The exciting part about a new season is that it resets every team. Win and loss columns are all brought back to zero. Each team is full of potential and hope. But slow starts out of the gate can kill a team. Failing to be even a mediocre team can be deadly in the NHL.
Philadelphia Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick practiced Wednesday and is expected to play Thursday at Ottawa after being knocked out of Tuesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. Patrick, the talented center who had three points this season, was checked head-first into the glass by Anaheim forward Chris Wagner, dropped to his knees and needed help leaving
Marc Bergevin Can Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin turn it around? Not just the season after a historically bad start, but how he’s perceived by the public? The two aren’t mutually exclusive, as most everyone is more successful at their jobs without any distractions hindering their concentration or vitriol being spewed in their direction.
Oct 26, 2017 Emily KaplanESPN Don’t get spooked, but Halloween is right around the corner. That means we’re three weeks into the season, and trends are beginning to solidify. For this week’s Power Rankings — voted, as always, by ESPN’s panel of 20 experts — we kept in the holiday spirit to identify the scariest
It’s one of the biggest headlines currently circulating around the hockey world. Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise underwent successful back surgery – a microdiscectomy to repair a herniated disk, and will be out for another eight to 10 weeks. Parise has yet to play in a game yet in the 2017-18 season and the Wild have
5:55 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN It’s early in the season. Like, super early. If this were the movie “Titanic,” Leonardo DiCaprio would have just won his boat ticket in that poker game and Billy Zane would simply be a dashing fiancé with slightly unsettling intensity. That acknowledged, a few players and coaches (and one team)
No matter how many times we see hot and cold streaks come and go in hockey, there is always a tendency to jump to conclusions when early-season results either exceed or fall short of our expectations. Having an eye for whether small-sample stats are indicative of things to come can be the difference between winning
As much as the Edmonton Oilers slow start irked Todd McLellan, chances are the way his team was losing games is what bothered him most. Though they still gives up their share of chances, last night’s overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins was the club’s third consecutive 2-1 outcome. Despite the loss, the head coach
If there’s one thing every current hockey fan knows, it’s that in 3-on-3 overtime, chances are regularly exchanged and the puck moves from one end of the ice to the other in rapid succession. 2-on-1 breaks are a consistency in extra time and if you can’t skate, you might as well play back in the neutral
What is the NHL’s biggest tire fire? Greg Wyshynski: There is a collection of very worthy (unworthy?) candidates for the season’s most scorching early tire fires. Some teams have struggled through significant injuries, such as the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild. Some teams have struggled because a series of franchise-redefining moves haven’t exactly panned out;
The law of averages states that things eventually even out; the Florida Panthers better hope that happens soon. Despite playing relatively well, the team still came out of the third week of the 2017-18 National Hockey League campaign with a 1-2-0 record, putting them 3-4-0 on the season, good for sixth in the uber-competitive Atlantic.
It is early in the NHL season and the San Jose Sharks sit with a modest 4-4-0 record. While the first two games of the season were not good, the Sharks have been strong since then. In most of these six games, the Sharks have either matched or outplayed their opponents. What has been working?
