comes off. How about this for a stat: Among all defensemen to play at least 230 minutes at 5-on-5 in a playoff run since 2007-08, Karlsson’s relative goals-for percentage
Oh are we mad about embellishment again? Maybe Nick Bonino embellished that high stick. This is the same dumbass argument you have about soccer — particularly with dullards who don’t watch soccer but want something to complain about anyway — all the time.