Flames’ arena, Vegas goaltending and Erik Karlsson (Puck Daddy Countdown)

The Flames unsuccessfully pushed to get the incumbent mayor, Naheed Nenshi, booted from office. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh) (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 7. The Flames’ arena The Flames really made a big push to get the incumbent Read more

The Ottawa Senators didn’t miss Erik Karlsson, but we did

Contrary to popular belief, the Ottawa Senators survived life without Erik Karlsson. (Getty) When the Ottawa Senators host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, they will do so as one of two teams that has taken at least a point from every game they have played so far, now two weeks into the season. Not bad Read more

NCAA Hockey 101: Which teams will see their fortunes change?

It’s been a predictably odd start to the collegiate season. (Getty) Early in the season, results can be very strange indeed. On opening weekend, the preseason No. 5 team in the country, UMass Lowell, was swept in a home-and-home series to open the season by lowly UNH, a team picked to finish close to the Read more

Underrated Ehlers getting deserved attention for huge week

Nikolaj Ehlers has rarely gotten his due because of higher-profile teammates in Winnipeg. (John Woods/CP) In a different era Nikolaj Ehlers might be one of the emerging faces of the NHL. Generally speaking, 21-year-old snipers coming off 64 point seasons don’t come around too often. Unfortunately for the Danish winger, hockey is just bursting with Read more

What We Learned: When can we start the Auston Matthews MVP conversation?

Auston Matthews has been playing at an MVP level this season. (Mark Blinch/Getty) Not to draw too many conclusions from the first week and a half of the season, but you know that step everyone expected Auston Matthews to take? Looks like he took it. Five games into the season, he has exactly that many Read more

Trending Topics: Don’t freak out, but Buffalo’s off to a horrible start

Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) reacts after giving up a goal to the New York Islanders during the second period of a hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Last season, when everything else seemed like it was going sideways, the Sabres could at least console themselves with the Read more

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

In our first featured Game of the Week of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Centre Bell on Saturday, October 14 at 7 pm. The teams might be on different trajectories but that doesn’t make the storied rivalry any less fierce since these teams have always brought the best and Read more

Puck Daddy Notebook: Blackhawks relieved to have Saad back with Toews

The Chicago Blackhawks are relieved to have Brandon Saad playing alongside Jonathan Toews again. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) You’re now flipping through the Puck Daddy Notebook. This series will run somewhat sporadically, as it requires scrubbing something stimulating from the minds of NHL players and coaches. This may or may not Read more

Devils’ Keith Kinkaid admits he has an emoji problem

Whether it’s tracking shots, scoring chances, faceoffs or just lending vocal support, backup goaltenders in the NHL typically do have responsibilities to tend to as they sit on the end of the bench. However few are like Keith Kinkaid, and are expected to write a game story. Fans of the New Jersey Devils now eagerly Read more

Puck Daddy Bag of Mail: Struggling Habs, hot starts, historical duos

How will McDavid and Matthews stack up to Crosby and Ovechkin when all is said and done? (Mark Blinch/Getty Images) It has been quite the opening week in the NHL. The Golden Knights are 3-0 and actually playing pretty well given their talent level. The Leafs are obliterating a lot of teams and having fun Read more

Devils’ Lovejoy moved by Engelland’s ‘powerful’ speech

Ever since their time together in the minor leagues, Ben Lovejoy always knew how much love Deryk Engelland had for Las Vegas. What he learned Tuesday night is how eloquently he could convey it. Like many who watched Engelland address the crowd before the Vegas Golden Knights celebrated their first game on home ice against Read more

Puck Daddy Countdown: Shipachyov, Leafs and drawing conclusions

Auston Matthews and Jake Gardiner celebrate a goal against the Blackhawks. (CP) (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 7 – The Shipachyov situation Vadim Shipachyov signed with the Vegas Golden Knights before the expansion draft last summer and likely Read more

NCAA Hockey 101: Who will be the nation’s best goalie?

Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet is in a strong position to win the Mike Richer Award. (Getty) At the highest levels of hockey, you either find success with your goaltending or you don’t find it at all. Teams don’t win the Stanley Cup without a goalie who’s playing well above average. That’s true in college hockey Read more

Watch: Auston Matthews caps dominant night with OT winner

Auston Matthews outshone countryman Patrick Kane in Tuesday’s head-to-head matchup between American stars. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) “Yeah, for sure.” That was Auston Matthews being mindful, but at the same time not shying away when asked Tuesday morning if he aspires to one day become the face of USA Hockey — a distinction most Read more

What We Learned: What if Alex Ovechkin shoots like this all year?

Alex Ovechkin followed up his opening-night hat trick with a four-goal performance versus the Montreal Canadiens. (Getty) Your NHL goals leader through the first two games of the season? Feels like old times, I guess: It’s Alex Ovechkin, with seven. In two games. The next-closest guys have four in two and three games, respectively. By Read more

Explosive Maple Leafs still prioritizing the process

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been able to outscore their issues through two games this season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston) It took just two games for the 2017-18 Toronto Maple Leafs to momentarily fall under the dizzying spell of their own talent. Bashing Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers over the head with five Read more

Trending Topics: Why Jaromir Jagr shakes up the Pacific

Jaromir Jagr puts on a jersey as he is introduced as the newest member of the Calgary Flames. (Larry MacDougal/CP) The idea of using forwards in “pairs” rather than three-man units is nothing new. How many guys have the Sedins lugged to 25-plus goal seasons beyond anyone’s expectations? How many different wingers are Brad Marchand Read more

Lightning’s J.T. Brown raises fist during national anthem

J.T. Brown raises his fist in effort to raise awareness to social injustice. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown didn’t have the answer to when or how often he’d raise his fist during the Star-Spangled Banner to show his support and solidarity toward the athletes and activists aiming to bring attention to Read more

5 first impressions of the Vegas Golden Knights

James Neal had a tremendous debut for the Vegas Golden Knights. (AP Photo/LM Otero) So the Vegas Golden Knights are officially a thing that has a record and a history and something to build on after a surprise 2-1 win in Dallas. We make sure to mention this because there’s a real possibility you missed Read more

NHL, Stars stand with Vegas before Golden Knights’ debut

We are all with you, Vegas. Every step of the way. #VegasStrong pic.twitter.com/OVqFXpn7we — NHL (@NHL) October 7, 2017 It was more than just the establishment of a hockey team. The NHL community stood in solidarity Friday as it extended its arms to a community suffering from heartbreak. Before the Vegas Golden Knights’ first-ever game Read more