As if it’s not enough to have to defend Evgeny Kuznetsov one-on-one, defenders are going to have to start worrying about every potential passing lane. That’s because it’s getting ever more apparent that defending Kuznetsov means any of his teammates, no matter if he’s looking at them or not,... Read more
It was not a good night for Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice. First and foremost, his Jets lost 6-5 in the shootout to Tampa Bay. But the health of his players was more on his mind after Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman caught two Winnipeg players with dodgy hits during the... Read more
St. Louis Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko is the type of player who isn’t often seen getting dropped with a big hit. He’s big, strong and moves around the ice so well that he’s hard enough to catch, let alone get body contact on. But Los Angeles Kings left... Read more
Whenever one of the NHL’s miscreants steps out of line, we here at usually flag the play and present it along with the headline: “Suspend him or not?” We will not do that with Leo Komarov’s elbow to the jaw of New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. We... Read more
After missing four games due to a concussion, the New York Rangers were thrilled to get captain Ryan McDonagh back on Wednesday night. Less than 24 hours later, it looks like he’s on the shelf again. Late in the first period of Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, McDonagh... Read more
And we’re off! We debuted the latest round of World Cup 23-man roster predictions Wednesday with Finland. Next up, we have Sweden. Boy, do the Tre Kronor look formidable on paper entering September’s tourney. For years, people have said “Canada’s B squad could win” at elite international events, but... Read more
Welcome to Episode 4 of The Hockey News Podcast. This week we’re joined by the commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League, Dani Rylan, to talk about the somewhat controversial Hockey & Heels promotion put on by the Islanders. We also talk to her about how the NWHL’s inaugural... Read more
One player on the Flint Firebirds was told that Joe Stefan, the team’s head scout, will be behind the bench when the beleaguered team faces the Erie Otters its scheduled Ontario League game Thursday night. And he will likely stay there the rest of this season. Read more
Pittsburgh winger Pascal Dupuis had his career cut short by blood clots, but the impact the veteran had on his teammates during his playing days is awfully apparent after a moving tribute video the Penguins put together for their longtime teammate. Dupuis, 36, was presented the inaugural Dapper Dan... Read more
If there was a consensus “least favourite player” in the league among fans, it’d probably be Brad Marchand. Considering all the dirty and sometimes reckless plays the Bruins left winger has administered over the years, it’s a pretty deserved reputation too. Fans always remember the bad stuff, and it’s... Read more