For the Detroit Red Wings, the appropriate time to “play the kids” is an age-old debate, with fans, media, and management each having varied opinions on the matter. But as Bob Dylan said about the times, they are a-changin’. Sort of. During Detroit’s end-of-season press conference, general manager Ken Holland stated that he expects two
It’s no secret the New Jersey Devils need to improve their defense this summer. Late last week, I wrote about who they could target in free agency to do so. However, there aren’t many desirable options come July 1. If they’re unable to add someone through free agency, Ray Shero may have to look for
The recent Stanley Cup Final featured a goalie matchup between Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights. And while many statistics were used to favor one goalie or the other, a surprising statistic favored both. It turns out, Stanley Cup winning goalies aren’t the regular season’s ironman goalies.
The Nashville Predators were the cream of the NHL’s crop during the regular season but ultimately fell short during the playoffs. That doesn’t diminish their regular-season prowess, where many players stepped up. Some Predators deserve to be recognized for their career years, and while they may not win any NHL awards, we should take a
The Nashville Predators’ season fell short by a few rounds as the Winnipeg Jets vanquished them in seven games. There were many reasons why the chips fell as they did, but I wanted to highlight a few of them. A lot of these reasons were present through the season but were covered by the immaculate
The San Jose Sharks’s season ended a few weeks earlier than they would’ve preferred, but this year shouldn’t be seen as a negative. Many young players took the next step, aging stars showed that they could still compete, and the goaltending held up through most of the season. There are quite a few questions that
Late last week, I took a look at Nico Hischier’s rookie season and the impact he had on the New Jersey Devils. It’s probably safe to assume that they wouldn’t have made the playoffs without him. Today, I’ll be reviewing Miles Wood’s season. He may not have had the same influence as Hischier, but his
It was do or die on Monday night and when their backs were against the wall, the Nashville Predators came out swinging. More specifically, Filip Forsberg showed up in a big way. The first line was producing but each member had a specific role in powering the Predators to force a Game 7. Viktor Arvidsson
The Nashville Predators had their hands full with the Colorado Avalanche in round one of the playoffs. What should’ve been an easy win turned into six games of a heated future rivalry. It all ended in Game 6, where the Predators finally flexed their muscles and put the Avalanche away without a shadow of a doubt.
Game 82 of the season has come and gone and the Nashville Predators are the best team in the NHL. The Presidents’ Trophy is coming to Tennesee and it was a wild ride. There were ups and downs, blockbuster trades, and incredible goaltending. While things weren’t always peachy, there was always a sense that everything
Yes, the title is a little bit snarky but it’s true. The Columbus Blue Jackets were sitting Cam Atkinson, Norris Candidate Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Ryan Murray, Nick Foligno, Alexander Wennberg and Artemi Panarin. That’s basically their full top line, and this game went accordingly. The Nashville Predators, in turn, sat Viktor Arvidsson and Eeli Tolvanen.
Sunday night featured what may have been the game of the season. The Nashville Predators traveled to Winnipeg after a rough loss to the Minnesota Wild for their second game in 24 hours. They would find no solace in the “true North,” as the Jets were seeking vengeance. The Jets won by a score of
Check out the statistical leaders in the NHL and you will notice that the Philadelphia Flyers have some players near the top. Claude Giroux’s bounce-back season has put him in the top 10 in points and in Hart Trophy contention once again. Jake Voracek, no matter what linemates he has played with, has been near
I’m not going to sugar coat it, the Buffalo Sabres are a dumpster fire. They’re currently wasting Jack Eichel’s early years and are doing no service to young guns like Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart. Quite frankly, I’m not even sure Rasmus Dahlin could turn this franchise around, although I do like new general manager
The season is starting to wind down and the playoffs are inching closer. The Central Division remains the cream of the crop in the NHL and the race is only getting tighter. The Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, and Dallas Stars are all jockeying for position and the competition is getting nastier by the
On Jan. 24, I published an article that predicted team success using goal differential. In the article, I wrote that I would apply the prediction model to the trade deadline and attempt to value all of the major deals. Because the model involves a team’s goal totals for a season, there is a minimal goal total
The Dallas Stars coasted into their bye week Saturday afternoon, cruising past the hapless Edmonton Oilers, 5-1. As the players, coaches and staff scatter to the four winds for a few days, Stars fans can bask in the warm afterglow of a 4-1-0 homestand and ponder one existential question: Is this a playoff team? While
For years, Alex Edler has been a polarizing figure in the Vancouver sports market. With injuries and age accumulating, we’ve likely passed the days of prime Edler. That doesn’t mean, though, that the debate on the now 31-year-old Swede has ended. In fact, if anything, the division has only increased. Critics of Edler say that
Sidney Crosby put together one of the best seasons of his career last year by leading the league in goals with 44, his highest since the 2009-10 season, and posted his highest point-per-game mark (1.19) since the 2013-14 season. Of his 44 goals, 26 of them occurred in 5-on-5 situations, his most since the 2009-10
The sports world is careening towards hockey season, with only a few weeks separating us from the beginning of training camp. Despite that very exciting news, Jaromir Jagr remains unsigned, which is very unexciting news. There are a plethora of teams that Jagr can help including one of his (many) former teams, the New York
It is not a secret that the Rangers have an issue on the blue line. After defensive breakdown after defensive breakdown in their six-game loss to the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it is time for a change. The time might be nigh to move on from Dan Girardi