Canadian NHL Teams Playoff Chances: Eastern Conference

With one week remaining in the regular season schedule, only one Canadian team has clinched a playoff spot, the Montreal Canadiens.  Not since 1973 has only one team made the playoffs from the country that claims the sport as its own. Luckily there’s still time.  But as of Sunday only the Toronto Maple Leafs have Read more

Leafs Fans Misdirecting Their Anger

Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have a right to be upset.  After spending the majority of the regular season in a position of strength, it took just two weeks and a six game losing streak for the team to fall from 2nd in the Atlantic Division to 10th in the Conference.  When the final Read more

Leafs Too Confident Going into the Final Stretch

As expected, not a peep was heard out of Toronto as the NHL trade deadline came and went on Wednesday amid a firestorm of last minute deals and surprising trades.   General Manager Dave Nonis and the Toronto Maple Leafs management team stood by their decision to look for long-term player deals rather than mortgage the Read more

Tavares Out for the Season

It’s over folks. Canada is bringing home gold.  And as the NHL gets ready to resume play for the final stretch of the season on Tuesday, there will be some notable absences. Henrik Zetterberg will miss 8 weeks after having back surgery to repair a herniated disk and John Tavares’ season is over after suffering Read more

Leafs’ Kessel Earning MVP Status

It might have taken a little bit of time for the rest of the NHL to notice but here is ladies and gentlemen, Phil Kessel, having a banner year in Toronto.  If the Leafs intend to make a splash in the playoffs this season, or at least redeem themselves from last year’s Epic Meltdown, they Read more

Is Phaneuf Letting his Fans Down?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a season-best four game winning streak, but in the hockey-crazed City of Toronto these are small winnings compared to the bigger picture: making the playoffs.   So naturally, despite a recent string of solid performances there is fear, and that fear translates into finding ways to voice one’s concern.  In Read more

Hockey Day in Canada!

Get ready fellow Canadians, this weekend is the 14th Annual Hockey Day in Canada! The day is designed to celebrate hockey across our vast nation by bringing communities and Canadians together through a celebration of our favourite sport.  The day is hosted by Lloydminster, Canada’s only border city between Saskatchewan and Alberta, care of the Read more

Aggressive Play Costing the Leafs Wins

Jonus Siegel’s recent article for TSN outlined that the Toronto Maple Leafs’ leadership is struggling to figure out what is wrong with a team that has, as Siegel points out, just five regulation wins in its last 30 games. What stands out to me, in both the article and the Leaf’s beleaguered play, is not Read more

Leading Up to the Winter Classic

Starting today, the Toronto Maple Leafs only have the Bridgestone Winter Classic to think about. Last night’s 5-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes was the team’s 2nd in a row and the last game before the New Year’s Day contest against the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium. The Red Wings have one last game Read more

Barring a disaster…

The Montreal Canadiens will make the playoffs. In fact, they should have home ice advantage. With only 9 games remaining in the regular season the Canadiens are sitting 1st in the North East Division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 25-9-5 record on the year. Granted, only the Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched 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

Attention #Habs Fans!

As most of you may know, we have already had a lot of fun with our friends at montrealhockeytalk.com so far this season and we’re now excited to partner with them to bring you further excitement! Visit www.montrealhockeytalk.com to find out more details and be on the lookout for some exciting contests and giveaways coming 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