The Value of Canadian Teams in the West

This continues our look at Forbes’ The Business of Hockey report in reference to the Western Conference Canadian Teams. Unfortunately, it’s not great news, since all the Canadian teams in the west have trended down as all four teams missed the playoffs last season and sell-out streaks came to an end.. Still, 5 of 7 Read more

Canadian NHL Teams Playoff Standings: Western Conference

The 2013-2014 NHL regular season is down to its last week with only one Canadian team currently guaranteed a spot in the post-season. Not since 1973 has only one team made the playoffs from the country that claims the sport as its own. As of Monday, there are no Western Conference Canadian teams with the Read more

Breaking Down the Jets’ Final Games

You’d think it’s safe to say that the Winnipeg Jets are losing steam.  Monday night’s OT loss, a crash and burn that saw the Jets blow a 4 goal lead to concede victory to the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, should have exhausted any lingering hope of a 2014 playoff appearance and yet that loss, coupled Read more

Help Too Costly for Jets at the Trade Deadline

  There were a few teams, many of them Canadian, that stood pat as the NHL trade deadline marked the end of dealings and signings for the rest of the regular season.   Of those teams, no one took more heat for their inaction than the Winnipeg Jets. Like last season, the Jets are just outside Read more

Winnipeg Jets Finding Success under Paul Maurice

For those of us who thought, and my hand is raised,  that Claude Noel got a bum deal after being let go as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on January 12th, it turns out we might be mistaken.   To some of us, it felt that General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was putting too much blame Read more

Winnipeg Jets Firing Comes as No Surprise

When Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff hit the podium to announce the Jets’ coaching change on Sunday morning many were sorry to see one of the most quotable coaches in the NHL pay the price for a transition season but the truth is, no one was really surprised, since, after three seasons, fans had Read more

Winnipeg Jets: Evander Kane’s Return Not Enough

While the return of Evander Kane might have given the Winnipeg Jets a welcome boost, fans are still not satisfied with their struggling team. The star left-winger, who missed six games due to a lower-body injury, had an immediate impact on his team when he returned to the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets on 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

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