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
Fans of the Los Angeles Kings have a lot to be happy about right now because they’re starting to win games like they used to. For Dean Lombardi, the Kings’ previous general manager, if getting fired wasn’t bad enough, getting fired and having the team win without him must feel even worse. After finishing the
In today’s Rumor Rundown we look at some of the NHL’s most popular franchises. There is a domino effect that comes from the Red Wings getting Andreas Athanasiou signed. What will be the team’s next move? Are the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens talking? Are the Habs thinking about trading one of their best forwards?
This may very well be rock bottom for the Montreal Canadiens, who, at 1-6-1, are last in the Eastern Conference. There are positives to focus on after their latest defeat to the Anaheim Ducks, which resulted in only the fourth seven-game losing streak in team history. For example, the Habs set a new team-record 30
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed in principle to a one-year, $1,387,500 deal with forward Andreas Athanasiou. General manager Ken Holland said before the team’s game against Washington on Friday night that the 23-year-old Athanasiou needed to travel back from Europe and go through the immigration process, and that he still needed to
The stalemate between the Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent Andreas Athansious has finally come to an end, per Bob Mckenzie. Agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season, Athanasious will now return to the Red Wings after a very lengthy contract dispute that stretched into the start of the NHL’s regular season.
In what wasn’t expected to be a banner year for rookies, the kids are all right. After being treated to the rookie campaigns of Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel in recent years, expectations were low coming into this season. But we have plenty of first-year NHLers making names for themselves and forcing their
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The Dallas Stars had a good, if imperfect, week. They slid past a desperate Arizona Coyotes squad with a 5-4 win Thursday night, extending their win streak to three games and boosting their record to 4-3-0. That’s good. To get Thursday’s win, however, goalie Ben Bishop had to play the role of Bonasera in The Godfather,
Oct 19, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN NEW YORK — Alain Vigneault stood before his disheartened New York Rangers players, who are on a 1-5-2 skid to start the season. Away from the frustrated fans and the critical questions from the media. Just a coach and his charges, trying to find a way to dig their fingernails
At the end of last season, Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown was written off by many as being past his prime. He’s too old, he’s not scoring anymore, and he’s certainly not worth the $5.875 million he’ll be receiving every year until he becomes a free agent following the 2021-22 season, critics said. A quick
The prospect shelf of the Winnipeg Jets has long been considered one of the deepest in the league. In the coming weeks, they’ll have a chance to prove it. Just a couple weeks into this young season, the Jets already have players visiting the infirmary. Mathieu Perreault and Dmitry Kulikov both suffered lower body injuries