Jets Look to End Losing Streak

In January 2014, the Winnipeg Jets lost five in a row.  The losing streak cost the team a coach and likely their playoff chances. This season the Jets, under head coach Paul Maurice, are sitting in the first of two Wild Card berths, thanks, in part, to their solid performance in early January.  Their 2015 record leading up Read more

Calgary Flames Standing Tall

The Calgary Flames might not be headed to the post season this year, their fifth straight without an appearance, but that hasn’t stopped the team from giving their fans something to cheer about. The team’s recent play will put an exclamation mark on what has been, and was anticipated to be, a difficult season.  The Read more

Flames Relatively Quiet on Deadline Day

  When the clock struck 3pm ET on March 5th, marking the end of trades and signings for the final stretch of the regular NHL season, the Calgary Flames were relatively the same team.  As the last announcements trickled in after the deadline, the only reports out of Calgary were two trades and that pending Read more

Brian Burke Taking Baby Steps with the Flames

Brian Burke is just starting the considerable work he has ahead of him as the Director of Hockey Operations of the Calgary Flames.  There’s no indication that they have a General Manager in their sights but Burke did say he would make it a priority since there is plenty of long days ahead if he Read more

Holy Hockey Day in Canada!

In case you missed it, Hockey Day in Canada went out with a bang.   The tone of the game was set with the opening faceoff, when Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley sent out Kevin Westgarth and Brian McGrattan as part of his starting lineup.  The Vancouver Canucks responded in kind and a line brawl Read more

Calgary Flames a Year Later

What a difference a year makes.  Last night the Calgary Flames visited the Colorado Avalanche in the last of three meetings between the two Western Conference teams. To everyone’s relief, the Calgary Flames scored four goals in a 4-3 victory.  The Flames had been shut out in three of their last four games before last Read more

Winners and Losers

With the Pittsburgh Penguins adding veteran skill and leadership in captains Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars and Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames only days before the gruesome, season-ending injury to captain Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have my vote for the runaway winners of the trade deadline sweepstakes. Tampa Bay did alright as well, Read more

The Playoff Picture

The shortened NHL season is well past the midway point and now closing in on the finish as the playoffs loom on the horizon. But before the post-season tees up the intensity, there is the trade deadline and that final regular season push for the final playoff spots. In the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Read more

Rookie Watch

One of the most exciting aspects of an NHL season is the Calder watch. Of course, the Calder is the trophy awarded to the league’s top rookie, and this year the battle is more intense than ever. With high praise already going to handful of prospects, including forwrds Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Cory Conacher and Read more

NHL Mid-Season Awards

With everyone but the Boston Bruins having played at least 24 of the 48 games in this shortened NHL season, it’s time to take a look at who is leading their respective packs when it comes to the NHL awards. While individual awards are by no means the epitome of hockey, as the Stanley Cup Read more

Thunder Hawks

It’s become such a phenomenon that Lebron James of the Miami Heat, who have been on quite a tear themselves – winning 15 straight – sent his regards over twitter to the Chicago Blackhawks for their surreal unbeaten streak of 24 games, 30 if you count back to the end of the last regular season. Read more

Flames Fans Brace For Change…

The Calgary Flames have been a team in a state of flux over the last few seasons as they have aged and descended down the ranks of the Western Conference. Once a dominant force led by Jarome Iginla and Mikka Kiprusoff, the truth is that the Flames are now trying to tread water, seeking whichever Read more

Crosby Still King

After a couple years of uncertainty, Sidney Crosby has once again reached the peak of the NHL scoring charts. Healthy and perhaps on better shape than ever before, Crosby currently leads the NHL with 34 points in 23 games played. Sitting 2 points ahead of Tampa Bay sniper, Steven Stamkos, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain is Read more

A Few Surprises Among NHL’s Top 10 Scorers

Nearing the halfway point of this shortened NHL season, it’s interesting to see the familiar and not so familiar faces that dot the NHL’s scoring leader board. Among the top 10 scorers in the NHL are regulars such as Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos (both currently tied for 1st in scoring with 31 points apiece, Read more

Bruins, Blues Dominate Special Teams

It may be only a touch over a quarter of the way into the 48 game NHL season, but special teams are starting to set teams apart. On the power play, the St. Louis Blues have been nothing short of brilliant, scoring 19 goals on 60 power play opportunities for an astounding 31.7%. A full Read more

Ruff End for Sabres Head Coach

Yesterday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres ended one of the longest standing eras in all of pro sports by dismissing head coach, Lindy Ruff, after 15 years as the Sabres bench boss. Originally drafted by Buffalo in the 1979 NHL draft, Ruff played through the 80’s, eventually finding his way into coaching with the expansion Florida Read more

Quick Start Has Habs on Top

Last season the Montreal Canadiens finished in 15th place in the Eastern Conference, 3rd worst in all of the NHL, including the honour of being the poorest performing team on home ice. But that was last year. This season, the tide has turned as the Habs have embraced a new wave of change from top Read more

One Fasth Duck

One of the most exciting aspects of an NHL season is the Calder watch. Of course, the Calder is the trophy awarded to the league’s top rookie, and this year the battle is more intense than ever. With high praise already going to handful of prospects, including forwrds Nail Yakupov, Vladmir Tarasenko, Alex Galchenyuk, Cory Read more

Hockey Day In America – Growing the Game

If there is one thing that the 2004-05 lockout yielded, it was better coverage for the game of hockey. Especially in the United States. With the exponential growth of social media, the NHL embarked on a great journey to begin interacting and growing their fan base. From failures in Atlanta to success on Nashville, the Read more

Only 47 Days Until Trade Deadline…

With a quarter of the NHL season pretty much complete, attention turns to the second quarter and, of course, the fast approaching trade deadline. Set for April 3rd of this year, things are only beginning to heat up. Never before has the league had a trade deadline expire in April. And never before have fans Read more