People say the Winnipeg Jets are having a disastrous season, and it’s easy to see why. While their offense is actually better than you might expect (it was eighth in the league in total goals after Saturday’s win over St. Louis) but their defense has been horrific. Things got so bad for Connor Hellebuyck
It feels like the Boston Bruins have been firing Claude Julien forever. You want to read the “It would be a mistake to fire Claude Julien” takes, you can do it anywhere. The reasons why you don’t fire Claude Julien are self-evident: The Bruins are the best possession team in the league.
The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 6-4. With NHL Trade Season now finally upon us — less than six weeks to the deadline, gang! — and more than half the season gone, we’re starting to get a good idea of what teams will be looking to buy or sell. A team with a very clear need right now is Chicago.
Well it’s that time of year again: Rumor Town USA (or Canada depending upon your own personal address, I guess) and you know it’s that time of year because an NHL.com writer retweeted a fake Bob McKenzie account on Monday night.
It’s getting tougher to say who, exactly, is the best team in the NCHC. Over the past few weeks there have been some, shall we say, troubling results for the nation’s second-best conference, with very good teams suffering very bad losses and allowing the door to open up a little bit for other teams
Filling out a mid-season awards ballot the other day took a little bit of research, and when I got to the Vezina category it was a slam dunk. With that having been said, we’ve seen Dubnyk eat it big-time before, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially considering that no one gets this
WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 11: Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scores his 1000th career goal in the early first period as the Washington Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center in Washington DC, January 7, 2016. The thing that’s really mind-blowing about Alex Ovechkin clearing 1,000 points
Over the weekend, a number of college hockey games were played at Fenway Park, including one between Boston University and UMass. There’s something about Star Wars universe names that stand out. Sure everyone called him Grand Admiral Thrawn.
JANUARY 08: Boston University Terriers Tommy Kelly #22, Gabriel Chabot #10, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson #23, Bobo Carpenter #14 and Patrick Harper #21 prepare before taking the ice against the University of Massachusetts Minuteman at Fenway Park on January 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. At the start
As evidenced by the Blue Jackets, almost anyone can have a good run of several games or more. Auston Matthews, obviously, is having a whopper of a season and has already surpassed Patrik Laine as the Calder Winner In Waiting. Add William Nylander.
NOVEMBER 30: Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 30, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. You have to give the Calgary Flames some credit. About halfway through their season, they’re holding onto a
(In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 8. Cash grabs
Last week in this space we talked about the Hobey Baker race and how very few goaltenders ever appear to warrant consideration for the award. The only goaltender to win it in recent memory is Ryan Miller, who played almost every second for Michigan State in 2000-01 and had a .950 save percentage when
Most people didn’t have the Boston Bruins making the playoffs this season, and back in October that was a reasonable position to take. The reasons why the Bruins were a fading star in the NHL over the past few years were only going to exacerbate themselves: almost everyone the blue line was either too
DECEMBER 29: Calvin Pickard #31 of the Colorado Avalanche sits next to the net after giving up a goal to Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars in the first period at American Airlines Center on December 29, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. How bad are the Avs today? Not that anyone would admit whether Colorado
Josh Anderson, a 22-year-old rookie, was pursuing the puck but got beat to the dots by Adam McQuaid. Anderson was fired up about a hit McQuaid had thrown earlier in the shift, or other so he went after McQuaid and got his hands up high. The linesman stepped in and prevented the fight, ostensibly because
Losing Jack Eichel for 20ish games didn’t help anyone, but when your leading scorer is Rasmus Ristolainen things are just flat-out not going your way. To see all this land at the feet of Dan Bylsma, well, it’s tough but understandable. As always, you have to keep in mind a coach can’t tell his players
With holiday tournaments starting this week, the second half of the college hockey season is nearly upon us. With this in mind, we can at least start to look at who seems probable to be in the Hobey Baker conversation at the end of the year.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how all the long winning streaks in the NHL this season have made a lot of the season a fait accompli: there’s already a sizable gap between the playoff teams in most divisions and their closest competitors. Calgary and Los Angeles has a tenuous three-point lead
Hey remember a few years ago when they had the Olympics in Sochi, and USA Hockey produced a pretty underwhelming team? You know what I mean: When the brain trust left some of the best players at their positions in the whole world home because of things like a perceived lack of hustle or because they
Boy, isn’t it so so crazy that even after they kept playing Antti Raanta because Lundqvist had two bad games in three appearances, it turns out the guy is still really one of the absolute best goalies ever to play the game? It’s very probable, let alone possible, that whatever was wrong with him (nothing