The Florida Panthers have claimed Antti Niemi off waivers to shore up their goaltending position, with starter Roberto Luongo sidelined because of an injury to his right hand. Niemi was claimed on Tuesday, a day after being waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He allowed 16 goals in losing three games for the Penguins. Niemi is
There’s no question that the Arizona Coyotes are off to an absolutely brutal start to the 2017-18 season. They’ve failed to win a game in eight tries and are off to the worst start in franchise history by a wide margin. Prior to this year, the Coyotes had never started a season with more than
College hockey is exciting, especially when some of the nation’s best teams move up and down the rankings. This week, Quinnipiac University propelled themselves over Northeastern University to a 3-1-1 record. Meanwhile, St. Cloud State University remained undefeated after reverting Boston College to a record of 1-3-1. The University of Denver remains the No. 1
Among the current top 20 scorers, whom would you choose to build a team around? Greg Wyshynski: There’s obviously only one answer: Connor McDavid of the Edmonton — wait, what? He’s 58th in points? What a nutty season. With McDavid out, I imagine many would select Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who is technically
The Pittsburgh Penguins placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers Monday after he appeared in just three games as Matt Murray‘s backup. Niemi, 34, had a 7.49 goals-against average and a .797 save percentage. That includes allowing seven goals in a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. He gave up four goals in under
PITTSBURGH — The fan in Connor McDavid comes out whenever he sees Sidney Crosby‘s familiar No. 87 on TV. “When you’re watching, you’re hoping for him to do something cool,” the Edmonton Oilers star said. Defending one of his childhood idols is another matter entirely. McDavid will get an up-close look when the Oilers visit
This article was originally written in August, 2015. In 2005-06, a 25-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, one of the most northern settlements in the Province located at the base of Hudson Bay, shattered expectations and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Four year later, he had played in his
David Desharnais has been one of the lone bright spots for the New York Rangers in the midst of this early season slump. In the offseason, he signed a one year, $1 million contract. Also in the busy offseason, the Rangers traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta, signed Kevin Shattenkirk and bought out Dan Girardi.
There’s a lot to like about the 2017-18 Calgary Flames roster, but there are also a few pieces that just don’t quite fit the puzzle anymore. Players like Mike Smith, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and T.J. Brodie have been great, and obviously aren’t going anywhere. Michael Ferland and Sam Bennett have undoubtedly struggled to start
‘Ducks Drill Down’ is a regular, ~weekly column that recaps the latest goings-on with the Anaheim Ducks. The Anaheim Ducks got a nice respite from a busy first couple of weeks of the season that saw them compile a paltry 2-3-1 record while trying to stay afloat in the standings amidst an onslaught of injuries
Frustration took center stage for the Washington Capitals on Saturday when they fell 4-1 to the Florida Panthers on home ice, just 24 hours after they downed the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime. Following the loss, goaltender Philipp Grubauer expressed that Washington needs to keep pushing forward and has to better handle their consistency
Greg Wyshynski: The Golden Knights’ success (6-1-0) is stunning for an NHL expansion team. No other first-year team in the history of the league has won six of its first seven games. This doesn’t just include every expansion team in the past 100 years, but teams like the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL’s inaugural 1917-18
That didn’t take long. Just one day after the Detroit Red Wings announced that they had agreed to a deal “in principle” with forward Andreas Athanasiou, corresponding moves followed on Saturday that made him eligible to officially sign with Detroit. While the Ryan Sproul-for-Matt Puempel deal with the New York Rangers saw Detroit part with
Any hockey fan worth their salt knows the term “Original Six.” Those words immediately bring to mind images from the NHL’s rich history–from a time when goalies had no masks, and giants like Eddie Shore and Toe Blake patrolled the ice. Most fans can also correctly identify the teams that make up the Original Six:
Sometimes, dreams do come true. For Ryan Donato, being drafted by the Boston Bruins – his hometown team and the team his father Ted Donato played for in the 1990s, was exactly that. Playing hockey at Harvard with his father as the head coach, Donato has already lived the dream of any Boston-native hockey player.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Scott Wilson and a 2018 third-round draft pick. The trade was announced before the Penguins played Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Detroit also sent defenseman Ryan Sproul to the
You’ve likely heard of the saying that perception is reality. In this respect, Vancouver Canucks fans are often described as among the whiniest in the NHL. While you can argue how fair this perception is, the fans didn’t help themselves with their reaction to Brock Boeser being a healthy scratch for the home opener against
The Carolina Hurricanes band of young NHL players hit the road to escape the parking lot that would become the highways surrounding the PNC Arena. The North Carolina State Fair is in town and the Hurricanes always leave town in early October as a result. Past Performance Thankfully Not Repeating Heading west has not been